Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby
Matt Glasby's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film Film4 Little White Lies Radio Times Flicks.co.nz The List South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 95% 13 Assassins (2011) A devoutly classical, if not exactly classic, remake of a 1963 period samurai film. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2011
3/5 85% Tracker (2011) An old-fashioned adventure yarn that tramps reassuringly through familiar terrain. At least the destination - not to mention the casting - is more interesting than the journey. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2011
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) Promising and, in places, highly effective, this haunted-house variant more than fulfils its Friday Night fright flick duties but could have pushed through to a whole new plane. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2011
3/5 68% The Silent House (2011) A flawed but fascinating experiment. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
4/5 80% Wake Wood (2009) The biggest surprise is not that it's hair-raising, but that it's heart-rending too. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2011
3/5 71% Never Let Me Go (2010) A film that wants to cry, but can't remember how. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2011
1/5 9% Age of the Dragons (2011) Sadly, any car-crash appeal is undercut by the cardinal B-movie sin: dullness. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2011
4/5 100% Waste Land (2010) A reminder of humanity's ability to transcend its surroundings through art or just plain optimism. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Zebra Crossings (2008) As a film it's powerful if flawed; as a calling card it's extremely impressive; and as a state-of-the-nation snapshot it's, frankly, terrifying. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2011
3/5 92% The Kids Are All Right (2010) How, despite such a talented, femme-centric cast, does Ruffalo's loveable idiot manage to walk off with the film? - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2011
3/5 17% Travellers (2009) Boasts a beautiful slide-guitar score, a fearsome bare-knuckle boxing sequence and a sweary cameo from Charlie Boorman. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2011
3/5 64% Outcast (2010) It feels like the story ends just when it's really starting to cook, but this is an original, engrossing exploration of ancient black magic against a backdrop of endless grey. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2010
5/5 73% Monsters (2010) As a film it's a couple of notches shy of a masterpiece, but as an achievement it's completely without precedent. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2010
3/5 49% Devil (2010) Tense, overheated but played rigorously straight, Devil is exactly what you want from a B-movie. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2010
2/5 72% Machete (2010) All set up and no punchline. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2010
4/5 81% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) Tense, terse and beautifully crafted, it plays out with all the dread of a deadbolt hammering, inevitably, home. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2010
3/5 65% Jackass 3 (2010) Is this the future of cinema? Let's hope not. But the concept of grown men debasing themselves for your viewing pleasure is proves worthy of one more go-around. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
3/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) Cannibalism runs in the family in Jorge Michel Grau's intelligent but underwhelming social-realist horror. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2010
3/5 79% The Hunter (2012) Conjures moments of alluring bleakness evocative of Melville, including the best fog-based car chase you'll see all year. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2010
3/5 53% Mr. Nice (2011) A faithful, fun but flawed adaptation of a shaggy-haired, shaggydog story. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2010
4/5 87% Buried (2010) Reynolds is an irrepressibly (some might say irritatingly) verbal actor, so there’s something both genius and obscene about subjecting him to solitary confinement by cinema. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010
5/5 96% Back to the Future (1985) Zemeckis' popcorn classic combines watertight scripting with broad but brilliant performances, all held together by Fox's stumbling charm. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 88% World's Greatest Dad (2009) What threatens to be the World's Greatest Dud proves anything but. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/5 45% The Horde (La Horde) (2009) Even Romero never looked on the human race with such unfettered disgust. Let's pray this particular reading proves way off the mark. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2010
4/5 45% The Horde (La Horde) (2009) Subtlety is admittedly the very first casualty, but when the claret's flying with such élan, who gives a merde? - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2010
3/5 25% Splintered (2010) An enthusiastic, if dog-eared mongrel of a movie. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2010
5/5 96% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) Like Goodfellas without the visual fizz, or Scarface played straight, this is, quite simply, one of the greatest prison films ever made. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2010
4/5 96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) A strange oxymoron of a film, like a straight-faced Spinal Tap or a Man On Wire for liars. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2010
3/5 42% The Expendables (2010) The entertaining action scenes are as weighty and gnarly as the actors' grizzled mugs. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2010
4/5 86% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) Up close, it's a blur of meticulous details that don't quite make sense; but step back and its towering ambitions become indelibly apparent. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2010
1/5 29% It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) This stodgy supernatural farce is riven with insoluble problems. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2010
2/5 13% The Final (2010) Is the world ready for a Columbine-inspired horror? Not one as crass as this, that's for sure. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2010
2/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) Although the ever-reliable Chan's on hand to dispense hard-won wushu wisdom, Harold Zwart's awkward update brings little else to the ring. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2010
1/5 8% Mega Piranha (2010) We can ridicule every frame. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2010
4/5 82% Skeletons (2010) Though there's a little narrative drift in the middle, as a portrait of lives wrecked and remedied by memory's narcotic pull it's both strange and strangely moving. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2010
4/5 48% MacGruber (2010) Throwaway but genuinely funny throughout, MacGruber plays like Hot Shots: Part Trois or a live-action Team America: World Police -- a summer six-pack movie that makes up for in laughs what it lacks in longevity. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2010
3/5 71% Black Death (2011) Having set his characters adrift in a world gone-to-hell, Smith proceeds to leave them (and us) hanging. The result is a brave, serious-minded but odd film that promises more than it delivers. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2010
4/5 68% [Rec] 2 (2010) The greatest zombie sequel since Dawn of the Dead. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2010
2/4 9% Shank (2010) That the entire narrative can be easily compressed into a 90-second dream sequence says much more than the garbled anti-violence messages. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2010
2/4 55% Perrier's Bounty (2010) There are flecks of wit and charm to be found in here, but really it all boils down to second-rate Ritchie. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2010
4/5 70% The Crazies (2010) Switching from fright film to Holocaust metaphor without ever relinquishing its popcorn-flick credentials, this is a vivid portrait of small-town apocalypse that earns its place in the annals of horror remake excellence. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 41% 44 Inch Chest (2010) This arthouse gangster oddity could have set the West End alight - particularly with this Best of British cast, all full of the requisite sound and fury - but it struggles manfully on the big screen. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
2/5 69% Daybreakers (2010) Iffy plotting, squiffy dialogue and directorial indecision - is this po-faced science fiction or hokey horror? - leave the film, like its protagonist, torn between two extremes. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2010
55% The Descent 2 (2009) At one point they even clamber over the corpses of the original film's victims to get to safety. It's not, on reflection, a bad metaphor for the entire enterprise. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2009
3/5 67% Bunny and the Bull (2008) Gorgeous to look at, mostly funny and destined for deserved cult repute, the film only flops in the last act, when narrative drive fails to replace the wonky novelty. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2009
1.5/5 14% Dead Man Running (2009) Too dark and cumbersome as a comedy, too weak and unlikely as a drama, this retro Ritchie wannabe has an eye-catching cast but can't decide between the cartoon and the kitchen sink. - Film4 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2009
4/5 80% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) A baroque shocker of sensuous unease and cinematic excess marbled with veins of jet-black comedy, Thirst is far from a perfect film, but it might still prove to be a great one. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
3/5 84% Pontypool (2009) Big on atmos, low on incident, this claustrophobic chiller captures the hysteria of a town flailing on the frontline of disaster. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
5/5 100% Toy Story (1995) Turns out the real magic is nothing to do with technology: it's in the words, the voices, the story. But then, a child could have told you that. - Film4 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
2/5 86% Ip Man (2010) Man's extraordinary biography makes for an awkward, inauthentic-feeling biopic. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009