Matt Wolf

Matt Wolf
Matt Wolf's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian Variety Associated Press The Arts Desk

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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 59% Rare Beasts (2019) Piper makes a commendably edgy debut as writer-director onscreen while affording herself a stonking star part. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 90% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2021) Throw in footage of film adaptations of their work, ranging from A Streetcar Named Desire... and much more, and you have a riveting mosaic of two men marginalised by society who came to occupy pride of place in the cultural zeitgeist. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
3/5 69% Moxie (2021) A teen comedy with a thematic difference, Moxie has enough memorable moments to firmly establish comedian Amy Poehler as a director worth reckoning with in what is her second film... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
3/5 92% Sequin in a Blue Room (2019) And just as I was tiring of another lingering close-up of Sequin in the shower, I noticed something else: the extent to which the water droplets after a while could serve as a visual equivalent for the young man's tears. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
2/5 34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) It's been some while since I've seen a movie so fully squander a fascinating real-life subject. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 58% To Olivia (2021) If it's true that we all become stories in the end, let's hope they end up better told than this one. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Two genuinely lovely performances elevate an often-simplistic tale in Penguin Bloom... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 29% Blithe Spirit (2021) A muted Arcati only serves to expose the gathering hysteria around her, as ramped up in a final reel in which Elvira devolves into a simpering psychotic and Charles gets sectioned. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/5 80% I'm Your Woman (2020) The long-delayed ending settles for the preposterously sentimental, even as the movie as a whole rewrites a time-honored dictum whereby ignorance turns out to be tedium, not bliss. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
2/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) The film hits every emotional cue with a ponderousness only partially alleviated by a mighty cast. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) The film wends a too-convenient path towards its hug-filled ending. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 100% No Hard Feelings (Futur Drei) (2020) Love triangles rarely feel more truthful or more tender than in No Hard Feelings, a beautiful film that announces debut director Faraz Shariat as a filmmaker worth reckoning with. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 100% Rialto (2019) Even at its most unyielding, the film is carried along by its actors. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) I didn't buy much of Get Duked!, I have to say, but in the ongoing competition that is any actor's career, I wish its central quartet all the luck in the world. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 100% Perfect 10 (2019) The sensitivity beneath the pair's apparent toughness is evident at every turn, and the bittersweet ending feels right for a movie that may not be perfect but nonetheless should be seen. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
4/5 96% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) The film is violent where it needs to be but also stealthily affecting and riveting throughout. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
2/5 62% Love Sarah (2020) The cakes look great, but it's back to the recipe books in almost every other way for Love Sarah, a subpar film from director Eliza Schroeder about the struggles of a west London patisserie in the age of Brexit. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
2/5 55% Back Roads (2018) If you're going to engage with adultery and incest and lord knows what else, you'd be well-advised to exhibit a subversive sense of playfulness and daring along the way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
18% Love's Kitchen (2011) Director James Hacking has chosen the recipe marked "formulaic" for a project that, on the big screen at least, comes across as decidedly small beer. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
2/5 29% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) Marking her first fictional feature, the director Elise Durán has to push mighty hard to keep enough plates spinning to see us through an attenuated 90 minutes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
4/5 91% What Richard Did (2013) The acting could not be bettered, from the principals on down. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/5 44% Cuck (2019) I'm afraid I spent most of Cuck rolling my eyes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 88% Plus One (2019) Maya Erskine's commitment to her part is total, which in context comes as a decidedly mixed blessing. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) How refreshing to find a movie that actually views people in middle age as sexual beings. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 73% Harriet (2019) On more than one occasion, Harriet seems caught in that not-unusual limbo between wanting to honour its subject while avoiding the mess, whether physical or emotional, that goes with it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 81% Judy (2019) Zellweger finds the amalgam of fragility and fury that drove Judy Garland for as long as was possible. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 79% Late Night (2019) And yet time and again, Mindy Kaling's script seems itself in need of doctoring from one of Katherine's put-upon scribes. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) The dynamics between Joan and the men in her orbit rarely rise above the pulpy, and one can't help but feel after a while as if her character is being as insistently patronised by the material as she is by those who insist on calling her "the little lady" - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe, eyes shining, is at his considerable best when words fall away and Van Gogh interacts with a world that risks driving him mad. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 78% Old Boys (2018) Cyrano de Bergerac is only faintly detectable in this protracted and tiresome comic adaptation. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
3/5 88% A Private War (2018) Heineman is far better off letting Pike's unforced charisma and sense of purpose carry the day. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
2/5 71% All Is True (2019) Bardophiles may forgive a lot just to hear these actors recite passages from The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream, even if one has to wonder whether the real-life Will really was so self-obsessed as to drop his own poetry into casual conversation. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 65% Vice (2018) The larky over the lofty is McKay's admirable strategy throughout. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) This is harrowing stuff, to be sure, but the movie for the most part feels oddly becalmed. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) The voiceover narration alone makes one wonder how this script ever survived a first readthrough. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) And whatever tears you may shed at the end feel entirely earned, as is one's respect for a movie far better than one might have imagined: a film director is born. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 86% The Wife (2018) A strong cast flails in what amounts to a glorified TV movie. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 67% The Seagull (2018) Annette Bening in full flow is always worth one's attention, and a distinguished supporting cast for the most part matches her a large part of the way. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) More visually alluring and confident than its stratospherically successful forbear, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again beats to a genuine heart, as well. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/5 56% The Bookshop (2018) Following hard on the lamentable Book Club, here's another film that appears not to know what to do with the landscape of the printed word. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
4/5 98% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) And when Nothing Like a Dame draws to a close with audio of Dench reciting "our revels now are ended", the only possible response is to insist that they are not. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/5 92% Beast (2018) Two fast-rising actors, Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn, lend genuine flair to a thriller that needs its mesmerising star turns to rise above the murk. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) It sets the pulse racing in what emerges as an adrenaline rush of a requiem. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 85% Game Night (2018) If the results sometimes tip towards self-indulgence or self-parody, the movie is still far cleverer and more engaging than one had any right to expect. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) There may not be blood in this final collaboration between Day-Lewis and director-screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson, but psychic mayhem surely lies in wait. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
74% Sunshine (2000) There's no denying the rare ambition of a film with intelligence and empathy to burn: You go in expecting a history lesson and emerge impressed by the shifting hues of humanity. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
69% Happy End (2017) The bizarre fact of the matter is that for all its grimly compelling goings-on, the latest from the auteur creator of Amour, Funny Games and others risks sending itself up. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 86% Wonder (2017) Tremblay is astonishing once more in a movie that feels as if it wants to break free of the formulaic but can't quite bring itself to do so. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2/5 38% Two Night Stand (2014) What's missing is a sufficiently varied narrative engine to keep this extended conceit on track; you may find yourself wishing the snow would melt long before the characters do. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/5 44% She's Funny That Way (2015) Bogdanovich co-wrote the script with (now ex-wife) Louise Stratten, and one gets glimpses throughout of the comic soufflé that the project wanted to be. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017