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
3/5 92% Benjamin (2018) Colin Morgan is terrific as Benjamin, a struggling film-maker who finds stop-start solace with a French music student. But it's repetitive and eventually runs out of steam. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Hidden codes and a naked, owl-mask-wearing murderess are all part of the well-made, seriously odd and protracted goings-on. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 46% What Men Want (2019) Derivative, and maybe with too many basketball references for us, but well acted and good fun. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) Expect nice acting from Roberts and Hedges, an awful lot of swearing from the former and a Christmas Eve that seems to go on for ever. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 50% Fisherman's Friends (2018) Slowly, however, the film gains its sea legs, helped by very nice performances from the three actors most naturally suited to their roles. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/5 100% Maiden (2019) At first I thought Alex Holmes' documentary might as well be on telly, but the wonderful last hour is brilliantly effective and unexpectedly moving. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 90% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Sara Colangelo writes and directs with understated style, while Gyllenhaal is her normal fearless self as a woman in the grip of a potentially life-changing obsession. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) It's a surprise to see Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi...trying something more conventional, but he blends atmosphere and tension to terrific effect, while Cruz's real-life husband, Javier Bardem, is splendidly convincing as Laura's ex. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) The likeable Larson and the digitally rejuvenated Jackson soon establish a winning screen friendship and what follows is spectacular and fun. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 86% Hannah (2018) Probably one for hardcore Rampling fans only. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 19% Serenity (2019) Let's just say there's a huge twist coming that dazzles for about a minute and then leaves you feeling distinctly cross. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 87% What They Had (2018) What ensues is theatrical, trying and emotionally over-wrought, with actress- turned-writer-director Elizabeth Chomko struggling to say anything that the likes of Still Alice, Away From Her and The Leisure Seeker haven't said better already. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 25% The Aftermath (2019) Compared to the similar likes of The End Of The Affair or The English Patient, it never quite wins us over and, at times, teeters right on the edge of melodrama. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Nevertheless, the end result -- like wrestling -- is knockabout, crowd-pleasing fun. And a bit fake too. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 71% Piercing (2019) Mia Wasikowska turns up and it seems the power games have only just begun. Nasty but stylishly executed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's funnier, cleverer and, for a while, even quite moving. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) But for every modestly funny moment there is something over-shrill or lacking in taste. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It starts off looking like telly but gets better in likeable leaps and bounds. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) It's a part that almost instinctively you feel Pike wouldn't be right for...and yet she rises to every one of its many considerable challenges, cleverly avoiding the potential for overplaying at every impressive turn. And what potential there is. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Set in the New York of the early Sixties, it has a slow, almost theatrical feel, and while it may have struggled for relevance... it certainly has it now. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's a tad predictable but genuinely shocking and well acted. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's still clever but the pace is so fast it's hard to keep up with the gags, and despite a star-packed voice cast, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that everything, while still good, is not quite as awesome as it once was. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's not every film that gets an extra star simply for the quality of its visual effects, but then it's not every film that is directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 74% All Is True (2019) [All Is True] is an ambitious attempt to turn the older Shakespeare into a real man by exploring the juxtaposition between creative genius and human fallibility. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 76% Love Sonia (2018) It's not an enjoyable watch but it's well made, authentic-feeling and very powerful thanks to fine performances from a cast led by Mrunal Thakur. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Look out for a lot of overacting and a really annoying twist. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 44% Second Act (2018) Lopez, who spends most of the film with her cleavage set on stun, is good at this sort of thing and gets particularly effective support from both her underwiring and from Leah Remini, playing her splendidly foul-mouthed best friend. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is both surprisingly watchable and touchingly good, with Eastwood...on impressive form, both in front of and behind the camera. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) The intended subversive laughs are few and far between. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) No, the real problem is the seemingly endless round of male characters of middling importance, the list of which just seems to go, confusingly, on and on and on. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet London Unplugged (2018) The short film needs all the help it can get, so it's good to see this collection of London-based shorts being so effectively linked. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) I didn't warm to the way Belgian director Felix van Groeningen jumps backwards and forwards in time, but there's no mistaking the grim overall direction of travel, and Carell and Chalamet...are both excellent. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Unfortunately the story, which sees Sarah Paulson playing a hospital psychiatrist who specialises in treating 'those individuals who believe they are superheroes', isn't a great one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) The screenplay is genuinely clever and funny, but those battle scenes are interminable. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) One of its central themes couldn't be more out of step with current times. But you can't help but be impressed by Carell's ability to make Hogancamp someone you can empathise with. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) With its 18th-century foppery, baroque soundtrack and uncompromisingly clever repartee, it will be too rich a cake for some. But it has three of the best female acting performances you'll see [this year]. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) [Papillon] really isn't bad, helped by a convincing sense of place, decent production values and a terrific supporting performance from Rami Malek. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) This is a clever, shocking and darkly funny horror movie - until Danish film-maker Lars von Trier eventually goes too far for mainstream audiences...as he nearly always does. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 64% Lizzie (2018) Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in a drama that proves slow and austere until the blood-spattered last lap. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a superbly animated picture that takes Spider-Man right back to his comic-book origins. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) It falls horribly flat, hampered by duff casting, a clumsily structured screenplay and too many reminders of Star Wars. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It left me weary and water-logged. Blub-blub. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) Surviving Christmas With The Relatives looks promisingly like the British Christmas comedy we're all waiting for. Sadly, after an underwhelming hour or so, we discover it isn't. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 96% Roma (2018) Told through the impassive eyes of a live-in maid, it's the slow-moving and apparently autobiographical story of a middle-class family enduring earthquakes, bad parking and marital separation. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The real-life name-checks are a little irritating...and the film is a good 15 minutes too long, but the script is a step up from the original and helped by a brilliantly funny Disney princess scene. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) What ensues is enjoyably rooted in sentiment, genre stereotype and Rocky mythology, but does drag a little between the brutal but brilliantly staged fight scenes. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Weisz is to be congratulated, not just on her central performance, but on backing a film that provides a seemingly convincing glimpse of what goes on within one of Britain's most reserved of religious groupings. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) [White Boy Rick] is decently acted, it's overlong and struggles to say anything particularly new. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Boots Riley...delivers a social comedy that is satirical, surreal and, thankfully, at times very funny indeed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & The Gun has to go down as a success, and 'a must' for anyone with a serious interest in Redford's long and remarkable career. If this is the Sundance Kid's swansong, it's certainly a good one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018