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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/10 46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
7.5/10 71% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
9/10 87% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7/10 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
7/10 62% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
8/10 88% Tumbbad (2018) A welcoming breed of horror that transcends barrier, creeds, and beliefs.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
8/10 80% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
7/10 80% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
5/10 33% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
6/10 27% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
7.5/10 45% The Meg (2018) Give us more giant shark movies, Hollywood. Please don't let The Meg be a one-off.‐ Slashfilm
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
7/10 92% Nightmare Cinema (2018) Nightmare Cinema works the format and brings legends together in a freakish, enthralling callback to similar anthology concept The Theatre Bizarre.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3/10 58% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/10 53% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
7/10 86% 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
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
Read More | Posted May 5, 2018
7/10 84% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/10 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) I dare you to reach the credits of this generic schoolyard excuse for genre furtherment.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
7/10 78% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
6/10 70% 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
8/10 91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
4/10 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane is rarely the vote of confidence that Apple hoped their iPhones would get as filmmaking tools, even if cinematography isn't always to blame in this predictable case of disturbed paranoia.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
7/10 55% At First Light (2018) First Light nimbly condenses similar, more complicated stories for a greater storytelling accomplishment. ‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
10/10 93% Blindspotting (2018) Blindspotting is a force to be reckoned with in terms of experience, anger and boiled frustrations that beg anyone watching to lead the charge for change.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
8/10 100% A Vigilante (2018) A Vigilante succeeds not by exploiting torture, but instead shifting focus to Olivia Wilde's painful, so very real performance.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
8/10 81% Ghost Stories (2018) Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's remarkably ambiguous Ghost Stories is unconventional, structurally bonkers and bloody-freakin'-brilliant.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
9/10 86% Upgrade (2018) Leigh Whannell's latest film Upgrade is one of the most strikingly invigorated sci-fi watches I've been awestruck by in quite some time.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
9/10 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is so scary relatives five generations back will be able to sense your fear.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
6/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One, for better or worse, opens with Van Halen's "Jump" and never looks back (up to you if that's a good or bad sign).‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
7/10 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers sells itself as a parents-first warpath comedy, but the true treat here is watching a trio of young women navigate sex-comedy narratives that boys have dominated for far too long.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski orchestrates a loud and ferocious symphony of sonic scares that will assert A Quiet Place as one of the year's most terrorizing films.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
6/10 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The Strangers: Prey At Night is a feature-length homage to Carpenter's best, and albeit familiar in structure, Johannes Roberts' execution strikes with brute ferocity.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/5 47% Here Alone (2017) Here Alone is a sometimes-striking, sometimes-repetitive glimpse into apocalyptic drama that struggles to offer anything new.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/10 17% Death Wish (2018) Death Wish is so misguided it's somehow less subtle than The Boondock Saints. ‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
8/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther proves how representation can rejuvenate even the oldest superhero origin arcs, allowing Marvel a victory that still feels every bit a Ryan Coogler film.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
4/10 50% Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) Hellraiser: Judgment is a stuffy police procedural masquerading as a torturous Pinhead franchise entry.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
5/10 64% Victor Crowley (2017) Adam Green never abandons his splattery sensibilities in Victor Crowley - which is a good thing for gore fans - but the franchise's darkened atmosphere is barely recognizable this time around.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
7/10 71% The Ritual (2017) The Ritual may start on familiar footing, but trust in David Bruckner's ability to summon some nasty tension and a third act that horror fans will be talking about all year.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
5/10 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Cloverfield Paradox tries to wedge itself into Bad Robot's franchise, but ultimately comes off as a quickie fixer-upper with enough story issues of its own.‐ We Got This Covered
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018