Matt Schley

Matt Schley
Matt Schley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Japan Times
Publications: Japan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 No Score Yet Human Lost (2019) No longer human? Make that no longer interested. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Her Blue Sky (Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo) (2019) Her Blue Sky feels more like a retread than a rediscovery. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hello World (2019) A significant portion of the characters' charm comes from designer Yukiko Horiguch. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Ni no kuni (2019) All in all, the plot is about as lifeless as the animation. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Five Million Dollar Life (2019) Remarkably well-constructed, especially for a first-time director. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 75% Ride Your Wave (2019) Even within a more standard framework, though, [director Masaaki] Yuasa's voice shines through. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lupin the Third: Fujiko Mine's Lie (2019) [Lupin the Third. creator Kazuhiko] Kato has passed, but his creation is in the hands of a director who gets what makes Lupin and his frenemies so cool in the first place. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 96% Promare (2019) Just try to leave the theater without feeling a blazing passion in your guts. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Birthday Wonderland (2019) [Birthday Wonderland] is not the first, and will almost definitely not be the last, to try to push the Miyazaki buttons - and while it succeeds on the surface, it lacks the deeper emotional core to make for something truly wondrous. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Shinjuku Tiger (2019) Tiger is like the Shinjuku version of a religious ascetic, with movie theaters and Golden Gai as the sites of his pilgrimages. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (2019) The film's out-of-touch attempts at humor may find them hunting for the reason the franchise was so popular in the first place. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet School-Live! (Gakkô-gurashi!) (2019) Being aggressively boring, in fact, is the greatest sin of "School-Live!" The principle that each scene of a film should push the story forward is discarded with abandon. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 89% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) I generally consider myself a happy city dweller, but by the end of the film, I was thinking about when to make my next weekend retreat - and leave my phone and earphones behind. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
2/5 92% I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai) (2019) A high school quasi-romance that, depending on your tolerance for melodrama, will either leave you sniffling or wishing some zombies had shown up after all. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/5 100% Penguin Highway (2019) The folks at Colorido would do well to ignore any such murmurs and simply create the kinds of films they want. With "Penguin Highway," they're on the right path. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
2.5/5 80% Flavors of Youth (Si shi qing chun) (2018) While supporting young directors and international co-production are both admirable pursuits, I wonder how many viewers will be satisfied with the flavor of these somewhat under-baked shorts. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
4.5/5 91% Mirai (2018) I think "Mirai" is, despite its family-size stakes, daring. It's this decision to portray the very real feelings and actions of a jealous child from that child's point of view that makes the film so admirable. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4.5/5 82% Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) This film will resonate just as strongly with anyone who's ever been through the emotional roller coaster known as high school. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) Maquia is a solid directorial debut and, with its relatable message, it may also find the prolific screenwriter new fans. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 80% Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017) Being two of Japan's biggest pop-cultural exports, it's a small wonder Godzilla and anime haven't been brought together before now. But better late than ever. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution (2017) For first-time Eureka Seven viewers, Hi-Evolution 1 never quite delivers that "eureka" moment. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017