Matt Pais

Matt Pais
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) Emitted the vibe of people who feel like everyone should be grateful they at last came down from their cloud to grace us with superficial nostalgia. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
B+ 39% We Are Your Friends (2015) Assures that fighting uncertainty with action is the closest thing there is to hope. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
C 40% Sightless (2020) There's suspension of disbelief, and there's far-fetched nonsense. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
C 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Just because the subject is important doesn't mean the movie's good. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
A 97% Spontaneous (2020) I'm blown away that this strange, difficult movie exists and so deftly accomplishes the inherent hope and fear of 21st century America. Overlooked and amazing. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
A- 100% Rewind (2020) An unshakeable portrait of sexual abuse's impact on a family, history as the source of explanations, and personality being at the mercy of experience and trauma. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
A- 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Forget the abysmal Soul; this is the heart of music, and the experience that drives it. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
B+ 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Blends some of the year's best cinematography and special effects with a gasp-inducing story of abuse. Crisp and menacing. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
B+ 90% Kajillionaire (2020) Delivers several quintessentially July-ian scenes of astounding, unique power. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
D 95% Soul (2020) Offensively implies -- in this year of all years -- that those who don't survive near-death experiences pass away because of a lack of inspiration or determination. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 76% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) "How To Make Money" showcases the hypocrisy that drives a situation where politically driven emotion typically trumps common sense. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
D- 19% Friendsgiving (2020) Fauci recommends staying six miles away from Friendsgiving. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B 97% Shithouse (2020) A portrait of raw, evolved sensitivity, tackling an emotional late bloomer in a way that is never ironic or played for laughs (but that can still be pointedly funny). - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
D- 53% Hubie Halloween (2020) We are at a point where a lot of people are embracing cruelty. Meanness disguised as comedy is cinematic gaslighting. And I've had it. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
D+ 56% Love, Guaranteed (2020) Like spraying an empty air freshener to cover a fart, Love, Guaranteed claims to indict fraudulent presentations of romantic possibility while becoming exactly that. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
C+ 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) Reinhart knows how to play sad without just moping. While the film's only a footnote in the coming-of-age genre, she's clearly ready to graduate. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
B+ 89% Banana Split (2020) Underrated ambitious, and fun as hell. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
B 84% I Used to Go Here (2020) The kind of movie that your brain pokes at while your heart feels it still. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B 74% The Rental (2020) Lean and crisp like an envelope, and just as capable of piercing the skin. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
D+ 95% Palm Springs (2020) Its phoniness feels like painting a patio blue and calling it a pool, and then being dumb enough to jump in. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
D- 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Reminiscent of everything and better than nothing. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
D 15% Desperados (2020) Very 2020 in that it's disturbingly awful. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
B+ 93% Straight Up (2020) Challenges both viewers and its characters to feel, think and listen at the same time, something that's easier said than done in reality and a rarity on screen. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
C 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Quotable this is not, unless you plan to drop "Let's go sex nuts" into conversation. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
C- 71% 7500 (2020) Calling it snail-paced would be insulting to snails. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
B+ 100% United Skates (2018) Joyous, informative, necessary. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
A- 88% American Animals (2018) Observes a cocktail of boredom, ambition and peer pressure, topped off with romanticizing the first two-thirds of a movie and shrugging off the inevitable downfall. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
A- 97% Free Solo (2018) What type of risks make life worthwhile? And how many times can you say "Oh my god oh my god oh my god" to yourself while watching a movie? - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
A 62% Vox Lux (2018) Fascinating and daring, isolating small bursts of consolation in a deeply upsetting time while asking how enduring joy can exist for kids brought up on relentless heartache. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
A 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Delivers something so full of strength and sadness that anyone who calls it slow should have to take a 100-level course in humanity. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
C- 35% A Kind of Murder (2016) Less cat-and-mouse than cat-and-mirror. The movie just sits there, proud to look pretty, not really doing anything. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
A- 95% Little Women (2019) Could be a new feminist classic. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
A- 81% Greener Grass (2019) Hypnotically bizarre, Greener Grass is Pleasantville bent at the angle of a sports injury you almost can't bear to watch. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
B+ 96% Booksmart (2019) A moving, modern view of teenage life that's both very funny and draped in kindness and vulnerability. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
A 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A tremendously intimate, gradual burn of forbidden love. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
A 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Might be the filmmaker's most precise examination of the relationship between art and reality. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
D 33% The Wrong Missy (2020) A laugh riot if your favorite word is "pubes." - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/4 60% Kaboom (2011) It adds up to a sick joke that's not quite mind-blowing, but there's a gleeful thrill that comes from seeing such unflinching, defiantly goofy weirdness once in a while. - RedEye EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3.5/4 92% Holy Motors (2012) It's a glorious, gross, absurd, haunting dream and deconstruction of identity that may enthrall like a symphony or annoy like a rash. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
A 94% Marriage Story (2019) Startling, complex, funny, heartbreaking. The year's best movie. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
C 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) As underwhelming as its predecessor was impressive. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
C 79% Late Night (2019) How devastating for a movie that is meant to be topical to feel like it has been on the shelf for a while. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
D 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) An excruciating, manipulative dose of Lifetime movie emotion delivered through a daily calendar of competitive driving metaphors. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
C+ 89% Paddleton (2019) A more daring movie might have strived to really rock the foundation of this central relationship and see what shakes loose as a result. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
D 61% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Feels exhausting before the body count even begins. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ 91% High Flying Bird (2019) A reflective, angry wake-up call. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
D 65% Vice (2018) All "what" and no "how" or "why," Vice is the most disappointing movie in I don't know how long. Man, I cannot believe how bad it is. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C- 59% The Front Runner (2018) Approaches something important and refuses to be interesting. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
A- 91% Support the Girls (2018) The rare movie about really important issues that also manages to be light on its feet and entertaining. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 86% The Wife (2018) As flimsy as the marriage it depicts. - MattPais.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018