Matthew Bond

Matthew Bond
Matthew Bond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Mail (UK) The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 25% The Runaways (2020) It's nicely shot and has some funny lines, but plot holes abound in a film that is too underlyingly nasty to be the children's adventure that was clearly intended. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
1/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) In some quarters this has been declared some sort of minor masterpiece. Me, I'd say it's hard to imagine a more uncomfortable way of spending over two hours in the cinema and advise you to avoid it, shock ending and all. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 37% Seberg (2020) Stewart... gives it her best shot as Seberg, but it's never quite enough in an uneven film that raises more questions than it answers and, at a more fundamental level, just never really convinces. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) Telling the story of two very ordinary lance corporals dispatched on a desperate mission behind enemy lines to prevent a massacre of British troops, it is an astonishing and, at times, quite dazzling piece of film-making. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Provocative but definitely one to see for yourselves. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 76% The Gentlemen (2020) There may be a plot twist too many but Ritchie is definitely back in town. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) One of the great treats of the holidays. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) [Will] Smith is game and good in a film that has distant echoes of Men In Black (remember Frank the Pug) and which definitely gets better as it gets ever sillier. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) One of those disappointing films where the end-credit out-takes are probably the best bit. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
1/5 6% The Courier (2019) What you need to know is that most of the action takes place in a London multi-storey car park, some of the supporting performances are dreadful, and that this has no place on anyone's Christmas viewing list. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 20% Cats (2019) I don't want to hear Memory again for a very long time. Miaow! - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Director J J Abrams, who gets so much right here, could have done better. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 77% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) The bottom line is that this under-developed project wouldn't be getting a release without Gillan's name. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) But just when... director Noah Hawley is beginning to say some quite interesting things about the damaging hormonal high potentially produced by space travel, the film falls apart... and descends into near-endless melodramatic tedium. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) It's hampered by our familiarity with the cancer story and by the frustratingly under-explained revelation that this is not the first time their marriage has been tested by terrible events. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Too long and occasionally self-indulgent Motherless Brooklyn may be, but it's also beautifully cast and very good indeed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) This is two old blokes sitting around discussing the many problems facing the modern Catholic Church, and it's absolutely fabulous, with nomination-grabbingly good performances from Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks's screenplay could have done with a final comic polish but it does have one or two good moments. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 97% Knives Out (2019) [A] film that, while always likeable and easy watching, is never quite as clever or as funny as it thinks. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 60% Them That Follow (2019) It may feature Olivia Colman, but if all the snakes don't have you seeking the exit, then what happens on a kitchen table will. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 92% Blue Story (2019) The killing of black teenagers by other black teenagers is one of the great tragedies of city life, and it's powerfully explored here by writer-director Andrew Onwubolu. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 73% Harriet (2019) It's a cracking true story that takes a little while to get going but director Kasi Lemmons leavens the mix with music and spiritual visions, while Erivo delivers the sort of defiant, non-people-pleasing performance that could secure award nominations. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) [I]t lacks the substance to make it a real must-see, carelessly giving too much away in a violent early scene in which a cocaine robbery goes horribly wrong and leaves seven of New York's finest dead. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) So, not a disaster, but certainly not great either. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 81% Little Monsters (2019) It's very funny at times, but somehow doesn't quite justify a trip to the cinema. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 81% The Report (2019) This is an important film, which is sometimes hard to watch - but it does tie itself in narrative knots. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) It is funny, but goodness it feels over-long and presents a very American version of divorce that may not chime with audiences over here. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There are one or two fine moments here, but the film never quite matches motoring velocity with human emotion. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) Well, all I can say is that all that talent doesn't quite come together, as they all, no doubt, imagined and hoped. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 62% Driven (2019) Well-acted and well-made by British director Nick Hamm, although with familiar elements. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 90% Luce (2019) Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth help deliver an intriguing, intelligent and realistically unresolved drama. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 43% Midway (2019) State-of-the-art visual effects have some dodgy moments, particularly early on, and the story-telling gets a bit confused. But the last hour is spectacular and gripping, albeit slightly lacking in emotional punch. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) Both Mirren and particularly McKellen should have known better, having been caught up in similar plot-twists before. Maddening. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 71% The Aeronauts (2019) Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The ol' goodfellas have still got it. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) With female self-image at the heart of this slow and only sporadically funny film, the whole thing... might have been much better if it had been written and directed by a woman, rather than Paul Downs Colaizzo. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Even Dynasty wouldn't have attempted the sort of daft plot twists on show here. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 84% Sorry We Missed You (2020) On and on [Loach] goes here, piling on the misery, one wretched setback after another, until - well before the end - the average cinema-goer is likely to think 'that's quite enough.' - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) So while Doctor Sleep has an undeniable watchability, it also has an impact that it hasn't really earned. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) It's difficult to know who is more indulged here, Matthew McConaughey, who plays the title character, or director and art-house favourite Harmony Korine, who has assembled a starry cast despite not having made a decent film for years. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Jokes fall horribly flat and the story proves decidedly thin... - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) There's no doubt this grittily urban police thriller is often more style than substance, but equally there's no doubt it packs a proper punch too, tapping into the widely held belief that American police departments are racist. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) For while there's a certain pleasure in recognising some of the iconography of the first two films... it's disappointing to find that Cameron and his writing team have effectively written the same story all over again. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Slightly overcooked but very sweet. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) If you really loved the 2009 original, by all means add another star to the above rating, while the rest of us ponder why on earth Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin reunited for this little-awaited sequel? - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) There are some nice visual gags along the familiar stop-motion way, and accompanying adults will enjoy spotting the classic sci-fi film references, but there's still a frustrating sense of anticlimax. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Pushing what's acceptable, particularly in a PG film, to the limit, this is a strong sequel, but definitely not for the very young. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a film that provides a powerful reminder that there is nothing new about either of these wretchedly miserable situations. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 53% Farming (2019) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who writes, directs and experienced such 'farming' first-hand, delivers a searing account of the racism these youngsters encountered, before getting horribly bogged down in an over-extended skinhead drama... - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) A convoluted film that is funny but never quite nails its target. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019