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 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) It's shrill, loud and pretty bonkers... Thankfully, it gets funnier as it gets both ruder and sillier. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) Hanks is as watchable as ever and Helena Zengel terrific as the girl. Highly recommended. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 80% I Care a Lot (2021) Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to movies, I like to know which side I'm supposed to be cheering for. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) As story pick-ups go, this is a pretty good one, and if you liked/loved the original you'll probably feel much the same way about this knockabout but likeable sequel. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) They've retained their mute, indestructible, 2-D animated personas and that the end result is much funnier than expected. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 44% Made in Italy (2020) Both tone and pacing are uneven and the screenplay could have done with another polish. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 73% The Mauritanian (2021) A powerful and well-crafted film that deserves to be seen. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 69% Ammonite (2020) The last lap feels a little tacked on, but well-judged performances from Winslet and Ronan make it worth catching. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 58% To Olivia (2021) To Olivia is the film that puts us right on all fronts. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
83% Let Him Go (2020) Melodramatic but worth catching for Lesley Manville as a terrifying backwoods matriarch. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
2/5 29% Come Away (2020) But parents be warned: despite attempts to blend Alice In Wonderland with Peter Pan and emphasise the power of a child's imagination, it has some pretty dark moments. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Sadly it's not quite as good as the original, but for sheer spectacle it still takes a lot of beating. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) Visually striking and audibly arresting from its opening number until the curtain comes down, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan is an affectionate paean to its irascible, impudent frontman. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/5 90% Luxor (2020) It's not a film to set the world on fire - the pace is slow but there are enjoyable amounts of sun, exotic foreign climes, extended scenes in those extraordinary ancient ruins, a bit of magic and a quietly upbeat ending. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Vanessa Taylor's screenplay jumps fashionably backwards and forwards in time, making it difficult, initially, not just to understand how J. D. escaped but also the origins of the complex family problems that held - and still hold - him back. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 40% A Place Among the Dead (2020) Part stylised documentary - Gary Oldman and Anne Rice are interviewed - part bloody murder mystery, it's an acquired taste. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) The film eventually delivers some powerful and touching moments. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 78% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) Luke Treadaway's thoroughly downbeat performance as James won't be for everyone, and the storyline is a touch thin, but its heart is in the right place. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Geraldine Viswanathan is hugely engaging as the memorabilia-obsessed New York gallery assistant. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) It's Bill & Ted and it's impossible not to love them, at least a little. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 70% 23 Walks (2020) It's a bit slow to get going, and could have done with better chemistry between the two leads, but does feature nice parks and one of the most startling sex scenes you'll see all year. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/5 87% On The Rocks (2020) On The Rocks is a small, strange film but it's rich in New York atmosphere, touching about the complexities of family relationships, and Murray and Jones are very sweet together. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
2/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) That's undoubtedly an interesting idea but Grace (Bening) and Edward (Nighy) are so odd and awkward together, you can't believe their marriage would have lasted a week, let alone the 29 years it apparently has. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
1/5 48% Unhinged (2020) I think you can see where we're heading for the next very nasty 90 minutes, in a film conspicuous for its complete inability to say anything interesting about mounting anger levels in the modern age. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/5 74% The Photograph (2020) Finding out is contrived and over-indulged but good-looking, easy to watch and helped by a cool jazz soundtrack. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 72% Escape from Pretoria (2020) What ensues is a familiar prison-escape tale with not enough story or tension to really grip. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Blending Harry Potter-style magic with the questing of a fantasy video game, it eventually serves up a teary five-star ending. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 77% Military Wives (2020) Military Wives is very much that sort of British picture - funny, feelgood but with a generous dollop of heart-wringing emotion, too. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 85% Mr. Jones (2020) Despite being based on a true story, there's something that doesn't quite convince about this undeniably handsome but overlong production. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Despite the occasionally slow pace, an impressively strong finish means you'll enjoy finding out. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) But while this definitely has its moments, it's a film that never quite bursts into life, held back by some nasty underlying violence, a story that is simply too complicated and a supporting team that don't quite grasp the opportunity they've been handed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
1/5 14% Dolittle (2020) Yes, less than a year after the aptly named Avengers: Endgame, he gives one of the worst performances of his career in a film that may make a few small children giggle (forgive them, they know no better) but disappoints on so many levels. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It's cleverly structured and very nicely acted but also a little dated, convoluted and overlong. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) But what you really need to know about this exploration of madness, mermaids and marine isolation is that it's in black and white, shot in an old-fashioned upright ratio and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Kaluuya is great, Turner-Smith even better, and while one shocking incident doesn't quite earn its place, the rest is an angry, powerful and surprisingly sexy delight. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Someone clearly thinks Blake Lively should be a bigger star than she is - a view I shared until I caught up with this clumsily misfiring thriller. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) All a bit strange, but rather lovely too. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Yup, Clint is definitely still in the game. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 21% The Grudge (2020) [T]he film probably delivers sufficient jump-scares for a young audience, despite a rather predictable ending. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
2/5 13% The Turning (2020) [P]resumably in a misguided attempt to replicate James's own unresolved ending, Sigismondi serves up a succession of climactic scenes that will leave most people scratching their head and stumbling grumpily out into the street in frustration. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's certainly not Dickens as we know it, but the great man would definitely approve. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) It's a deeply moving story but the ponderous pace, endless introspection and almost three-hour running time will definitely damage its commercial prospects. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 84% Waves (2019) ... touching but overlong and somewhat melodramatic picture. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 85% Just Mercy (2020) It's hard-hitting stuff... but director Destin Daniel Cretton, having certainly gained our attention, slowly loses it by flirting with cliché, over-indulging his actors and taking far too long to make his unarguable point. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 68% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell is thankfully more than good enough to overcome both potential stumbling blocks. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 22% 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 36% 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