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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)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 18% The Titan (2018) With Sam Worthington leading a rather unconvincing cast, the first half genuinely intrigues but the Earthbound story falters as things, er, evolve.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 44% You, Me and Him (2018) The female performances are lovely but every time the film gains a little comic momentum, it's frittered away courtesy of some ill-advised and occasionally toe-curling slapstick.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) No one stands out in a film that ruffles remarkably few feathers.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 50% Rampage (2018) For most of its running time it's just plain mediocre. At least for anyone over the age of 12.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 85% Ghost Stories (2018) Ghost Stories is... clumsily constructed.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 79% I Kill Giants (2018) Well, I Kill Giants is very, very like [A Monster Calls], only with more monsters, a Danish director and with Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots both taking on parts they might have imagined they had moved beyond. ‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Where's this unlikely hybrid of Heathers and Equus all heading? Somewhere improbable, melodramatic and not worth the effort, sadly.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 17% Death Wish (2018) Hey, it's got Bruce Willis shooting a lot of bad guys - what's not to like? That said, in this era of the ubiquitous satnav, it will definitely make you think twice about valet parking.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck feels like a serious misfire, mired in the sort of sentiment we might expect from Disney or a Nicholas Sparks adaptation rather than one of art-house cinema's favourite sons.‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Thankfully, it's nicely made... well acted, as funny as it is gently moving, and genuinely intriguing, as we watch Simon respond to online posts by the mysterious 'Blue', who admits that he is gay but won't reveal his identity. ‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's Blunt who does the really heavy-lifting here, albeit playing a role almost as old as cinema itself: the beautiful woman in terrible danger. ‐ Daily Mail (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) Emotionally it's completely flat - the main characters struggle to make it out of two dimensions, the linear storyline is a far-from-thrilling treasure hunt, and any potential romance feels formulaic, forced and rather feeble.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The visual effects are better and the monsters are evolving but the tangled, tedious storyline will defeat anyone over the age of ten. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3/5 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Liam Neeson, clearly having trouble stepping back from action-thriller mode, isn't brilliant as Felt.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
4/5 79% Unsane (2018) A dark, constantly shifting production that even Hitchcock would enjoy.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Something bigger, something more mind-expandingly substantial, has gone missing, along with real emotion and the important idea that an awkward girl like Meg, with troublesome hair, might be good at maths and science.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3/5 84% The Square (2017) It's easy to dismiss The Square as a good-looking but over-extended art-house muddle. But those with the stamina to stick with Ruben Ostlund's [film] may find some of its themes staying with them. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
2/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Rooney Mara in the title role and Joaquin Phoenix as a frankly rather scary Jesus both do a lot of meaningful staring. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 75% My Generation (2017) It's a familiar but culturally important story that just needed a stronger editorial line to give it real heft. Great fun, though. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Just about everything works here - with casting, story and pacing combining to impressive, high-end action-movie effect. Holding it all together, however, is Alicia Vikander, who gives us a Lara near perfect for these times.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
2/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) This is Beatrix Potter, for goodness sake, not Jackass. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Slow and idiosyncratic, it's difficult to know which is working harder -- the driving score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood or Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatised, hammer-wielding hitman hired to find a senator's daughter.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2/5 0% Walk Like a Panther (2018) Unfortunately, the execution is so poor and the comedy so weak, it won't succeed.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3/5 94% Sweet Country (2018) This Aussie western slightly outstays its welcome.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3/5 40% Gringo (2018) Theron is probably the best thing in a film that delivers some nice lines and certainly entertains but ultimately is just a little too familiar and complicated for its own good.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Alas, this is one sparrow that just doesn't fly.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2/5 10% Monster Family (2018) With editing, pacing and screenplay all misfiring, it gets odder and less enjoyable.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 82% Game Night (2018) This is good, if slightly lightweight fun, albeit with Bateman and McAdams on sharp enough form to make you realise how long it's been since a decent commercial comedy came along.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) It's harmless stuff but the humour is hit-and-miss, the screenplay formulaic and the whole thing goes on about half an hour too long. Even the dance scenes are uninspiring.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
2/5 76% Dark River (2017) Dark secrets, general unhappiness and big performances abound in an unrelenting misery-fest that leaves you with the feeling that writer-director Clio Barnard is trying too hard.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 100% The Ice King (2017) An evocative and lovingly assembled documentary.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie, who produces as well as stars, is to be congratulated on making one of the few Oscar contenders that can be watched and enjoyed rather than endlessly analysed. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 73% The Mercy (2017) The result feels a little small in its scale but is nicely acted, authentic-feeling and quietly moving despite a sense that facts, on occasion, may have made way for fiction.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
1/5 25% Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas) (2017) This little-awaited sequel to a 2012 original delivers jokes that fall flat, over-sexualised visualisations of women, and the most annoying cartoon sidekick ever -- a long-dead Peruvian mummy. Ghastly.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
2/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The result clearly aspires to be another United 93 but falls significantly short.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) This is one superhero film that definitely punches above the normal crash-bang-wallop weight. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a whole lot more interesting.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
1/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Derivative, nasty and at least half an hour too long, it's one of the worst films you'll see all year.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/5 14% Winchester (2018) It's essentially a things-that-go-bump-in- the-night-in-a-spooky-old-house film and it does deliver a few decent scares, although the frights diminish with time, as does the quality of Mirren's performance.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/5 0% Lies We Tell (2018) There's lots of atmosphere and dramatic potential here, but tangled story-telling and jump-cut editing combine to ensure it's never quite realised.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Roman J Israel, Esq is a rambling mess of a film that sees Denzel Washington playing a former civil-rights activist who, perhaps held back by his autistic tendencies or poor wardrobe choices.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The frocks, period setting and acting are all exquisite, and both Day-Lewis and Manville deserve their Oscar nominations. But be warned: the screenplay is heading somewhere dark, unexpected and ultimately disappointing.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
4/5 92% Journey's End (2018) While it clearly has nothing like the budget or visual effects that Steven Spielberg lavished on War Horse, it does have two very important things going for it: perfect timing and a deeply moving authenticity.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It's a class above anything that's gone before.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
2/5 51% Downsizing (2017) There are some funny lines here, but the story rambles inordinately.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) What ensues is essentially a road trip, with much joshing and reflection, the men all haunted by a distinctly unheroic past.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
4/5 54% 12 Strong (2018) It has a fine cast led by Chris Hemsworth, brilliantly staged fighting scenes, and shows that, for the first time in decades, American soldiers rode into battle on horses.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
3/5 82% Early Man (2018) If you're going to poke fun at the already much-lampooned game of football, you need to be funnier, cleverer and more inventive than this. Sorry, Nick.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
1/5 57% The Commuter (2018) Liam Neeson reinvented himself as an action hero with Taken. Since then, the quality of his output has been variable, but one thing is certain: he will never make a worse movie than The Commuter.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
2/5 84% The Final Year (2018) So much has happened in the year since Donald Trump entered the White House that The Final Year feels as if it has missed its time.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
3/5 97% Coco (2017) Complicated? Yes, and a little slow, too. But the animation is as colourful as the story and emotions do eventually reach the desired level.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018