Matt Fagerholm

Matt Fagerholm
Matt Fagerholm's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 71% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Few filmmakers have ever been as gifted at affirming the degree to which we are more alike than we may ever have thought possible. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 90% The Unicorn (2019) An endearing symphony of misread cues, fumbling advances and accidental epiphanies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 93% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Regardless of its missteps, Grossman's film should be seen as a necessary introduction to a multitude of stories warranting greater analysis. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) With its balance of exuberant humor and rigorous insight, Bathtubs Over Broadway provides as stellar an education for the uninformed as Siegel's 'The Bathrooms Are Coming!' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018) Occasionally the dialogue can be too on-the-nose... yet Goldberg's utter disinterest in condescension is precisely what makes her movie so lovable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 94% In the Loop (2009) Iannucci's film is a smashing satire for our politically challenged times, but beyond that, it's also a magnificent verbal comedy, the joy of which is nearly impossible to describe in a family-friendly review. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 100% Liyana (2018) As tough as the subject matter may get at times, the film is guaranteed to be an uplifting one for viewers of all ages, with its emphasis placed on the joy of its subjects, whether it be in their everyday life or in the midst of their creative process. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 61% Summer '03 (2018) Though the film's screwball energy keeps things relatively sunny, neither Gleason nor King fail to take the central protagonist's emotions seriously. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/4 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) It plays like the jazzy riff of a seasoned quartet, complete with buoyant solos that may not connect to much else but are still a joy to witness all the same. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 63% Bel Canto (2018) What makes every iteration of Bel Canto such a richly rewarding journey is the gradual evolution of its characters, who begin to form a makeshift family as the outside world grows more distant with every passing hour. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) There are no thrills in this western yarn, just a mounting series of tragedies that are by turns frustrating and numbing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 77% Active Measures (2018) A documentary that chillingly illustrates the decline not only of democracy but of moral leadership in America. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/4 38% An Actor Prepares (2018) The characters are so off-putting that our time spent with them quickly devolves into an endurance test. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/4 60% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) One of the best films I've seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 82% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Though the subject matter could've been developed into a more challenging and provocative yarn, this film's chief aim is escapism. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/4 89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Fans of Basquiat, Driver and her many, many interview subjects will eat it up. Everyone else will feel compelled on more than one occasion to check their phones. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/4 69% Paterno (2018) What makes Paterno such a disquieting experience is its preoccupation with the cost of denial, and the nightmarish way it can burrow into your subconscious. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/4 86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) The great value of Christian Duguay's film is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 60% Benji (2018) This 2018 release feels like it arrived fresh from 1974, and that is what makes it a delight. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4 100% Rogers Park (2018) It is a testament to the filmmakers and their superb cast that this story arc doesn't come across as mere trickery. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2.5/4 59% Entanglement (2018) For moviegoers who don't mind shutting down their rational brains in order to enjoy 85 minutes of likable escapism, Entanglement will be just the ticket. Probably. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 69% Beuys (2018) In terms of provocation, Beuys could certainly provoke me into reading a book on its subject, a fine alternative to sitting through this evasive misfire again. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 67% My Art (2018) [A] provocative feature directorial debut. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/4 100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) [An] enthralling and masterful achievement. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2.5/4 92% Intent to Destroy (2017) A sporadically successful indictment of how U.S. policy has been synonymous with alternative facts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/4 91% Human Flow (2017) A towering achievement from one of the world's foremost champions of human rights. Its subject matter may be overwhelmingly bleak, but its call for unity is profoundly invigorating. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
1.5/4 67% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) The film follows in its subject's footsteps to a fault, and it does so in rubber heels. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A feature-length biopic that appears to be comprised of half-realized highlights from a television miniseries. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
1.5/4 7% Fallen (2017) Yet another would-be YA franchise inspired by recycled formulas rather than life experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3.5/4 50% Bronx Gothic (2017) A stirring ode to the liberating catharsis of artistic expression, as embodied by Okpokwasili and Born's transcendent theatrical masterwork. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/4 60% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) An engrossing account of a story that is as relevant as ever and as American as apple pie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/4 93% Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) A stirring ode to the power of the individual in a society that values conformity over individuality. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/4 70% American Anarchist (2017) An intriguing film about an infuriating man. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1/4 52% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) Though the picture is admirable on a conceptual level, its execution is incoherent, interminable and a colossal strain on the eyes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/4 77% This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017) Gigi's exuberant presence makes the picture a complete joy from beginning to end, as Kopple seamlessly weaves her own documentation of her subject's journey with footage from Gigi's videos. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/4 94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) Midsummer in Newtown is at its best when it simply observes kids like Gregory finding comfort on stage while channeling their inner creativity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 81% They Call Us Monsters (2017) There's a considerable amount of catharsis in They Call Us Monsters, but it is bittersweet at best. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Coin Heist (2017) One of the finest achievements of Hagins' adaptation is that none of her main characters can be defined by a reductive label. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/4 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) There are numerous thrilling sights to behold. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3.5/4 100% Disturbing The Peace (2016) Effectively illustrates the universality of suffering by juxtaposing the stories of people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
100% The Stairs (2016) A deeply inspiring look at ordinary people striving to defy the odds. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
49% Mascots (2016) This film is a trifle raunchier than Guest's previous fare, and though it's not as consistently uproarious as his best work, it is pretty darn close. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3.5/4 90% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Barbara Kopple's cinema has always been about capturing the immediacy of the moment, and what she finds here is a woman morphing before her very eyes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
4/4 97% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) It's miraculous that the film exists at all. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2/4 69% Lucha Mexico (2016) At a time when the physical toll of punishing sports is being reevaluated in film, it's difficult for me to get much enjoyment out of the theatrical machismo and unsettling masochism on display here, no matter how "staged" it may be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
0/4 17% Careful What You Wish For (2016) Plays like a painfully stilted high school production of "Fatal Attraction." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/4 21% Welcome To Happiness (2016) The irony is that as Gallner's performance gets stronger, the film around him grows weaker. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
4/4 No Score Yet A Light Beneath Their Feet (2016) "A Light Beneath Their Feet" is a triumph of empathetic filmmaking. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
1.5/4 12% Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016) "Papa" is merely cinema at its dullest, a perfunctory assemblage of biographical bullet points in which characters explain their lives rather than live them. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
3.5/4 68% Rabin, the Last Day (2016) Frequently horrifying and never less than absorbing, "Rabin, the Last Day" is a meticulously observant portrait of a broken society. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016