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Matt Brennan

Matt Brennan
Matt Brennan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Slant Magazine, Paste Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 85% Lion (2016) Lion's faults of structure and pacing might limit its power, but in stretches it still roars.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
1/4 89% Christine (2016) It largely fails to animate Christine Chubbuck's inner turmoil, focusing instead on broad, blunt externalities.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
2/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker strains to control the strange and stirring complications of his subject's visionary apocalypticism.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) A masterful, muscular actioner, one with an understanding of human stakes that puts most studio tentpoles to shame.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/4 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) It's a mere fulfillment of familiar tropes, but it approaches sports movie's conventions with a light, funk-inflected touch.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 78% Goat (2016) The film's understanding of the brittleness that begets the "traditions" of frat culture is altogether shallow.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
2/4 79% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Jeff Feuerzeig isn't skeptical enough of Laura Albert's explanations and rationalizations to reveal any more than she wants us to know.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
3/4 95% Spa Night (2016) It recombines elements of the emigrant saga and the coming-of-age story into a searching, fresh-faced portrait.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
3.5/4 97% Little Men (2016) Director Ira Sachs transforms the smallest blip on life's radar, a childhood friendship, into a momentous occasion.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/4 87% Looking: The Movie (2016) The movie is a lovely, bittersweet coda to HBO's underappreciated series.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2016
2.5/4 93% Tickled (2016) There's no sustained effort to answer the first question any editor or J-school instructor worth his or her salt would ask: So what? ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
2.5/4 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) The film's clichés ultimately contain both too little conviction and too little complication.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 1, 2016
3.5/4 88% The Invitation (2016) A charged, unnerving turn of the screw, The Invitation is consumed by the fear of forgetting--and, in the end, of not being able to.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
3/4 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Director Gavin Hood treats the aesthetics of high-tech surveillance as the opaque membrane through which the prosecution of the War on Terror must pass.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
2/4 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) It constantly blunders into stylistic choices and narrative clichés that sabotage the sturdy two-hander at its center. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2016
4/4 97% 45 Years (2015) It's the summative effect of the story's modest exchanges, unspooling one after another in long, tranquil shots, that lends the film its profound sense of loss. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 78% Tom at the Farm (2015) Its allegory for internalized homophobia, a gay man's perilous attraction to straightness itself, seems in this case deeply persona.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2015
.5/4 31% Cas & Dylan (2015) The film simply mucks up its earnest take on the buddy movie with undercooked characters and on-the-nose writing.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2015
2/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) In straining for the profound, the film ultimately loses its way in a veritable no-man's land of ill-conceived stylistic choices and narrative switchbacks.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2015
2/4 55% Woman in Gold (2015) The film evades all but the most careful commonplaces about the relationship between the viewer and the work of art at its center.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 43% Effie Gray (2015) It spins the narrative of one of the Victorian art world's most mysterious marriages into a study of life lived and life merely examined, a fecund fairy tale in reverse.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2015
2/4 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) The film mostly skirts any connection to musical theater as though it were faintly embarrassed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
1.5/4 71% Big Eyes (2014) In style as in content, it offers neither the granular detail of more subtle period pieces nor enough of Tim Burton's spirited eccentricity to register as anything other than what one character derides as "that representational jazz." ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Normal Heart (2014) Flawed but terrifically moving, The Normal Heart is a boldly corporeal expression of gay political consciousness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe (2008) Rarely has a film killed off its own best instincts with more vigor.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2008