Matt Neal

Matt Neal
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 88% Bonnie and Clyde (1967) There is Hollywood before Bonnie & Clyde, and Hollywood after Bonnie & Clyde. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
5/5 83% The Sound of Music (1965) Singing nuns and gun-toting Nazis - something for everyone. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
3.5/5 77% PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021) More ambitious but fundamentally the same show the kids have always loved, Paw Patrol gets a big-screen update worthy of putting on the big screen. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
3.5/5 67% Respect (2021) Jennifer Hudson takes this biopic to another level, dragging it out of its paint-by-numbers storytelling. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
5/5 98% King Kong (1933) It's effects are transporting and dazzling, but they are merely means to end, which is to tell a tale of humanity's (and Hollywood's) hubris. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
5/5 98% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Few satires are stranger or sharper, and there are few funnier films that come from a weirder and braver starting point than Dr Strangelove. - Movies Ate My Life EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
3.5/5 79% Black Widow (2021) An origin story without totally playing out like one, but also a hard-punching spy thriller with a strong central theme. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
5/5 100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Wildly unconventional for its time, it makes its A-list star a villain, there's no romantic subplot, and it's far grimmer than most movies of the age. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
4/5 98% The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Very much of its time in some ways, but what makes it memorable is how ahead of its time it was in the ways that really mattered. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2021
5/5 95% The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) The way it destroys two men by giving them exactly what they want is sublime storytelling. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3/5 59% F9 (2021) Not terrible, yet not as exhilarating as F5 nor as passionate as F7, it feels very much like a tipping point in the series. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella works best when it's not beholden to a bigger franchise, and instead offers glimpses of a far more exciting non-Dalmatian-related movie. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
5/5 96% Annie Hall (1977) There is so much to love, admire and enjoy about Annie Hall. Incredibly, it's also important and groundbreaking at the same time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) This sequel can never feel as fresh or as groundbreaking as the original, but it lives up to the high bar set by its predecessor. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
2/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) There are twists and turns aplenty here - some satisfy, many don't - but as they pile up, the film gets less and less convincing. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) A brash, non-stop Energiser Bunny of a film filled with big ideas but an even bigger heart. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
3.5/5 98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Yes, it's a technological triumph of its era, but the supply of character development and plot are as short as the dwarfs themselves. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
5/5 98% The Father (2021) A masterfully made film that is a feast for both the brain and the heart, and a work-out for the tear ducts. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) This reboot gets what made the game fun - blood and battles - and it's just smart enough to make sure nothing gets in the way of that fun. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Putting us in Ruben's head strengthens the theme of loss of identity... and makes the character's hardships hit harder than a drummer on a snare. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2021
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) People will keep coming back to this film for years to come because its messages and themes are timeless. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2021
3.5/5 86% The Courier (2020) Much like Greville Wynne himself, The Courier is solid and does its job with a minimum of fireworks. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
2/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Short review: all the stuff where Godzilla and Kong (and other spoilerific kaiju) fight is awesome. Everything else around it is rubbish. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3.5/5 67% Crisis (2021) Ironically, this worthy film has been overshadowed by other events in the world - much like the opioid crisis itself. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
4/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) A fascinating story starring a hero that struggles to stay on the right side of likeable, but who is all the more compelling because of this. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
3/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Chaos Walking isn't great, but it's good enough thanks to its fascinating premise and its committed cast. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
4.5/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Disney princesses ain't what they used to be, which is a good thing. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
3/5 45% The Little Things (2021) An atmospheric thriller with few thrills, but fortunately there's a killer cast to save the whole thing from being a complete waste of time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 89% High Ground (2021) There are moments when this well-intentioned Northern Territory drama soars like the hawk that gives its lead character his name. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
5/5 88% Onward (2020) That Pixar magic, that sprinkling of Pixar dust... makes Onward as spellbinding as it is enriching. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 88% News of the World (2020) A high-quality time-filler that might not stick in the memory like their previous collab Captain Phillips, but it's a fine piece of work. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is a powerful blend of Spike Lee's skills as educator and entertainer. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
4/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Aaron Sorkin has an uncanny ability to make the most mundane or complicated subject matter not only palatable but entertaining. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Here is a man (Boseman) at the peak of his powers, even as Death's icy grip was pulling him down. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
4/5 83% Mank (2020) For those of us who love Citizen Kane as much as Fincher, Mank is a godsend. But the reality is there's little here for the casual passer-by. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) After such a stirring debut, it's pains me to say that Wonder Woman 1984 isn't that wonderful. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
5/5 95% Soul (2020) Another example of Pixar's prodigious ability to elevate CG animation to a level of art that is astounding, thoughtful, emotive, and profound. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
3.5/5 89% The Dry (2021) The film does a fine job of capturing what makes the original story so strong, and the few flaws don't detract. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
5/5 94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) This remains one of the greatest films of all time for its tonally perfect examination of power, authoritarianism, oppression, mental illness, morality and more. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 87% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) The Godfather Coda is not worthless, nor is it wholly necessary. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
5/5 96% The Godfather, Part II (1974) The Godfather Part II set a template for sequels - dig deeper, hit harder, push further. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
4/5 100% The Maltese Falcon (1941) But more often than not, the fast-talkin' double-talkin' sings in the mouths of its cast, and Bogart's performance is a star-maker. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
5/5 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) A parable and a fairy tale that speaks to the child in us all, and wishes that we could all be more like Elliot, and less like the grown-ups. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
5/5 100% The Grapes of Wrath (1940) The Grapes Of Wrath deserves to be remembered and revered because, sadly, it's as relevant today as it was in 1940. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
5/5 97% Double Indemnity (1944) With its genre-defining moves and censor-baiting story, Double Indemnity is a momentous moment in Hollywood that we take for granted. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
5/5 99% All About Eve (1950) The kind of dialogue actors kill for. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
5/5 95% High Noon (1952) The film's assessments of violence and responsibility continue to see High Noon so deliciously open to discussion almost 70 years on. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
3/5 96% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) No other film is as still relevant and yet sadly out-of-date as Mr Smith Goes To Washington. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
5/5 92% To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Atticus Finch is a film hero in a way we don't often think about - resilient, caring, empathetic, loving, dignified, and keen to make a better world. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
5/5 99% Chinatown (1974) One of the best screenplays of all time, even in spite of its Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020