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Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Craig Mathieson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): sbs.com.au, The Age (Australia), The Sunday Age

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 9% Queen of the Desert "A work that not only references the historical setting and panoramic desert compositions of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, but the refined desire and period elegance of the Merchant Ivory canon. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 30, 2016
3.5/5 100% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "The humour here is derived from the gap between a fantastic scenario and the everyday outcomes. It's [Waititi's] ability to create a self-contained world - complete with amateurish songs - which makes the resulting dialogue so amusing. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 23, 2016
3/5 100% Highly Strung "The film is rarely staid and it is ego, whether endowed by the instruments or not, that often shines through in the overly busy structure that leaps from one tangent to the next. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 23, 2016
1.5/5 12% Gods Of Egypt (2016) "The sheer amount of digital effects, often poorly executed to the point of distraction, diminishes the feel for atmosphere and the clever reworking of genre that usually marks the features of Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) "All of Hillcoat's films are about worlds that have nightmarishly run of control ... It dives so deep into the pathology of corruption that no-one is untainted, and the grace notes are pure gore. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/5 90% Green Room (2016) "Saulnier's quiet dynamic ratchets up the tension before bursts of horror-like mayhem make clear that they are fighting merely to stay alive, not to make a point. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 63% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "When you add up the film's larks -- young women intent on forging their own pleasures, African-American cops, and gay marriage -- you have a vision of the America waiting for Trump's last hurrah. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
2.5/5 51% Bastille Day "Idris Elba ... provides a curt but nonetheless charismatic presence at the centre of Bastille Day, a vigorous thriller that ranges across both the French capital and contemporary fears. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
2.5/5 33% The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers (2015) "His personal insights are fascinating, but you need a good working knowledge of Israel's history since 1948 to place Avner's recollections into a wider context. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Courted (L'hermine) "The measured interaction of Luchini and Knudsen is a pleasure, with his querulous intelligence and her considered energy creating a dynamic that speaks to their character's quietly held desires. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
2.5/5 71% Remember (2016) "[It] mainly uses the Holocaust as a plot point, looming in the far distance but rarely considered. The film is more about the danger of forgetting, a recurring theme for Canadian director Atom Egoyan. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/5 90% Mia Madre (2016) "[The] division between what's on the screen and what inspired it - a process both sadly truthful and wryly amusing - is at the centre of this intriguing autobiographical feature from veteran Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/5 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "A fascinating account of an extraordinary life, defined by the process of accumulation and the unknown value of objects, which was lived amidst the great art and artists of the 20th century. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "Anthony and Joe Russo's first-rate feature provides both invigorating action and genuine contemplation. It's an engaging superhero movie that actually ponders the human cost of doing all that cool stuff. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted May 17, 2016
3.5/5 84% Midnight Special (2016) "The greatest special effect here is the piercing gaze and heartrending concern of Shannon's Roy, a father who has just regained his son but who knows that his child's otherworldly powers will mean losing him. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 25, 2016
2.5/5 83% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) "Pleasing but not always challenging. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 25, 2016
3.5/5 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) "Director Douglas Tirola makes the anarchic but nonetheless productive rise of what would become a multimedia franchise great fun. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 25, 2016
2.5/5 79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "The film knows exactly how to land, just not how to take off. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 100% Wide Open Sky "Punctuated by moments of unadorned performance, the documentary focuses on individual personalities and not socioeconomic factors, but it makes it clear that there are numerous children whose creative instincts just need a little nurturing. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 67% Pawno "The direction is unobtrusively sparse, but the underlying spirit is hopeful. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2.5/5 50% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) "The mix of political history and intimate psychology never quite combine. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3.5/5 94% Chemsex "A stark, sobering documentary. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "Near seamless in its reproduction of the mythical Indian jungle of Rudyard Kipling's 19th century stories on Hollywood sound stages and hard drives, Disney's latest take on The Jungle Book has a sense of momentum that mostly succeeds. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "In The Huntsman: Winter's War, no-one is the fairest of them all. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) "Some of the gags are sharp, but the filmmaking is often tepid and the editing lenient. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3.5/5 98% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) "It's a two-dimensional world on the screen, but the imagination at work is definitely in three dimensions. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 97% Sherpa (2015) "Sherpa repeatedly depicts, with an obvious empathy, Everest's conflicting elements ... No matter how high someone stands, the world's harsh realities are always present. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 95% Le Cercle Rouge (1970) "[Jean-Pierre Melville] gives the acquisitive fury of his characters a contemplative edge that has proven enduringly influential. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/5 74% Moomins On The Riviera (Muumit Rivieralla) "Animated with storybook intricacy and a gorgeously inky palette, this Finnish-French production provides an enjoyably idiosyncratic introduction to the Finnish comic strip first drawn by Tove Jansson​ in 1947. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 30, 2016
3/5 86% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "Kung Fu Panda is that rare film that actually benefits from the 3D process. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 30, 2016
2/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Little more than a time capsule. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 30, 2016
4/5 88% A Bigger Splash (2016) "An arresting film with a quartet of terrific performances, led by Fiennes. Guadagnino's English-language debut is essential viewing. Dive in. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 93% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) "It becomes a touch too self-referential, but the intricacies of the former couple's connection shines through. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "Goodman, too often a worthy supporting player, delivers a captivating performance defined by menace and delusional altruism, but there's a shortage of doubt or even just conflicting allegiances in the screenplay. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 25, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) "Eggers' aesthetic, suffused with artful dread and punctuated by a malevolent goat, runs deep, and its portrait of American hysteria manages to feel both historical and contemporary. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3.5/5 84% Victoria (2015) "Victoria takes its time establishing these characters, and as the stakes escalate it keeps returning to their faces, alternately harried and ecstatic. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "In this zippy and entertaining children's animation that comes with an unusually thoughtful commentary on inclusion and discrimination, the animals don't just come out in the city at night, they literally run it during the day. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2.5/5 38% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "Parts of it are quite unforgettable, and depending on your taste for the gross and unhinged, that may be a good thing or a very bad thing. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 77% Felix & Meira (2015) "Plot complications lessen the movie, but intermittently it is genuinely moving. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/5 83% Deadpool (2016) "Blithely acerbic and loopily enthusiastic in turn, complete with mocking comments direct to the camera, Ryan Reynolds plays the Marvel Comics character Deadpool... as an antidote to the solemn superhero industry. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2/5 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "What the film needed was a young Peter Jackson... but it's left with a surprisingly straight tone and the sense that this is an amusing idea for a comedy sketch stretched out to feature length. The only threat to your brain is boredom. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/5 97% Theeb (2015) "A coming-of-age story told with a genuine feeling for the vast, unyielding desert and an eye for the uncertainties of adolescence. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2/5 15% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Ride Along 2 tries hard but has little that is new or unexpected to offer. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3.5/5 94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) "In Philippe Garrel's finely wrought In the Shadow of Women ... the struggles of the creative class are repeatedly contrasted with the weight of 20th-century French history. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "Hail, Caesar! has its moments of pleasures, but often it leaves you with what Laurence Laurentz asks Hobie to deliver on camera: 'a mirthless chuckle'. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4.5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) "If the monstrously terrible scale of the Holocaust makes it impossible to truly understand...now the Hungarian feature Son of Saul offers a gripping new perspective. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4.5/5 91% Birdman (2014) "You never do find out what we talk about when we talk about love, but this wonderfully inexplicable movie is well worth adoring. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 22, 2016
4/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) "[Brooklyn] doesn't just look back wistfully at the past, it also transcends the period setting with powerfully timeless questions: Where do I belong? What can I make of my life? " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "Steve Jobs, a study of the late co-founder of Apple that takes place in the hours and minutes prior to three separate product launches, is a powerful film with little subtlety. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 10, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "It has a subtle but unsparing aesthetic; the most powerful camera shot is to slowly pull back from a busy desk, silently indicating the story's terrible breadth. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Feb 3, 2016
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