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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 85%

Merchants Of Doubt (2015)

"This is a huge, unwieldy topic, and the filmmakers do an admirable job of condensing their information and making it comprehensible." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 61%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"Although it's been dismissed in some quarters as minor Cronenberg-and criticized for "getting Hollywood wrong," or something-it's a sneakily powerful movie." ‐
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/4 100%

GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015)

"Every shot, cut, line, performance, indeed every moment in this feature is perfectly judged, always conveying precisely what it needs to convey in to define its characters and move the story forward." ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 43%

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015)

"The film is a hypnotically nightmarish mood piece more than anything else; it makes sense and yet doesn't make sense, in the way that dreams do and don't make sense." ‐
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/4 100%

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015)

"This film doesn't just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it." ‐
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/4 26%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"Even if you adore the idea of the Wachowskis, there comes a point when it would be foolish to deny the disappointing reality. That point has arrived, and the film is called "Jupiter Ascending."" ‐
Posted Feb 3, 2015
2.5/4 40%

Black or White (2015)

"It's often painful, and not in a good way; it's painful because of the roads it doesn't explore, the shortcuts it takes, and the special pleading it can't stop itself from indulging in." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/4 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"Peanut butter and chocolate. Fish and chips. The heist movie and the submarine picture. These things go together so perfectly that it's a wonder they were ever apart." ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2015

Whitney (2015)

"There's something pure and insightful about how [Angela] Bassett's camera looks at this couple as they flirt, rut, marry, fight, talk about their careers, and experience wild ups and downs, including moments of professional resentment or jealousy." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 20, 2015
2/4 80%

Human Capital (2015)

"This ensemble drama about troubled upper-middle class strivers is slick, confident, and rather empty, and structurally more self-defeating than clever." ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2015
3.5/4 34%

Blackhat (2015)

"Slick and sometimes goofy as it is, "Blackhat" is an odd, fascinating movie: a high-tech action thriller about the human condition." ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2015
3/4 89%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"It's quite good, for what it is. But it's that "for what it is" part that proves slightly exasperating." ‐
Posted Dec 31, 2014
3.5/4 98%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"-which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love-yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding." ‐
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3/4 27%

Annie (2014)

""Annie" is very, very light on its feet, very frothy, and always unselfconsciously, at times provocatively kind-hearted, determined to melt grumpy hearts like marshmallows." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/4 71%

If You Don't, I Will (2014)

"Devos and Amalric, who worked tougher in Arnaud Desplechin's "Kings and Queen," win at least half the storytelling battle by seeming as though they actually have been sharing the same space, and the same life, for years and years." ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2014
4/4 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

""Inherent Vice" is a film about a stoner which itself seems stoned. This is just one small part of what makes it distinctive." ‐
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 89%

Remote Area Medical (2014)

"From these subjects, you find out all you need to know in order to appreciate the magnitude of what RAM is doing, and the scope of the crisis affecting the rural poor." ‐
Posted Dec 5, 2014
2/4 9%

Dying of the Light (2014)

""Dying of the Light" is a shrill and bombastic slog, with an all-over-the-map collection of tones that never cohere into a credible or compelling vision." ‐
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2.5/4 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"Jennifer Lawrence's charisma and the the sly excellence of her supporting cast keep "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" aloft." ‐
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/4 89%

Happy Valley (2014)

"What could "Happy Valley" conclude, ultimately? Any summation might have seemed glib or sanctimonious. We're left instead with troubling questions that might not ever yield satisfying answers." ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"If I had to make a list of movies I'm saddest about not having liked, this would rank near the top." ‐
Posted Nov 13, 2014
1.5/4 16%

A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014)

"A film that seems to flinch from the harsh truths it was presumably created to address." ‐
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/4 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"An impressive, at times astonishing work, and one of a handful by Nolan that overwhelmed me to the point where my usual objections to his work melted away." ‐
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/4 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"This is a classic film, not just because every scene and line is casually beautiful and devoid of extraneous touches, but because its tone is mercilessly exact." ‐
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3.5/4 86%

Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014)

"Watching it is, I would imagine, as close as we'll get to being able to be Godard, sitting there thinking, or dreaming. It's a documentary of a restless mind." ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/4 52%

Low Down (2014)

"Preiss' movie does a consistently excellent job of explaining the lure of jazz, and the psychology of addicts, their enablers and their children without explaining anything." ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 75%

Camp X-Ray (2014)

""Camp X-Ray" has cinematic and moral intelligence." ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 59%

I Am Ali (2014)

"It doesn't break any new ground, not does it claim to, but it's likable and reasonably thorough." ‐
Posted Oct 12, 2014
3.5/4 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

""Gone Girl" is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2.5/4 51%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Every character in this movie remains stubbornly and elusively abstract. We know what everybody stands for, but we never really know them." ‐
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 67%

Space Station 76 (2014)

"It never seems to be mocking its characters. It feels for them. Sometimes its heart breaks for them." ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 90%

Stray Dogs (2014)

"A mysterious and deliberately prolonged series of tableaus about the fragility of flesh and the smallness of humanity, among other things." ‐
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/4 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"This is a patiently directed film with a rare sense of how the layout of a space can affect interactions within it." ‐
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/4 72%

Memphis (2014)

""Memphis" is a gorgeous, gorgeous movie-the kind that prompts critics to say "every frame could be a painting"-but it is also proof that the woozy, opaque mode of American independent filmmaking has its limits." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2014
0.5/4 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"A title as good as "The Last of Robin Hood" deserves a better movie. In fact, it deserves a good movie." ‐
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 34%

The November Man (2014)

"The movie fails to develop the most important people in Devereaux's life as characters, even obliquely, until the movie needs to terrorize or kill them to jack up suspense and sympathy." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/4 89%

That Man from Rio (1964)

"We don't think of Belmondo as an action star per se, but that's what he is here, smirking like Steve McQueen and managing to keep a cigarette clamped between his lips even when he's navigating hairpin turns on a motorbike." ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/4 91%

The Dog (2014)

""The Dog" is a humbly extraordinary film." ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 58%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Feels like a rough draft for a very good movie." ‐
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/4 67%

Lucy (2014)

"You'd be hard pressed to identify one idea, scene or element in the picture that is not a cliche. But the total package feels fresh." ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 62%

L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014)

"Gondry has made a live action cartoon with a rather patchy plot and flat characters, most of whom (but Tatou and Duris especially) are way too old to be playing characters who might seem immature even if they were played by teenagers." ‐
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/4 98%

Boyhood (2014)

"The film ends and the credits come up and you ask the same question that you ask at the end of an evening spent with old, dear friends: where did the time go?" ‐
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3.5/4 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

""Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste." ‐
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/4 68%

Me and You (2014)

"Bertolucci is indeed a master, and "Me and You" evidences numerous thematic connections to his earlier work as well as constant proof of his distinctive gifts as a stylist." ‐
Posted Jul 4, 2014
3.5/4 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"I love this movie." ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 92%

Code Black (2014)

"The movie is at its best when it's immersing you in a series of conundrums and letting you feel what it's like to live with them, and wrestle with them." ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2014
3/4 88%

Coherence (2014)

""Coherence" is proof that inventive filmmakers can do a lot with a little." ‐
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 89%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"You'd be hard pressed to imagine a more seemingly perfect match of director and material than Roman Polanski and "Venus in Fur." Too bad it isn't a wickeder, subtler, more imaginative movie." ‐
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"It takes the homoerotic energy bubbling under the surface of buddy action pictures and raises it into the sunlight, where it can flex its pecs and growl." ‐
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 91%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The rest of the cast has less to do because this is Tom Cruise's movie through-and-through, but they're all given moments of humor, terror or simple eccentricity." ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2014