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Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz
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,

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 87% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 97% Gleason (2016) A tearjerker of a film but also a joyous one.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2.5/4 35% Equals (2016) This is a heartfelt film, often brilliantly directed, but quite thin in terms of vision.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
3.5/4 74% The BFG (2016) "The BFG" remembers what it's like to see with the eyes of a child.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/4 69% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 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 ...‐
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/4 95% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 91% 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.‐
Read More | 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?‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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 ...‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
4/4 84% The Meddler (2016) Scarfaria has made a kind, smart, special film.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
80% Confirmation (2016) Confirmation fails to do itself any favors, inadvertently arguing against its very existence as a standalone film.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
1.5/4 42% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 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.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
3/4 98% Zootopia (2016) A funny, beautifully designed kids' film with a message that it restates at every turn.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
2/4 15% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/4 51% Risen (2016) An old-fashioned Biblical spectacular with fresh blood in its veins.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 97% 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 ...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/4 82% Glassland (2016) This is a hard, spare, tough movie, at times nearly jarring in its lack of adornment.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 96% 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 ...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
2.5/4 83% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2016
3.5/4 93% Anomalisa (2015) Whether you leave the film ecstatically impressed, indifferent or disappointed, you will know you've seen something unique. Too many movies speak in a boringly typical storytelling voice.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
2.5/4 74% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino's absolute control over the images means nothing when he seems unwilling or unable to shape and modulate his writing. The gap between form and content results in the only Tarantino movie whose flaws bury its virtues.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) An exhilarating ride, filled with archetypal characters with plausible psychologies, melodramatic confrontations fueled by soaring emotions, and performances that can be described as good, period, rather than "good, for 'Star Wars.'"‐
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) It is so very many different things, but they all feel detached from each other, almost like a bunch of self-contained mini-movies stitched end-to-end, with the framing device serving as needle and thread.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
78% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) The Netflix musical-variety special A Very Murray Christmas doesn't amount to much, yet it's sublime; maybe it's sublime because it shows no evidence of needing to make any kind of impression.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
4/4 80% Chi-Raq (2015) The job of a movie like this one is to stimulate arguments and hook itself into the viewer's imagination, and "Chi-Raq" accomplishes that job brilliantly.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
3/4 95% Sembene! (2015) Each time we see an image of Sembene with a camera in this documentary, it still feels like a revolutionary statement.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
3.5/4 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) Every frame of it seems delighted by people, delighted by cities, by neighborhoods, delighted by life life itself. It's warm and attentive.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 64% Spectre (2015) Even by the generous standards of Bond pictures, which have been graded on a curve since 1962, "Spectre" has to be considered a missed opportunity.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2015
3/4 95% The Wonders (2015) A throwback to different kind of filmmaking: smaller, more emotionally intense, more tactile.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/4 17% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "Jem and the Holograms" is one of the weirdest big screen adaptations of a cheap TV cartoon that I've seen. That's praise.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 91% The Martian (2015) Although the outline offers no surprises, the details and the tone feel new.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 84% The Walk (2015) In terms of sheer directorial craft, "The Walk" is masterful, but as storytelling, it's a near-disaster.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
3.5/4 89% Mississippi Grind (2015) Both of these men have more shadings and unexpected, often hidden layers than we thought, and the actors reveal them in pieces, often at moments where you don't expect to be surprised, much less confounded.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 73% Black Mass (2015) For all of its flaws, it's the first American gangster film since "Eastern Promises" that has added anything truly fresh to the classic, street-level gangster story.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015