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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
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "A loopy comedy hanging out inside a Hollywood blockbuster ... Paul Feig's female-centric remake is smart, funny and surreptitiously subversive. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/5 97% Sing Street (2016) "Irish filmmaker John Carney's abiding affection for the emotional pull of making music gets a buoyant charge of adolescent nostalgia in Sing Street, a charming tale of first band and first love. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "[Works] equally well as a perceptive essay for the experienced and an engaging primer for initiates. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Mr. Gaga "Director Tomer Heymann captures both the intimate authority of Naharin at work and then the beautiful range of movement conveyed on stage by his dancers. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 19, 2016
3.5/5 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) "Susanna White's film, with its unexpectedly evocative colour palette and steady drip of danger, might tidy up le Carre's worldview, but idealism still feels like a losing proposition. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3.5/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "Maggie's Plan maintains writer-director Rebecca Miller's close fascination with the turning points in female lives, but drama has given way to screwball momentum. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/5 68% Central Intelligence (2016) "[It] succeeds on its admittedly meagre ambitions because of the productive dynamic between the two leads and a surprisingly honest appreciation of how teenage ups and downs linger into adulthood. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 5, 2016
4/5 92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "Built around long, unsparing takes that are scrupulously observant ... the movie makes clear the importance of employment as a means of not just economic but mental underpinning. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 5, 2016
3.5/5 90% After Hours (1985) "The film is riddled with cryptic mysteries, not to mention Cheech and Chong, and it plays as an urbane older brother to David Lynch's psychosexual masterpiece Blue Velvet. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 5, 2016
1.5/5 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "Even as Asia is dropped on Europe the film lacks the comic book enthusiasm and clear-eyed momentum of the 1996 original. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jul 5, 2016
3/5 90% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) "Expertly staged inside a Hong Kong hospital, the latest film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To is a matter of life and death from three outlooks. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/5 59% Me Before You (2016) "It's understandable that disabled activists have protested, given that this clumsy English romantic melodrama suggests the loss in quality of life for a quadriplegic is such that euthanasia is the only course of action. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3.5/5 100% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) "Doleful humour, abrasive familiarity, and an avoidance of horror tropes such as shock cuts, anchors the film's mood in the everyday, even as the atmosphere relentlessly darkens. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 27, 2016
3/5 73% The BFG (2016) "Spielberg has already made one brilliant movie about a young English child thrust into a dangerous environment with 1987's Empire of the Sun, and perhaps a further touch of darkness would have added some contrast here. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/5 29% Warcraft (2016) "If you're already Bored with the Rings, then fantasy epic Warcraft is the last thing you'll want to see. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 19, 2016
2.5/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) "Dory can fritter away your interest, and the prominence also exposes the limitations of DeGeneres as a voice actor: daffy blather is a cinch for the talk-show host, but she absolutely milks any attempt at pathos. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "Cheadle is compelling, but his movie sometimes struggle to make the many elements harmonious. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 19, 2016
4/5 96% The Fits (2016) "A quietly audacious coming-of-age tale lodged inside a psychological horror film. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 19, 2016
3/5 89% The World's End (2013) "The thinness of the plot -- as opposed to the sturdy themes -- and sitcom-y snap of the dialogue only tire towards the end. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2.5/5 26% Backtrack (2016) "The script from writer/director Michael Petroni is so ruthlessly focused on planting symbols and advancing menacing clues that the protagonist's journey into his own past begins to feel pre-ordained. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3/5 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) "Cannily written and directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), so that an air of whimsical hope and discovery never quite comes unstuck at the hands of embarrassment and recrimination. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 12, 2016
2.5/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) "[It] zips along on childish impulses, a cartoonish view of good and evil, and a genial approach to saving the world that thankfully opts for goofy as opposed to gravitas. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3.5/5 86% Downriver "[A] harrowing exploration of atonement that establishes a stark atmosphere from the opening scene. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 5, 2016
2.5/5 54% God Willing (Se Dio Vuole) "A plan gone awry is a traditional screen farce, but God Willing never builds up the comic energy to sustain such an approach; the schemes peter out before they can attain a lunatic silliness. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 5, 2016
2/5 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) "A busy but perfunctory experience, complete with some blatant product placement for a Macau casino. The idea that these movies speak for the individual against an encroaching system is one illusion you can easily see through. " ‐ The Sunday Age
Posted Jun 5, 2016
2.5/5 10% 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 16% 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 54% 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 91% 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 62% 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
3/5 100% 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 91% 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 83% 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 84% 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 80% 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 94% 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 79% 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
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