Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Matt Zoller Seitz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture, New York Times,, Newark Star-Ledger, New York Press,

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Like Park's best work, it's an expressionistic, at times surreal movie that skates along the knife-edge of dreams. Every frame pulses with life, sometimes with blood." ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/4 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"There is nothing terrible about this film, yet it fails everyone involved with it. That's the kind of magic trick that you don't want to see." ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3.5/4 100%

Tower (2016)

"Tower is explanatory journalism and history, but also personally expressive, and the two impulses never cancel each other out." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
3.5/4 93%

Newtown (2016)

"It's impossible to watch this film and feel no particular way about the killings." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Parker's approach is never dull, exactly. But it's never remarkable enough to overwhelm the suspicion that you're not being told a story here so much as being sold a career." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 88%

Do Not Resist (2016)

"A furious and often terrifying documentary about the militarization of US police." ‐
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 33%

Masterminds (2016)

"If smart dumb comedies hold a place in your heart, you'll like Masterminds." ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2/4 77%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"The personalities are big, the story is striking, but the treatment is unimaginative-except for the editing, which is often clever and beautiful but problematic." ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Goat (2016)

"Any discussion of toxic masculinity, or the ways in which brotherhood in all its forms can get twisted, is likely to be muted by second-guessing of the movie's methods." ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/4 75%

London Road (2016)

"These are the sorts of choices that a stage director makes when he is adapting a dark modern musical for film and has technique but no actual vision. It's toolkit filmmaking." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016
4/4 100%

Cameraperson (2016)

"One of the most original, challenging and sometimes infuriating documentaries of recent times." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 43%

The Hollars (2016)

"The Hollars is just good enough to make you wish that it were better." ‐
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3.5/4 85%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"Whenever the leading lady is talking to us and to herself, contemplating the work and what it means, the movie is riveting and unique. " ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"The film is saved from mere competence by that Herzogian feeling, at once grandiose and self-deprecating. " ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"A film about horrible people that refuses to own the horribleness. " ‐
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"The kind of film that can entertain more attentive and patient children simply by putting a memorable world and memorable characters onscreen. " ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Gleason (2016)

"A tearjerker of a film but also a joyous one." ‐
Posted Jul 29, 2016
1.5/4 55%

Can We Take a Joke? (2016)

"Plays as if you've been invited to read half of a courtroom transcript -- the defense's half -- while skipping past redacted text that might have complicated or undermined the argument." ‐
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"The movie never delivers on its considerable promise because it's always in such a hurry to get to the next action scene. " ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/4 31%

Equals (2016)

"This is a heartfelt film, often brilliantly directed, but quite thin in terms of vision." ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 85%

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

"The movie is suffused with melancholy, much of it stemming from Lear's realization that most of his life is behind him." ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 100%

Private Property (1960)

"It's a disturbing film, not just because of the drifters' ugly plot, but because of the detailed portrait of American desperation, delusion and loneliness that it paints." ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2016
3.5/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

""The BFG" remembers what it's like to see with the eyes of a child." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3.5/4 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"Even the most outrageous, self-consciously broad touches, such as the numerous fart jokes, have the crystalline feeling of situations you might encounter in a dream." ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"There are times where the special effects and editing aren't as sharp as Lively's performance deserves. But it's still a taut, brutal film, pitting a ravenous sea creature against a woman as hard as coral." ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3.5/4 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"Hart and Johnson are a classic comedy duo in the tradition of Abbott & Costello, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby and Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The film is mainly horseplay, wasted motion, and talk, talk, talk, with a few good action scenes ..." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/4 96%

De Palma (2016)

"More than just a big-screen fetish object for Brian De Palma's still-loyal cult, "De Palma" is one of the essential documentaries on Hollywood." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Witness (2016)

"This is a powerful film, but perhaps its greatest triumph is that for a brief time, it resurrects Kitty Genovese, and lets us see her as a person." ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016
1.5/4 71%

Holy Hell (2016)

""Holy Hell" should have dug a lot deeper and told its story with a lot more finesse. What happened? Maybe, after all these years, Allen was still too close to his subject?" ‐
Posted May 28, 2016

All the Way (2016)

"It's been a while since I saw a TV movie that had everything going for it, yet failed to be memorable. All the Way should have been a classic: electrifying, surprising, moving, artful. It's not." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 23, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Austen-isms walk shoulder to shoulder with Stillman-isms so gracefully that it takes a moment to realize which author is likely speaking through these characters." ‐
Posted May 13, 2016
4/4 81%

Sunset Song (2016)

"The ethereal nature of human relationships (and humans, period) gives the entire movie a stoic quality: we do the best with what we have, and try to be thankful to be alive, and take pleasure in moments ..." ‐
Posted May 12, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"There are about ten movies going on in "Captain America: Civil War," which is at least seven too many. The good news is, most of them are fun, and there are enough rousing moments to elevate the movie to Marvel's top tier." ‐
Posted May 4, 2016
4/4 84%

The Meddler (2016)

"Scarfaria has made a kind, smart, special film." ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/4 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"It's only in the handful of moments when Nixon and Elvis face each other in private that we get that electric crackle of big personalities clashing." ‐
Posted Apr 19, 2016

Confirmation (2016)

"Confirmation fails to do itself any favors, inadvertently arguing against its very existence as a standalone film." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/4 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The film is never content to use our affection for its voice actors as a storytelling crutch. These are strong, simple, clearly motivated characters, not movie star cameos wrapped in CGI fur." ‐
Posted Apr 12, 2016
1.5/4 40%

Mr. Right (2016)

""Mr. Right" hires two charismatic lead actors, Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, then expects them to carry a movie with almost no compelling reason to exist." ‐
Posted Apr 10, 2016
1.5/4 22%

The Boss (2016)

"It is the worst kind of bad movie. It's not actively, confidently, exuberantly bad, in a way that engages with you and forces you to react in some way. It's passively bad." ‐
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2.5/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"There's enough mythic raw material sunk deep in every scene that you can piece together a classic in your mind if you're feeling charitable; but if you aren't, Batman v Superman will seem like a missed opportunity." ‐
Posted Mar 22, 2016
3/4 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"A funny, beautifully designed kids' film with a message that it restates at every turn." ‐
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4/4 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"This turns out to be a film that teaches you how to watch it." ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"After a point, this proudly silly film about gods and mortals in ancient Egypt devolves into an sword-and-sorcery-flavored riff on a weak Marvel movie." ‐
Posted Feb 24, 2016
2.5/4 52%

Risen (2016)

"An old-fashioned Biblical spectacular with fresh blood in its veins." ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"Intelligent and sensitive and assembled with a great care, and worth watching just for its images of the jungle ..." ‐
Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/4 81%

Glassland (2016)

"This is a hard, spare, tough movie, at times nearly jarring in its lack of adornment." ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 95%

Rams (HrĂștar) (2016)

"You spend a rather long time during this movie simply watching characters exist. That's something mainstream American films almost never do, and there's something quietly riveting about it ..." ‐
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/4 67%

All Mistakes Buried (2016)

"If there were Oscars for Best Performance in a Movie Academy Voters Wouldn't be Caught Dead Watching, Trammel's performance would be a lock for a nomination." ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Lamb (2016)

""Lamb" is empathetic and untrustworthy, haunting but often unpersuasive. In the end it's hard to say what the film's point is. But it lingers in the mind." ‐
Posted Jan 7, 2016
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