Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson
Matthew Anderson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Total Film CineVue
Publications: Total Film, CineVue

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 53% This Changes Everything (2015) Where An Inconvenient Truth was a resounding uppercut, This Changes Everything fails to land a single punch. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) The Final Year is a parting gift, a sermon that teaches without preaching to the converted, worthy of its charismatic leader. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 87% Mountain (2018) Robert Macfarlane's script is paired with Renan Ozturk's photography to create a discursive essay whose epic scale and truly stunning visuals compensate for a documentary lacking in real substance. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 94% Princess Cyd (2017) The three central performances of Princess Cyd are near flawless and the honesty and subtlety of this tale, which sees hope in the struggles of life at all its stages, is astonishing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 82% Journeyman (2017) Journeyman, which Considine writes, directs and stars in as champion boxer Matty Burton, is further proof of his impressive versatility. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 92% Speed Sisters (2017) The steadfast courage and well-rounded identities painted by Fares makes for an offbeat, engaging and insightful watch. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 31% Mojave (2016) An awful lot of very big ideas, elaborate rhetoric and name-dropping of cultural luminaries attempt to elevate an old-fashioned game of cat and mouse to a higher plain but are lost in the mire. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 72% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) A simmering but underwhelming thriller, its quiet, methodical contemplation of a simple thread is punctuated by admittedly punchy action sequences. The overall effect is not necessarily disorderly, but one that does not fulfil its full potential. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 53% Risen (2016) The production values are solid, the soundtrack not overly intrusive and whilst the characterisation leaves something to be desired, Joseph Fiennes does his best with a lot of middle-distance staring. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) An astoundingly beautiful visual essay which revels in the stunning scenery of Chilean Patagonia, it morphs into a harrowing depiction of the nation's distant and recent past. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 95% Marguerite (2016) This is a poignant, simultaneously jubilant and deeply sad championing of singing like nobody's listening. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 75% The Ones Below (2016) Elements of pastiche aside, Farr's suspense-filled first endeavor behind the camera shows signs of genuine promise. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 85% The Here After (Efterskalv) (2017) Von Horn maintains a menacing air of unease throughout without ever loosening a vice-like grip. With no noticeable score to speak of, the diegetic sounds of every day life somehow further the foreboding. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) In choosing a medium that distances audience from onscreen subject, Kaufman has drawn the two closer together, telling a universal human story with puppets. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 61% Truth (2015) Far from taking any risks, Truth is not the biographical account Rather and Mapes deserved. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 8% Exposed (2016) A truly unpleasant and unfulfilling watch in every way possible. Aiming for somewhere between the sacred and profane, it lands fully in the latter camp. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 50% Orthodox (2015) Despite his best efforts, and never quite let off the leash, Graham cannot drag this drama up from off the canvas. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 97% Mavis! (2016) Although Mavis! doesn't quite have the same scope as the extraordinary vocal range of its magnetic, all-round wonderful subject, her zest for life, exuberance and good nature have clearly rubbed off on Edwards and it's likely they will on audiences too. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 64% The Finest Hours (2016) Whilst playing things rather safe and without doing anything outside of what we expect from his film, Gillespie crafts an exhilarating ride thanks largely to huge scope for spectacle and a solid cast. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 87% Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball) (2015) Stuart McDonald's film is a warm and big-hearted tale with just that right dose of magic, teaching valuable environmental and life lessons along the way. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) I'll See You In My Dreams is ninety minutes as familiar as that old woolly jumper you've had for a decade, but is just as comforting. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 77% Goosebumps (2015) Rob Letterman's mile-a-minute, edge of your seat, raucously funny Goosebumps confirms that the 1990s petrifier of children is alive and kicking. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 72% Youth (2015) As a writer-director, Sorrentino is an unquestionable talent; it would just be nice if he didn't rely on such pretentious contrivances to tell us what we already know. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 44% One & Two (2015) Bogged down by loose direction, an underdeveloped script and little more than surface characterisation. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 90% Innocence Of Memories (2015) Part alternative travelogue, part meditation on love and loss, it explores the nature of a great city as a living, breathing entity and how memory is inextricably linked to time and place. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 38% Lost in Karastan (2014) Despite apparently noble intentions, and what must constitute a healthy dose of personal experience from the film-within-a-film scenario chosen by the director... Lost in Karastan is a frustratingly fruitless endeavor. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans And The Last Nazi War Crime (2014) It is a documentary that will enthrall, enlighten, enrage and distress. Crafted with precision and consideration for its subject matter and filled with a dense web of information, it is a well deserved and fitting testament to pioneering journalism. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 37% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) Chan demonstrates his perennial physicality, but it is hard to tell why Cusack and Brody became involved in a project where their acting talents are so forcibly stifled by an underdeveloped, porous script that is riddled with clichés. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 10% Breakdown (2016) Breakdown doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from an overcrowded canon of distinctly average British film. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 78% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) ... Inquisitive rather than intrusive and asking more question than it answers. However, it's refreshing that Read and Franchetti's work is not simply an ode to the ballet in all its splendour. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Rise of the Krays (2015) A plodding, methodical thriller that generates little to no tension and is as anti-climactic as they come, it's ironic that this two-parter does not do justice to two of England's most infamous lawbreakers. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 98% Sherpa (2015) The blend of slow motion imagery and accelerated time lapse photography along with the use of multiple cameras instils Sherpa with an evolving vibrancy, reinforced by a stirring orchestral score which heaps ever more emotion on knife edge proceedings. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Grazing The Sky (2013) Grazing the Sky is certainly visually striking and the accomplishments of its athletic subjects is unquestionably impressive, but overall it falls short of the high bar to which it aspires. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 71% Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues (2015) Older viewers may well roll eyes at the predictability of it all but children will surely be rapt by the close shaves, heroic antics and timeless warmth that comes from the relationship between a boy and his dog. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 48% The 33 (2015) Like the cavernous interior of the mountain in which it takes place, Patricia Riggen's The 33 has a number of faults but is still a compelling human drama. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 33% Swung (2015) Although Swung is explicit in its nature and its content, it's neither smutty, depraved nor gratuitous and is anchored around an admirably acted and believable central pairing. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 89% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) Ice and the Sky feels increasingly formulaic in structure; however, it remains a thorough and fitting tribute to an extraordinarily dedicated and humble individual with an "incontestable message." - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 93% Hector (2015) Hector, a heartfelt road movie driven by a tremendous performance from Ken Loach regular Peter Mullan, is an assured debut feature from writer-director Jake Gavin. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 67% The Night Before (2015) The Night Before is the dumb, run of the mill humour we have come to expect from Rogen and whiles it does offer the gift of a festive adult-only trip to the cinema, this is one present that will probably be in the bin by Boxing Day. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 89% The Lesson (2015) This Bulgarian offering is a maturely crafted, finely tuned and quietly profound drama that's not to be missed. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Honourable Rebel (2015) A listless, drab depiction of a remarkable woman. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Bridge of Spies ranks among Spielberg's finest work, the veteran filmmaker gilding a web of intrigue by patiently moving his chess pieces with composed assurance, technical mastery and a characteristic sense of wonderment. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 100% Star Men (2015) Whilst a 90-minute documentary on old astronomers may sound a tad dry to the uninitiated, Rose's subjects are each charming in their own way and their retelling of a life dedicated to the study of the very big picture is told with an admirable humility. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) The Russian Woodpecker is an arresting, thought-provoking and seismically important creation... - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 26% Momentum (2015) [Has] a certain high-octane, flair but lacks the storyline to create a genuinely engaging thriller. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% Warriors (2015) With a story as enchanting, life-affirming and soulful as it is unusual, first time director Barney Douglas brings the exploits of the first ever Maasai cricket team to life. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 94% The Fear Of 13 (2015) The Fear of 13 attains a hard fought optimism with a redemptive message so often lacking in prison-set drama and non-fiction. Nick is a captivating, even mesmerising, subject. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Je Suis Charlie (L'humour À Mort) (2015) Worth watching more for its material than its execution, hopefully the Lecontes' doc will prevent the memory of the pioneering journalists lost from becoming yesterday's news. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 72% He Named Me Malala (2015) Stirring, respectful and eulogising rather than polemical. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 100% The Closer We Get (2015) A poignant, unerring and simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking portrait of dealing with the demons of an unspoken past. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019