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
3.5/4 92%

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." ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2015
2.5/4 75%

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." ‐
Posted Dec 21, 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.'"" ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2015
2/4 43%

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." ‐
Posted Dec 10, 2015

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
Posted Dec 4, 2015
4/4 81%

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." ‐
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." ‐
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." ‐
Posted Nov 4, 2015
2.5/4 65%

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." ‐
Posted Nov 2, 2015
3/4 95%

The Wonders (2015)

"A throwback to different kind of filmmaking: smaller, more emotionally intense, more tactile." ‐
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/4 18%

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." ‐
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3.5/4 92%

The Martian (2015)

"Although the outline offers no surprises, the details and the tone feel new." ‐
Posted Sep 30, 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." ‐
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." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 75%

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." ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Peace Officer (2015)

"This is one of the year's best films." ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 78%

Time Out Of Mind (2015)

"Watching "Time Out of Mind" is not like the ordinary experience of watching a movie; it's more like being in a public place and deciding to allow the scene around you to become a drama." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2015
1/4 29%

Dirty Weekend (2015)

""Dirty Weekend" is a decent idea for a low-budget movie that never gets past the idea stage, and after a brief while, you may start to question whether it should have been a movie at all, much less a 90-minute one." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2.5/4 79%

Z For Zachariah (2015)

""Z for Zachariah" is ultimately too dramatically slight and brief for its ambitions, despite its sometimes labored myth-making script and visuals." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 74%

7 Chinese Brothers (2015)

"You've seen this movie before in different guises. Byington does seem to have a vision of life, though, which is more than you can say for most comedy directors working at this budget level." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 83%

Mistress America (2015)

""Mistress America" is a very funny and observant movie, albeit squirm-inducing, with endlessly quotable dialogue." ‐
Posted Aug 14, 2015
1.5/4 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Maybe "Fantastic Four" is a cursed property, or maybe just one that shouldn't be turned into a film?" ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 91%

The End Of The Tour (2015)

"Certainly one of cinema's finest explorations of an incredibly specific dynamic - that of the cultural giant and the reporter who fantasizes about one day being as great as his subject, and in the same field." ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
4/4 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"If you watched all of the "Mission: Impossible" films in a row, starting with 1996's original, would they feel like a James Bond version of "Boyhood"? Maybe." ‐
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3.5/4 97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"The actor's ruminations are sometimes barely coherent but more often delightful: by turns bawdy, sentimental, self-pitying, self-lacerating, philosophical and bewildered." ‐
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3.5/4 90%

Horse Money (2015)

"As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream." ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
1.5/4 44%

Irrational Man (2015)

"It is not merely a bad film. It is a collection of notes for a film that never quite evolved to the rough draft stage, much less cohered into a finished movie." ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"Assured and immensely likable, truly independent in story and style." ‐
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3/4 63%

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

"Does the movie work? Intermittently, sometimes brilliantly." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3.5/4 83%

Runoff (2015)

"This isn't a perfect movie... But I can say without hesitation that if you want to be able to say you were there when a great American filmmaker's career kicked off, you need to see Runoff." ‐
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/4 83%

Gabriel (2015)

"Is "Gabriel" trying to say anything about mental illness, or society's attitude toward it? I don't think so, and that's probably for the best, because it's a big part of what makes the movie so refreshing." ‐
Posted Jun 21, 2015
3/4 100%

3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)

"It's told in a contemplative style that brings the story's emotions to life without hyping them." ‐
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/4 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"The kind of classic that lingers in the mind after you've seen it, sparking personal associations. And if it's as successful as I suspect it will be, it could shake American studio animation out of the doldrums it's been mired in for years." ‐
Posted Jun 17, 2015
3/4 20%

Chagall-Malevich (2015)

"Bichevin is the anchor for all of the director's flights of invention. When his Chagall says that life can be wondrous no matter how dire things get, you believe him." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/4 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"It's possible to filter out the irritating aspects and enjoy the movie as a raucous, often brilliantly assembled spectacle. But we shouldn't have to." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/4 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"The film is a personal work of art that seems born of stubborn passion." ‐
Posted May 18, 2015
2.5/4 75%

Good Kill (2015)

"An intelligent but not terribly effective drama. And its discussion of military ethics, especially with regard to what it means to be able to kill people without physical consequences, is promising, but it does not go far enough." ‐
Posted May 16, 2015
3/4 87%

Noble (2015)

"Intelligent, sincere and unabashedly goodhearted." ‐
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 48%

Ride (2015)

"This is an unusual movie, especially when you look back and realize how usual it seemed going in." ‐
Posted May 1, 2015
3/4 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

""Age of Ultron" proves that a movie with stealth fighter jets, levitating cities and Hulk-on-robot fisticuffs can be as freewheeling as a no-budget indie." ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3/4 55%

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"I've never seen a less involving movie become so compelling at the exact moment when you've resigned to write it off as just okay. What happened?" ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 63%

The Water Diviner (2015)

"To watch "The Water Diviner" it be warned constantly that we must break ourselves of our addiction to imagery that the film we're watching can't seem to resist." ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 36%

Misery Loves Comedy (2014)

"While genial and never dull, the film is all over the place, a classic example of trying to do and say too much." ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Rebels of the Neon God (2015)

"[Rebels of the Neon God] is the director's most accessible film. That will seem like a funny observation once you've seen it, because Tsai's most accessible film is more unusual and uncompromising than any you're likely to see this year." ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2015
4/4 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"This is a classic film." ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 89%

White God (2015)

"Imagine an "R" rated Lassie by way of Spartacus. That's Korn√©l Mundrucz√≥'s White God, a brutal but stirring fantasy about street dogs rising up against cruel and indifferent humans." ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 29%

Get Hard (2015)

"If you love rape jokes, "Get Hard" is your movie." ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/4 88%

Jauja (2015)

"The performances mesh beautifully with the filmmaking, which is more keenly attuned to fluctuations in the natural world that all but a handful of modern motion pictures." ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/4 78%

Danny Collins (2015)

"An appealing comedy with an unabashed streak of melodrama, sharp dialogue, and a superb ensemble cast, anchored by a lead performance by Al Pacino in lovable scamp mode." ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015

Salesman (1968)

"With his weathered face, Chiclet teeth and hints of baseline depression, Paul the Badger is the film's foremost emblem of American malaise, a fortysomething Working Joe chewed up in the gears of consumerist expectations." ‐ House Next Door
Posted Mar 9, 2015