Matt Soergel

Matt Soergel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Matt Soergel's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 33%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"Sure, it has some scattered big are-you-kidding? laughs, but could they have at least pretended that they weren't making the exact same movie? " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 25, 2011
3.5/4 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

" A spooky, sexy, streamlined adaptation." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 19, 2011
1/4 32%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"A real stinker." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 19, 2011
3.5/4 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Director Paul Feig takes the film in a laid-back, absurd and often improvised direction. Such looseness suits it -- while the plot may meander, it provides plenty of room for Wiig and her talented co-stars to cut loose." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 12, 2011
2.5/4 77%

Thor (2011)

"Hemsworth is a carved-from-stone god who makes Brad Pitt look as bulked-up as Angelina Jolie, and he gives just the right amount of wry recognition that this is all just summertime nonsense. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 5, 2011
2.5/4 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"It's a decent night out, provided you know what you're in for." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Up (2009)

"Everything else is up to the studio's usual standard, blending gorgeous and imaginative (but never gimmicky) animation with zippy storytelling, heartfelt sadness and laughs." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 15, 2011

127 Hours (2010)

"This is an honest-to-goodness, feel-good triumphant scene -- albeit one that's disorienting and exhausting, somewhat as it must have been in real life." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Blue Valentine (2010)

"It's complicated, like real life." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 15, 2011

The Rite (2011)

"Hopkins' light touch brightens up this exorcism film, one more concerned with creepy atmosphere than straight-out nastiness." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 15, 2011
3/4 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"There's plenty of drama to draw upon, and the steady Redford is wise to let the action unfold smoothly, teased out in testimony and flashbacks. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 14, 2011
2/4 26%

Arthur (2011)

"A flat but innocuous redo of an aggressively heartwarming film that hasn't aged well since its 1981 release. If you're not expecting much, it's not too bad. And if that sounds like faint praise, well ... " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2.5/4 46%

Soul Surfer (2011)

"A solid inspirational story that takes seriously a couple of things often made trivial in popular entertainment: surfing and religion. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 7, 2011
3/4 66%

Insidious (2011)

"James Wan knows his horror tricks -- even though "Insidious" has just a PG-13 rating, there were people jumping out of seats all through the auditorium. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 1, 2011
2.5/4 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"They have the power to walk through doors in one part of New York and come out in another. That power involves hats. Magic hats. Natty fedoras, mostly. Look, I told you it was loopy. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 4, 2011
3/4 87%

Rango (2011)

"He is "sinking deeper into the guacamole of his own deception," says the owl who leads a Mexican mariachi band that serves as the story's Greek chorus - a description that shows you just how willfully weird are the goings-on. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 4, 2011
2.5/4 56%

Unknown (2011)

"Amnesia antics and mistaken-identity capers, an innocent man on the run, a couple of car chases, a frosty blonde, chilly European settings, implacable assassins, cryptic codes, red herrings and even a ticking time bomb. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 19, 2011
1/4 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"It waits around for the chatty Vaughn to decide what he's going to do, ping-ponging between mean humor and bland sentimentality. The one bright spot? The performance of Channing Tatum. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 17, 2011
3.5/4 95%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Two great performances, neither marked by that 'look at me!' showiness all too often found in those genteel, award-grubbing, British period pieces that always come out this time of year. Instead they seem, well, very human." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 28, 2010
4/4 96%

True Grit (2010)

"A rousing adventure that's also sneakily comic, with humor that rises from the sharply drawn characters and the dialogue they spout. And how wonderfully they spout!" ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 21, 2010
2.5/4 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"A more than passable night out if you're fed up with the usual rom-com conventions." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 16, 2010
2/4 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Works best as a bit of tongue-in-cheek high camp." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 16, 2010
2/4 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"It bides time while watching extras watching Jolie do her fashion-model strut, her famous lips pursed just so. It doesn't help that she is so icily imperious that she seems more like a creepily gorgeous space alien than an actual human being." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 12, 2010
2/4 53%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"A bunch of evil old men get their comeuppance in 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,' but the girl who messes with their nest does hardly anything at all." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2.5/4 36%

Burlesque (2010)

"Wasn't it astonishing that the only nude scene involved not one of the burlesque dancers, but the posterior of the handsome male lead, who also has an on-and-off relationship with shirts?" ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 29, 2010
2.5/4 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Not likely to get much of an audience beyond those who have long suspected the worst of the George W. Bush administration. But they'll bristle with outrage again." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 18, 2010
3.5/4 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"An absurdist satire that's smart enough to follow its deluded losers all the way to the bloody end." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 18, 2010
3.5/4 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Who needs Hogwarts?" ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 18, 2010
2.5/4 56%

Morning Glory (2010)

"A frothy bit of entertainment that never gets tired of the glow that radiates off Rachel McAdams." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 9, 2010
3/4 80%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 4, 2010
2.5/4 40%

Due Date (2010)

"More of an extended sketch than a comedy classic. Still, it has Robert Downey Jr. in a comic role, which is a fine use of his incredible talents." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 4, 2010
2.5/4 62%

Howl (2010)

"There's more thrill in seeing Franco read it in front of adoring beatniks in 1955 San Francisco. Those scenes, filmed in black and white, have the heft and urgency of real life, turned mythic." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 1, 2010
2/4 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Two pounds of story flopping around in a 10-pound bag." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 22, 2010
4/4 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"So good it can make thrilling even the sight of people typing at computer keyboards." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 29, 2010
1/4 17%

You Again (2010)

"An oddly unpleasant movie, one that aims itself at a female audience, then proceeds to humiliate its female characters by making them petty, ugly and silly." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3/4 94%

The Town (2010)

"Now this is how you make a crime yarn." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 17, 2010
2.5/4 51%

The Switch (2010)

"The chemistry between Jason Bateman and a grave, sweet child actor gives 'The Switch' a little melancholy magic you might not expect, what with its sitcom-y plot and dialogue." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 20, 2010
3/4 81%

Like Dandelion Dust (2010)

"A well-acted drama with a compelling plot: You'll definitely want to see what happens at the end. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 81%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"I've spent perhaps 27 minutes of my entire life playing video games, and about that much time reading comic books. Yet I liked every minute of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.'" ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/4 78%

The Other Guys (2010)

"A hit-and-miss parody of mismatched-buddy cop films, which is not that easy, given how that grizzled genre has pretty much ossified into parody all by itself." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 6, 2010
3.5/4 96%

Restrepo (2010)

" This isn't the movies. It's life." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 30, 2010
3/4 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"It has room for a dozen or so comedians to cut loose, many of them at the final dinner party. Before that, though it gets best use out of a killer trio who throw everything they've got into this broad comedy. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2.5/4 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"The amazing Noomi Rapace is a sub-100 pound ball of fury, pain, wariness and soulfulness. Rapace owns this role, fully, and it's hard to imagine anyone else taking it over." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 23, 2010
3/4 62%

Salt (2010)

"The kind of movie that figures if Angelina Jolie can jump onto the roof of one speeding truck, then wouldn't it be even better if she jumped onto the roofs of three speeding trucks?" ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 23, 2010
3/4 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"Wonderfully acted, kind of creepy, drolly funny and quite content to be unlike most stories out of Hollywood." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 15, 2010
2/4 86%

Inception (2010)

"Meanwhile, explanations are offered, buildings collapse on themselves, DiCaprio frets moodily, henchmen fall over and that white van keeps falling off that bridge ... It's all very beautiful, and mostly very empty." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 15, 2010
2.5/4 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"A breezy bit of summertime family entertainment. " ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 14, 2010
3.5/4 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Probably the best in the series, and a definite rebound from the bland second one. It will make its intended audience swoon." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 29, 2010
1.5/4 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"While there's plenty of flatulence, the movie's out of gas well before it's over." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 25, 2010
4/4 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"This is how good "Toy Story 3" is: Even the ending credits have more story arc, more emotional resonance, than many other movies have in their entire running time." ‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 18, 2010