Matt Neal

Matt Neal
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) If nothing else, 1917 is the Mona Lisa of planning. But thankfully it's a lot more than that. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/5 98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) This second outing from Shaun and friends has humour and takes its stop-motion to great heights, but lacks the extra facets and heart that made the first one so well-rounded. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) The vitality (on screen) makes it so enjoyable, but Gerwig's ability to re-frame Alcott's words and themes with a contemporary eye make it unmissable. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 20% Cats (2019) The filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could do a heavily CG version of Cats, they didn't stop to think if they should. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The Rise Of Skywalker is like a hyperactive three-year-old - filled with boundless energy and often entertaining, but mostly messy and directionless. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out isn't revolutionary and falls short of being a post-modern Poirot ... but it's an occasionally bonkers and enjoyable twist on an old tale. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) There are a lot of reasons to recommend this film, but the main ones can be summarised in surnames - Scorsese. De Niro. Pacino. Pesci. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Despite being very much about car design and the philosophy of race driving, it's a very human story that will win over non-petrolheads. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is far better than it has any right to be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) An immaculate acting display that ensures we see Garland as a real human, and not just the diva she could have been portrayed as. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) A great time and a good laugh... and if nothing else, Dolemite... is a worthwhile venture if it helps return Eddie Murphy to greatness. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It works, in a way only Wes Anderson can make such things work. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) It's like Goodfellas, but with strippers. Goodstrippers? - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) The Taxi Driver of comic book movies. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) A "help the creature get home" family adventure filled with so much fun and wonder that you just want to give the whole damned movie a big hug. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Its message is important and its story powerful, but it's told in a matter-of-fact and unsurprising way that works without ever excelling. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) An admirable attempt at an all-too-rare beast - the big-budget sci-fi art film - (but) the film is about as subtle as its redundant narration. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Along with Chapter One, this is a finely crafted horror duology that will stand the test of time among the better Stephen King adaptations. - The Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 23% The Kitchen (2019) Maybe we can get the TV series this deserves in 10 years time. But for now, a visit to The Kitchen is only going to get you a rushed, unsatisfying meal. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 66% Danger Close (2019) Stenders has put together a well shot and engaging re-enactment ... (but) it falls short in many other areas. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Welcome to Tarantino's weirdest film yet. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/5 48% Palm Beach (2019) Pleasantly average, vaguely disappointing, and largely forgettable. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This is less about cars, and more about Brosnan-era Bond-type OTT mayhem. Except on steroids. And possibly meth. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Wild Rose is the kind of star-making turn that will make, well, Jessie Buckley a star. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Visually stunning and majestic to behold, but this story was told with more power and finesse by its predecessor. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) It lacks a linear and layered story, but TSLOP 2 manages to be entertaining, humourous, and doesn't outstay its welcome. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The most enjoyable European vacation ever committed to the big screen (sorry Griswolds), and amazingly, it's even better than Homecoming. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Some marvellous and clever moments ... but it also feels surprisingly by-the-numbers. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As much as this feels like an unnecessary sequel, Pixar has done the impossible. It's turned the perfect trilogy into the perfect quadrilogy. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It will take the return of Will Smith to breath life back into a franchise that is otherwise drifting in dead space. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) They done a bad job with the Dark Phoenix story again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, screw you, Simon Kinberg. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) If you really want to line (Bohemian Rhapsody) against (Rocketman), it's no contest - Rocketman is far and away the better film. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) When it finally takes wing, this version of Aladdin soars like a magic carpet. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
1.5/5 14% The Hustle (2019) The film's inability to find its funnybone, combined with a tone that continually wobbles into bizarre places it struggles to get out of, makes this a criminal disappointment. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 87% Top End Wedding (2019) There's a lot to like in this film which takes us to a lot of places Australian cinema hasn't visited very often, both geographically and culturally. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) (No spoilers) The Return Of The King of superhero movies. An epic end chapter that closes a legacy in the best way, living up to the lofty expectations. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Compared to the rest of the DCEU, Shazam feels Marvel-esque, almost like a kiddie-friendly, less-overtly-meta version of Deadpool. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park boasts a refreshing level of thematic depth that helps overcome many of the movie's shortcomings. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The script is bloated and contrived in places (but) it still contains many of the beautiful things and themes that made the original so magical. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A funny and fun introduction to a mighty Avenger. It has flaws, but they only stand out because other MCU films have done these things better. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) Did Green Book deserve the best film Oscar? The short answer is "no", the longer answer is "no, but it's still a great movie". - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) In lieu of some emotional extremities, Stan & Ollie suffices as an okay-enough look into the later lives of two legends. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is like a wounded magpie - it's close to flying but is distracted too often by shiny, fast-moving things. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3.5/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Buoyed by a strong latter half and solid performances from Jones and Hammer, but let down by a patchy start and an inability to be as groundbreaking as its subject. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) There is a void at the centre of this film where there needed to be some heart. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) Could a Netflix movie win the best film Oscar come February 24? You better believe it. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt (is) the perfect Poppins for this whimsy-filled throwback to a bygone Disney era. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) If there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) The film is like a cool car with a charismatic driver at the wheel ... (that regularly) turns into a robot that's not as interesting. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Its hyperactive style and cartoonish plot will put some off, but this utterly enjoyable slice of superhero hyperbole is a sugar rush that's actually good for you. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018