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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
4/5 85% The Meddler (2016) Sarandon and Byrne are great together, and the gruff J K Simmons relishes a rare romantic part in what is an intelligent and touching exploration of long-term grief.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) For the very first time, I see the point of Kevin Hart. His voice performance as Snowball, the murderous, former magician's bunny who now runs the animal underworld in the sewers, is the comic highlight of the film.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) While Kevin Spacey's gruff, stooped, mildly paranoid Nixon is pretty much what you expect, Shannon's Elvis is not, avoiding cliché and impersonation with a nonchalant ease.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/5 30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Independence Day: Resurgence begins brightly and enjoyably before it collapses into the sort of commercial, visual-effects-driven silliness Steven Spielberg might churn out... on a really, really bad day.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/5 33% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The hope behind the NYSM franchise seems to be that if they keep it quick, slick and well-acted, we won't notice what tosh it is. But we do, time and again.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 70% Central Intelligence (2016) It helps that he's working with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, a man-mountain with an unexpected gift for comedy, but the fact is -- I never thought I'd write this -- Hart is emerging as a genuinely funny guy.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) For the most part Ab Fab: The Movie is confused celebrity-laden chaos weighed down by too many cameo appearances and not enough story to sustain a full feature. ‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) Gerwig and Hawke spar well, Miller's screenplay has some lovely lines and there are cracking supporting performances from the likes of Julianne Moore and Bill Hader.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1/5 57% The Neon Demon (2016) My goodness, this is tired and trite old stuff, a dreary exploration of the world of the fashion model.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) With striking cinematography and fine ensemble acting, The Legend Of Tarzan is seriously good which, given how familiar we are with the basic story, is an impressive achievement.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) The acting is as underwhelming as the screenplay is under-polished and, although the action does pick up towards the end, there is an underlying misogyny that leaves a distinctly nasty taste.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
1/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Goodness, what an unfunny mess this has become.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) There's more than enough lightweight fun here to keep a summer audience entertained, and Feig, Dippold and their talented cast deliver some very funny lines.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 70% The Killing$ of Tony Blair (2016) Post-Chilcot, this is a 95-minute exercise in kicking a man when he's down, but I found it fascinating and well put together, with Galloway drawing on an impressive cast of journalists and politicians.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) There is still fun to be had here with Pine, Zachary Quinto as Spock and a particularly impressive Karl Urban as Dr McCoy. The weak spot continues to be Simon Pegg who, perhaps aware of his limitations in the role of Scotty, is co-writer.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
4/5 75% The BFG (2016) The result is a film that doesn't feel the need to relentlessly hit every commercial beat but takes its own meandering path, and is all the more interesting -- and, indeed, unusual -- for that.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) With the subtitles clearly struggling to capture the film's constantly shifting dramatic tone, this feels like that rare thing -- a piece of Scandi-drama that simply doesn't translate.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/5 94% Finding Dory (2016) We never quite recapture the sheer joy of the original, but it all builds to a strong finale.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) There's only so many car chases and so much watching of Matt Damon walking purposefully in and out of buildings, baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, that a man can take.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 90% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) I'm not sure Bobby Sands: 66 Days really does enough to justify a theatrical release.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 70% The Carer (2015) Konig, despite serving up one or two touching moments, rarely convinces either as a kindly carer or as an aspiring actress.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) hile it's not perfect, Suicide Squad is very good and definitely worth catching... It's a film with confidence and swagger, a film in which the sharpness of its dialogue is matched only by the coolness of its (very loud) soundtrack.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) This charmless affair lurches from one clunky set piece -- drugs, dodgy massages and sudden nudity -- to another, with Devine overacting and Kendrick totally failing to convince.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) This remake definitely gets there in the end, helped by a strong adult cast, a well-constructed story and some superb visual effects.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 66% Nerve (2016) Nerve is really good.... The dénouement is a bit too clever for its own good but its point about the dangers of online anonymity is bang-on.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 78% The Shallows (2016) It all works, thanks to Lively's convincing performance and a cleverly structured screenplay from Antony Jaswinski that sees her brief hopes of salvation repeatedly dashed by the razor-sharp jaws of seemingly imminent death.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Teresa Palmer is disappointingly under-powered as the daughter.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 11% Nine Lives (2016) It's difficult to describe just how unfunny this is, with the cat-based slapstick too obviously dependent on visual effects and director Barry Sonnenfeld clearly convinced he has another Big or 17 Again on his hands. Which he definitely hasn't.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 94% Swallows and Amazons (2017) I'll leave the new version to an audience who are either coming to Ransome for the first time or found him a bit dull... Because I'll have to concede, albeit through gritted teeth, that they might like this all-action, espionage-soaked adaptation.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 62% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) Gervais slips effortlessly -- and convincingly -- back into the role that made him famous and delivers a film that is laugh-out-loud funny at times but also manages to be poignant and, eventually, even unexpectedly uplifting too.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) The pulling power of producer Judd Apatow has produced a stellar cast of real-life celebrity talking heads, but the fictional underlying story just isn't quite funny enough; doubly so given its familiar path.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 82% Julieta (2016) There's an undeniable emotional intensity to what eventually becomes an exploration of guilt, but it's also overwritten.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) It will be too crude for some, but I have to say I found it a guilty pleasure.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 59% War Dogs (2016) If Teller is essentially playing the low-key everyman, it's the larger-than-life Hill who so impressively provides the story's rotten but hugely watchable core.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) Gorgeous to look at and lightweight fun while it lasts.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 81% Sausage Party (2016) There is some unexpectedly subversive fun to be had at the expense of the world's major religions, but the pace is slow and the point laboured.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 39% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) There's no doubt the film has its problems, but director Alexandre Aja always ensures it has style, if not much substance.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 39% Morgan (2016) While Seth W Owen's screenplay doesn't deliver on all the interesting points he raises about synthetic life forms, he and Scott work well together in the final lap, which has enough well-constructed twists to get the picture back on track.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 65% Anthropoid (2016) I didn't care for the decision for British and Irish actors such as Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones to use cod-Czech accents but the power of the story and the real-life bravery of those involved is compelling.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) It has charm but it's hard to believe in a man of such diverse talents, while the laboured eccentricities madden as much as entertain.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The animation is near-flawless, and the end result -- at least for anyone who liked last year's Song Of The Sea -- unmissable.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) With distant echoes of Butch Cassidy and Jesse James, and haunting music from Nick Cave, this beautifully crafted film stays with you and should do great things for the career of its Scottish director, David Mackenzie.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur is dreadful to look at, so murky and dark at times, that it's difficult to know whether to blame the weather, a duff conversion to 3D or Oliver Wood's original cinematography.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 77% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) For Bridget aficionados, it's going to be unmissable, the film that belatedly completes the trilogy. But for others...the end result's only fractionally better than the flawed and floundering Edge Of Reason, and not a patch on the magnificent 2001 original.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 89% Two Women (Mesyats v derevne) (2014) For most of us, it will be the presence of Ralph Fiennes that draws us to Two Women, and quite right too because he's very good in this adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's play A Month In The Country, even delivering his part in Russian.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It all sounds very serious, but it's not at all, with director Taika Waititi injecting a rich vein of dark humour and a cast of eccentric characters to deliver something that is weird, funny and mildly moving.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
4/5 96% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) Howard avoids the sadness that descends on so many Beatles-related projects these days, and concentrates instead on what made them fab.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 35% Blair Witch (2016) Wingard seriously overdoes the false alarms, the climactic pursuit goes on far too long, and the whole thing is too obviously dependent on a scary sound design.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 69% The Infiltrator (2016) The film begins in 1986 and is based on a true story, and you have to wish that it had either been told earlier or, if it is to be told now, told with a lot more style.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2/5 96% Little Men (2016) There are lovely moments but the end result lacks the revelation and, indeed, the resolution to find a commercial audience. A pity given all the hard work involved.‐ The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017