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 Slashfilm We Got This Covered Flickering Myth

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T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 75% Good Boys (2019) If children are our future, I hope Good Boys is subsequently the future of conscious but dynamically chaotic hilarity. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
8/10 93% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary is proficiently tense, dashingly macabre and soaked in nightmarish tones that thrive on audience screams. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
5/10 47% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The Curse of La Llorona tries to replicate the best of the Conjurverse but follows the most basic horror blueprints and without particular excitement. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
8/10 91% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters is a must-see horror comedy that proves Lupita Nyong'o should be starring in far more horror movies than she's been offered at this point. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
7/10 95% Us (2019) Us is a volatile, vicious, and boldly expressive horror movie of the loudest volume, proving Jordan Peele to be one of the most invigorating filmmakers in today's genre scene. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 89% Prospect (2018) In Prospect, the mundane becomes memorable. History repeats itself in theme, but this sci-fi sandbox is a whole new world. Imaginative, robust, and impressively fine-tuned. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
94% Starfish (2019) Starfish is intimate, exploratory, divisive, and rooted in artistic splendor - a goes-for-broke debut for A.T. White that's admirably personal. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Samuel L. Jackson, Goose, Lashana Lynch and Ben Mendelsohn frequently meet performance challenges to remind us that Marvel's heart still beats steady and strong... - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 71% Climax (2019) Gaspar Noé grants characters humanity then cuts them loose like rabid dogs in heat, fully delivering on the twisted payoffs to come. French Extremism is alive and well, and no one pushes boundaries quite like Noé. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 55% Greta (2019) Greta is a deliciously despicable story of dangerous obsessions (at its best) that's played to perfection by an outstandingly unhinged Isabelle Huppert. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
7/10 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is a more ambitious, more entertaining - albeit less horror powered - time-warp sequel that proves Jessica Rothe's blinding talent no matter what dimension she's in. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/10 9% The Amityville Murders (2019) The Amityville Murders wastes historical reverence on a paint-by-numbers ghost story that relies too heavily on eyesore animated effects. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 77% Pledge (2019) Pledge stakes its genre claim on fruitless anger, merciless abuse and satirical wit concerning what we're willing to do for popularity. Daniel Robbins does plenty with what some will consider a bare-bones take... - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/10 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Once Upon A Deadpool supports the worthiest of causes, but "PG-13 Deadpool 2" is a much duller, hacked-up sequel than this year's *already inflated* R-rated release. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is imaginatively ambitious superhero cinema with no rules, which is more positive than negative as Wan's vision is realized like an underwater laser light spectacle that the DCEU so desperately needs right now. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
5/10 40% Leprechaun Returns (2018) Leprechaun Returns mixes red blood and green goo with exquisitely gory results, but Steven Kostanski's command of over-the-top deaths isn't enough to distract from the film's flat-footed storytelling jig. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1.5/5 20% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) The same throwaway blaspheme you've switched off time and time again on late-night cable. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Get ready for the "Spider-Verse" to become your new favorite superhero universe, where porkers can be heroes and a leap of faith grants you access to one of 2018's most memorable theatrical experiences. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is two-plus overstuffed hours worth of too many characters fighting for screen time that no enchantment can salvage. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
7.5/10 73% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) The Standoff At Sparrow Creek exudes nail-biting tension thanks to Badge Dale's commanding investigative brutishness. Exquisitely tense and heated to a furious boil. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
9/10 88% The Night Comes For Us (2018) Timo Tjahjanto masters fist-of-fury filmmaking not only by dragging audiences into a mega-fun knockout most pit but experimenting with body-cam angles and honoring continuity. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 66% Suspiria (2018) Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria will divide fans of the original and those excited for something fresh as a testament to long-form (2+ hour) filmmaking that holds together impressively well. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
8/10 85% Tumbbad (2018) A welcoming breed of horror that transcends barrier, creeds, and beliefs. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
8/10 81% Overlord (2018) This is why horror fans go to the movies. Bold ideas, blackened execution, and a fighting spirit that spits at enemy feet. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
7/10 79% Apostle (2018) Gareth Evans' Apostle is The Wicker Man, "Safe Haven" and Silent Hill thrown into a boil that bubbles over during a ruthless third act that certainly delivers if you have the patience. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
5/10 32% The Predator (2018) The Predator guts and slashes its way to gory sci-fi mediocrity, but is further failed by abysmal pacing that loses characters, subplots and interest along the way. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
6/10 26% The Nun (2018) Romanian castles and catacombs define The Nun's tremendous location characteristics, which are inherently spooky when used to heighten a more "generic" brand of horror than Conjurverse films are used to. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
7.5/10 46% The Meg (2018) Give us more giant shark movies, Hollywood. Please don't let The Meg be a one-off. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
7.5/10 No Score Yet LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp! (2018) An utterly delightful blend of headbanger rambunctiousness and proper coming-of-self sweetness. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
9/10 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Child actors display the poise of veterans, [director] Issa López creates on multiple levels of artistic complexity and the entire production will leave you moved in a most wondrous - completely destabilizing - kind of way. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
7/10 100% Luz (2019) Luz is one freak-without-a-leash, non-conventional horror dive that grows stronger as unknowns pile up. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
7/10 88% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Nightmare Cinema works the format and brings legends together in a freakish, enthralling callback to similar anthology concept The Theatre Bizarre. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/10 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unfriended: Dark Web takes all the most engaging and horrifying techno-horror qualities from Unfriended and wipes the cache disappointingly clean. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
7/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible - Fallout is cocked, locked and ready to blow you away with more than just Henry Cavill's forearms. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/10 54% The First Purge (2018) The First Purge doubles-down on bloody opposition against true-to-life societal fears, but abandons the subtlety needed to prevent Gerard McMurray's prequel from becoming anything more than hateful retribution. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
7/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man And The Wasp is the kind of playtime entertainment suited for Scott Lang's better-when-on-a-team personality, loaded with size-shifty sight gags and lower stakes worth Paul Rudd's ensemble stardom. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
8/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a midnight movie that snuck into primetime billing, amplified itself in the process and came out boastfully committed to the sci-fi looney bin (in a most admirable way). - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Brass tax, Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons shape Hearts Beat Loud into their own layered underground hit that marches to a unified tempo. - Flickering Myth EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
6/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) How does a movie about the galaxy's most dashingly roguish outlaw end up being the safest Star Wars to date? - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
7/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is an overstuffed cinematic burrito of raunchy insults, dismembering violence and a "no f#*ks given" attitude that's ready to burst at any second, but somehow holds together bite after enjoyable bite. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
7/10 87% Cargo (2018) I don't mean to keep throwing The Walking Dead under the spike-tired dystopian bus... [but] Cargo just does it better. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/10 40% Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell is a frosty Graboid rehash that's running on franchise fumes at this point. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
7/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War cares a bit too much about being "Part 1" and holding enough development for "Part 2," but MCU fans should see their 10-year buildup expectations met - not exceeded, but met. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018) Deep Blue Sea 2 is a wet, coarse fin slap to the face of its far superior, and infinitely more fun original shark thriller. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) I dare you to reach the credits of this generic schoolyard excuse for genre furtherment. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
7/10 80% Blue My Mind (2017) Blue My Mind's liquid coming-of-self fluidity is a well represented young girls experience with new feelings, unable to wrestle against changes far beyond her control. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
6/10 68% Wildling (2018) Wildling may swerve last-minute into a less dense finale, but Bel Powley's performance is worth this fierce and untamed coming-of-self arc that's so exquisitely female-centered. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 62% Anguish (2015) Within a matter of hours, Anguish went from an ambiguous horror title to one of my top horror films of the year. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
8/10 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Wail loud, scream proud and support this kooky exploratory import that's worth one hell of a night with rocksteady friends, horns in the air, until the final credits roll. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018