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 24% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) There are some funny lines, nice visual gags and an endearing underlying silliness, but somehow the whole thing never comes together convincingly. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 42% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Improbably directed by Simon Curtis, it's a misjudged mix of melodrama and genre cliché that will surely only appeal to the most committed doggy-film devotees. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) It may have its singalong moments - come on, who can resist Born To Run? - but this is a film with serious backbone too. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 25% Charming (2018) It takes a good while to get going and the songs are short of magic, but there's an imaginative, Burton-esque style to some of the animation, the female voice cast... is pretty good, and we do get somewhere quite interesting in the end. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 76% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) There are some funny moments but the franchise still seems uncertain about its target audience, and there's a charmless undercurrent of cruelty to some of the more grown-up moments. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 81% Animals (2019) Can the girls' astonishingly intimate friendship survive, or is it time to grow up? It's a little on the long side but you'll enjoy finding out. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Not so much fast and furious, then, as slow and familiar. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) With Craig Roberts and Kim Cattrall catching the eye as Nero and Agrippina, it's a solid IV stars from me. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Nick Broomfield's poignant but overlong documentary left me with two thoughts - that the drugs really don't work and that old age is not for cissies. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 33% The Current War (2019) Despite the enjoyably rough treatment it dishes out to red-nosed bankers and its obvious playing to the gallery - 'There will never be anything called Tesla ever again!' - this is a film that always interests but never quite enthrals. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
2/5 70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) Essentially conversation pieces, all are marked by modestly decent acting but fairly indifferent writing. Sincerely made but perilously close to unwatchable. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 70% Gwen (2019) McGregor, who has directed Poldark, writes and directs and whips up a convincing sense of impending doom but eventually goes too far and loses us along the relentlessly unsunny way. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Directed by Annabel Jankel, it's a frustrating film, but nice performances from Grainger and Paquin, and structural echoes of The Go-Between, slowly win you over, only to let you down as the film descends into a strange mix of melodrama and apian fantasy. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Even Favreau, however, can't stop the denouement from feeling contrived, complicated and unconvincing. But by then The Lion King has surely woven enough screen magic to ensure huge success at the summer box office. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 66% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Will frighten a teenage audience in the end. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Alas, no five-star ratings here. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Some sort of anti-Trump satire may be intended here but it's neither clever enough nor funny enough. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) It somehow manages to communicate what the star never quite managed to convey himself - his journey from a humble upbringing in Modena to a globally famous artist with a passion for food, family and women. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 72% The Command (Kursk) (2019) As for Firth, he's perfectly good but, through no fault of his own, comes close to unbalancing the story. Sometimes a lesser star is more. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Sincere performances from Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki help. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Apart from a glorious few moments when the Trumps visit Buckingham Palace... has too many comic misjudgments, though the animation is eye-catching. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) The epic-feeling story never flags, and despite big ideas about life, sin and artistic creativity, it remains watchable. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) The mix of hallucinogens, graphic deaths and the inevitable fertility ritual is very nasty at times, but for those who like that sort of thing, this is one of the must-sees of the summer. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Goodness, this is cleverly constructed stuff - full of fun, humour, youth and big visual effects, but underpinned by a screenplay that does a really well thought-through job of linking the MCU's future to its hugely popular past. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Thankfully, we don't have bars like Double Whammies in this country, robbing this very American tale about underdressed waitresses of some of its relevance. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 47% Robert the Bruce (2019) Likely to appeal most to those with a decent knowledge of Scottish history and a love of cave-dwelling spiders, of course. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 96% In Fabric (2019) Turns out it's the dress Sheila should be worrying about, in a deliciously put-together film that turns out to be way too long. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Houston, we definitely don't have a problem. Fabulous. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) There are some very funny lines, which I don't intend to spoil, and some gently touching moments, but elsewhere there are jokes that fall flat and a wickedly overlong running time. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
49% Jurassic Park III (2001) Jurassic Park III is not a bad film. In fact, for a sequel ending in III it's a pretty good one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 64% Child's Play (2019) It's clearly not to be taken too seriously, but the ever-growing levels of nastiness are, at times, no chuckling matter. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 68% Stockholm (2019) Director Robert Budreau doesn't take it entirely seriously, leaving us with something that is always interesting but lacks jeopardy. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn's parallels with the Superman origins story are clearly deliberate, but are they enough for us to believe this film can fly? Not really. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) But for all that I enjoyed it, for all that it will play to happily packed cinemas over the summer... there is a bit of me that wishes they'd called it a day after Toy Story 3. But maybe that's just me. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) It is all the better for the dodgy back-projections and other surreal flourishes by director Carl Hunter. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) This has to go down as one of the nicest surprises of early summer - clever, ambitious and beautifully acted by Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård, who surely gives one of the best performances of his career. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 87% Diego Maradona (2019) Unlike the subjects of his previous docs - Amy Winehouse, Ayrton Senna - the troubled Argentinian is still alive, and perhaps this deprives this comprehensive film of some emotional impact. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Thompson may be many things but Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones - the stars of the first three MIB movies - they most definitely ain't. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak directs and, thanks to Knight's brave performance, delivers an unflinching film that, while undeniably harrowing and a tad overlong, has genuine heart and hope. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) With a final dance- floor scene to break the hardest heart, it's Moore's best film since Still Alice. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Despite the presence of pretty much the whole First Class gang... it doesn't reach the heights of Apocalypse, hampered by some occasionally dodgy visual effects and a familiar-feeling storyline that has rather too much of the Captain Marvel. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
5/5 80% Late Night (2019) But what makes Late Night such an unexpected and delicious treat is that it does work - and quite wonderfully too. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Its laboured mix of dark humour and real sadness is likely to prove an uncomfortable watch. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 54% Ma (2019) Sadly [Octavia Spencer's] reliably classy presence is not enough to save this standard teens-in-peril offering, with director Tate Taylor injecting neither the scares nor humour required. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Honestly, I'd love to be able to say that in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters I saw some sort of grand cinematic homage at work... That's what I'd like to say, but unfortunately I can't. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The animation is fabulous, the star-studded voice cast full of potential but the storyline is clumsily constructed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It does take a while to find its feet, and for Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever to convince as friends, but it's a funny, touching and slightly strange delight. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The Egyptian-born Mena Massoud makes a convincing Aladdin, the British-born Naomi Scott is photogenic and tuneful as Jasmine, and Ritchie delivers the big musical numbers with surprising aplomb. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) [T]his is a film that hits you like a ton of bricks.Yellow road-building ones, naturally. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
2/5 17% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) This is apparently being released in more than 300 cinemas, which is strange as it's little more than an extended episode of the Nick Jr children's cartoon series on television and has no cinematic quality at all. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019