Matt Neal

Matt Neal
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 24% 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 15% 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 85% 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 60% 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 73% 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 93% 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
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) A blend of diamonds and dirt that makes the whole thing a middling experience. There's never a spark to light the film, or rather when there is, a damp squib puts it out. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) If this is indeed Rocky's last time ringside, it's a solid if predictable farewell to one of American cinema's most enduring characters. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's near-impossible to guess what the Coens will do next. One can only hope that it's as good as The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's a hot mess. The Crimes Of Grindelwald suffers from an excess of ideas but no solid narrative to hold them together. Easily the worst film of the franchise. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's Salander is a good one, certainly on par with Rapace's and Rooney Mara's, but she's stuck in a film that is sadly lacking heart and soul. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) We can bitch and whine about what's not here ... or we can sit back and enjoy the way it honours Mercury and Queen. I would much prefer to do the latter. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 79% Halloween (2018) I found myself being more appreciative of the filmmakers' efforts to recapture the vibe of the original than entertained or scared by the film itself. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) With the power of its music and its two leads (plus some nice support), A Star Is Born is a worthy retread of a well-worn path. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) For the most part this is good fun, but Bad Times At The El Royale doesn't quite check out. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) On the back of the remarkable one-two jazz combo of Whiplash and La La Land, (Chazelle) has aimed for the heavens and scored a rare hat-trick. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The sad truth is that Venom feels like the shameless cash-in many feared it would be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot looks great, sounds good, and is thoroughly and thoughtfully entertaining across its brisk running time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) As the mystery begins to unravel, so does the film. A tone that was already wavering gets some serious wobbles, and by the end, all of its flaws are on display. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) Saved by its "Loonies" and its laughs, The Predator is hoping to be the start of a whole new Predator saga (but) that's wishful thinking. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It deserves all the kudos it can get for its representation of Asian people (but) more than that it deserves to be seen because it's a fun, well-made romance. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's a shame there isn't more hilarity or noirish style to this ambitious cult-classic-in-waiting. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) I'm as much a fan of big-dumb-fun movies as the next man-child, The Meg is mostly just big-dumb. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This one will be remembered as "the one with the helicopter chase". Which is an insanely awesome sequence, by the way. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/5 91% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) City Of God is the very definition of cinematic lightning in a bottle. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The bad scenes are overwhelmed by the good, the laughs outweigh the mis-steps, the characters are great, and Sami and van Beek do an excellent job. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) The meme-worthy crane jump sums it up - yeah, it's ridiculous, but it's edge-of-your-seat stuff that somehow works if you're willing to go along for the ride. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 80% What We Started (2018) The documentary What We Started aims to be "the defining film of the electronic music genre" and, for now, it is. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man & The Wasp is funny and fun but a little too wrapped up and tripped up by its quantum entanglement of plots to be truly great. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom manages a few moments of visual showmanship that almost help pave over the clunky script and the feeling this is the runt of the dino litter. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is well worth the wait... (another) super-smart breakdown of family dynamics that just so happens to be wearing a superhero costume. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) A fun crime caper that's cool and breezy, like all fun crime capers should be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) Clever yet sincere, a masterful Theron performance, and it balances it light and shade pretty well. Just don't see it if you're thinking about having kids. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It doesn't achieve greatness, but it's certainly not the disappointment many expected it to be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.5/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It can't match its predecessor for originality, but the Merc With The Mouth once again brings the mirth. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018