Matt Donato Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Matt Donato

Matt Donato
Matt Donato's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International, We Got This Covered

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Star Wars: The Last Jedi is striking, stunning, visually hypnotizing, thrilling - everything "epic" about the famed franchise rolled into a tremendously overcharged start to Rian Johnson's Star Wars career.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
8/10 84% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is both a fulfilling reinvention and adventurous video game quest that's far funnier, and unexpectedly exciting, than you could hope from an evolved reboot with explosive fantasy character.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
5/10 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League is a sloppy team-up film that doesn't even take time to properly introduce pivotal members of its titular team, but when you're playing a dangerous (also ill-advised) game of catch up, these are the risks.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
9/10 97% Coco (2017) Coco shows more life in death than 99% of movies today, which should come as no surprise as Pixar once again aims directly for the heart.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/10 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder On The Orient Express is an antique mystery that chugs along at 5-miles an hour without any turns that might jolt viewers in the slightest. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
7/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thor: Ragnarok may be a better comedy than epic action adventure, but it certainly makes us fall even more in love with the "Cosmic Marvel" universe.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
5/10 34% Jigsaw (2017) Jigsaw feels like a forced hodgepodge of previous franchise entries that never carves its own identity, making you question what prompted such an expected reboot these few years later.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/10 15% Amityville: The Awakening (2017) Amityville: The Awakening is the kind of "meta" sequel that pokes fun of other franchise entries - saying 2005's remake "blows" - without ever recognizing its own place in (back of) the pack. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/10 33% Leatherface (2017) Leatherface is an origin story that attempts to carve new mythos for one of horror's mightiest legends, but ends up leaning on franchise references and bleakness to an unnecessary fault.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4/5 100% Rift (Rökkur) (2017) Erlingur Thoroddsen tells a common story in the most uncommon regard. Reflective of our own inner demons whether we might realize it or not, begging questions and demanding answers without any guidance. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
5/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Happy Death Day is a generic PG-13 horror purgatory that's lived on repeat until even weaker motivations take us farther out of any semblance of storytelling thrills.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017) Haunters is a scare industry doc that pushes hard into the realms of extremists and questions what may come next with sensible trepidation.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
7/10 81% Cult of Chucky (2017) Cult Of Chucky roots itself in nostalgia long enough to shock us all by flipping the Child's Play franchise on its head in an invigorated, inspiring, and oh-so-deadly way.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
4/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Professor Marston is a sweet, saucy biopic about unconventional love and iconic origins (plus bondage!).‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3.5/5 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game is a winning Stephen King adaptation that understands how to thrill through dread and mental breakdowns over cheap thrills.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3.5/5 91% Thelma (2017) Thelma doesn't exactly tell a unique story, but Joachim Trier's vision is so strong you'll barely even notice.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
7/10 82% Mom & Dad (2017) If you get excited by the thought of Nicolas Cage destroying a pool table via sledgehammer while screaming The Hokey Pokey, Mom And Dad is the movie for you.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
5/10 64% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is a disappointing film about a supremely interesting topic thanks to a shift in direction that's far more basic than the idea of a shrinking man suggests.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2017
10/10 95% Bodied (2017) Joseph Kahn resurrects a type of cinematic satire that isn't afraid to expose society for what it's become, cracking a few eggs and flipping so many birds in the process.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
7/10 94% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2017) Let The Corpses Tan is a fetishistic, ultra-violent exploitation flick that's all kinds of artistic and exciting when it comes to midnighter execution(s).‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
8/10 92% Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Anna And The Apocalypse is an enthusiastic coming-of-age musical that cares just as much about bellowed heart and soul as it does keeping horror fans entertained.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
6/10 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Brawl In Cell Block 99 takes a bit to get started, but when it does, it's a punishing spiral into the depths of exploitation madness too gory to believe.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
7/10 88% Wheelman (2017) Wheelman is all about speed and timing in the best ways - simple, exciting and for the love of Bronson, can we give Frank Grillo the credit he deserves?‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
6/10 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Vaughn sticks to what he knows with his Kingsman sequel but rarely ups the ante, making this a fun-enough entry into an already-too-familiar franchise.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
6/10 68% mother! (2017) I still don't fully understand how I feel about Aronofsky's latest, but hell, if you're into this kind of crazy, mother! might just be for you!‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
9/10 85% It (2017) Andy Muschietti's It is a wholesome adaption that never sacrifices story for cheap scares, which makes for a brilliantly chilling tale rooted in heart and fluent in screams.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
6/10 40% Death Note (2017) This is a fine beginning to Netflix's dark franchise, but with a little more playtime for Light and his book, Death Note could have been more than a generic fire-starter.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
4/10 46% Bushwick (2017) Bushwick sets New York City ablaze but never tells us why, leaving viewers with nothing but street violence and an empty hopelessness.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/10 44% Red Christmas (2017) Red Christmas is solely for those horror fans who enjoy cheap, CHEAP thrills and low budget fodder (and hopefully a ton of spiked eggnog).‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/10 58% Lemon (2017) Lemon rolls a bunch of sequential scenes from start to finish, fruitless and unfortunate in its lack of any lasting effect.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
6/10 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The Hitman's Bodyguard is the kind of film you discover while channel surfing, stop on, and end up watching the whole thing without any previous intention.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
7/10 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ is more than another zany coming-of-age story, honest enough and wired to blaze a trail of individuality with Danielle Macdonald dropping the right beats.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
7/10 91% Good Time (2017) Good Time is just that and little more, but Robert Pattinson's performance deserves praise like "career-defining" and "best yet."‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2017
6/10 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Annabelle: Creation carves itself a fun little haunted house to play around in for a quick dose of scares and screams.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
7/10 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is the kind of social media satire we need, even if a tone-shifting second act drives focus from mental health to less interesting criminal goofiness.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
4/10 83% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelo has made something horrifying, painful and rage-fueled in Detroit, but this focus on genre aspects undercuts a story meant for larger meanings in the end.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/10 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower is a shot-to-the-heart of cinematic intrigue, as Stephen King's beloved story loses all magic in its big-screen adaptation.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 87% Better Watch Out (2017) The innocence of Home Alone meets jingle bell schlock, and while Zack Kahn's story isn't wholly unpredictable, what plays out still subverts typical babysitter-in-peril tropes (enough).‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
8/10 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is one country-fried hootenanny of a heist thriller that goes off with a (Joe) Bang.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
7/10 100% Lowlife (2017) Lowlife is a dirt-nasty nonlinear debut for Ryan Prows, sewn together from vengeful, spite-driven tales of urban survival.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
7/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's biggest departure yet is successful in showing the horrors of war without relying on action-heavy expectancies.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/10 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian focuses on a larger sci-fi spectacle populated with unfleshed characters and some of the worst dialogue Earth has to offer.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
8/10 76% Killing Ground (2017) What Backcountry did for campfire creature attacks Killing Ground does for murderous bushmen in the same setting.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/10 17% Wish Upon (2017) Wish Upon is a Final Destination redux that pulls too many punches.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
8/10 90% A Ghost Story (2017) A Ghost Story leads you down a path that allows for personal reflection, which will either sooth lost souls or scare them away.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
5/10 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Despicable Me 3 hits a supervillain high with Balthazar Bratt, but also a franchise low as far as Gru and Dru's brotherly reunion is concerned.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
6/10 77% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours is saved by Fred Armisen and Kate Miccuci, the only performers who don't suffer from the film's one-note delivery at some point.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
7/10 86% Okja (2017) Okja is a wild, tender tale of wonderment and friendship, delightful but still with smacks of vile consumerism darkness.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
7/10 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) While War for the Planet of the Apes's third act is a bit hairy, the sequel helps cement the franchise as one of the more exciting mainstream properties worth watching.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/10 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Bay's latest Transformer title is a daunting behemoth of a film and you can feel every ounce of dead weight, as sins of the past are committed without any signs of stopping.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017