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Matthew Connolly

Matthew Connolly
Matthew Connolly's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Slant Magazine, New York Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) Roy Andersson's latest film perches decidedly above the world it studies, gazing down fixedly upon its inhabitants from a perspective at once sympathetically engaged and assiduously distanced. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
59% Bird People (2014) At the risk of taking the avian symbolism a step too far, I'd wager that telegraphing one's intentions to interrogate the realities of 21st-century dislocation only to settle for hands-across-the-water truisms seems a little chicken. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/4 89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) The film presents its tonal switch-ups and narrative swerves with a deadpan belligerence by turns stimulating, calculated, and poignant. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/4 100% My Darling Clementine (1946) The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 21, 2014
72% Like Crazy (2011) I'll admit that my heart broke a little by film's end, as the camera rested on Yelchin and Jones's faraway looks and Stars' sublime "Dead Hearts" flooded the soundtrack. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2013
No Score Yet The Dead Man and Being Happy (2013) At once familiar and enigmatic, Javier Rebollo's The Dead Man and Being Happy feels like a connect-the-dots film with a few lines artfully blurred. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/4 88% The Servant (1964) The film's sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
2/4 20% Broken Tower (2012) James Franco's film is tonally flat and a little too impressed with its own elliptical construction. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Snow on tha Bluff (2012) Questions of authenticity aside, Damon Russell evinces a shrewd understanding of how to juxtapose the handheld camera's finite sightline with the bursts of chaos that suddenly invade it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Donoma (2010) Unlike similarly interconnected narratives, Donoma refuses to lay out its complete collection of characters up front ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2012
3.5/4 75% Domaine (2012) The ultimate drama of Domain becomes how long he can be a witness to her self-destruction. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2012
4/4 97% La Dolce Vita (1960) What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
No Score Yet Yi ngoi (Accident) (2009) Form and content merge nicely throughout the first half of Accident, which is nothing if not the story of how skilled professionals work to make their complex efforts appear spontaneous and, well, effortless. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2011
No Score Yet La maison Nucingen (Nucingen House) (2008) It's fitting that the title of Raúl Ruiz's latest, Nucingen House, should not place primacy on character, plot, or theme, but on the physical setting itself. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2011
No Score Yet Sois Sage (Be Good) (2008) The problem with Be Good, Juliette Garcias's moody, visually-striking directorial debut, is one the film shares with other, similarly ambiguous character studies about people with hidden pasts. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2011
75% Domaine (2012) Chiha gives Domaine's first act an appropriately precise construction, assiduously demarcating temporal gaps and structuring Nadia and Pierre's repeated afternoon strolls with similar camera setups. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2011
80% Cold Fish (2011) Sono orchestrates the escalating body count and psychosexual perversity with near-unrelenting frenzy. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2011
3/4 100% The African Queen (1951) Huston understands the majestic savagery of his surroundings well enough to let it exert some dramatic pressure on what is primarily a buoyant romantic comedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2011
3.5/4 91% Cluny Brown (1946) What is the famed "Lubitsch touch" if not the quiet thrill of being in on the joke? ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2010
4/4 97% Raging Bull (1980) Scorsese might never again find a subject as ideal as Jake LaMotta, the Bronx-based boxer whose public bouts and private demons Raging Bull chronicles with such bruising acuity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2010
3/4 89% Waiting for Superman (2010) Guggenheim wants you to know that he has an education problem, and that you should too. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
2/4 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) What's inevitably lost is any real attempt to track Liz's internal shifts, the way her travels jostle her preconceived notions of selfhood and spirituality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2010
3.5/4 83% Orlando (1992) Rarely have source material, director, and leading actress been more in alignment than in Orlando, the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel, directed by Sally Potter and starring Tilda Swinton. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2010
3/4 96% Restrepo (2010) Hetherington and Junger's fair-minded chronicling of military experience remains a valuable piece of filmmaking, perhaps essential in reminding us of what warfare extracts from those who fight it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2010
4/4 97% Breathless (1961) The actors don't inhabit characters so much as occupy a middle ground where play-acting and fan ardor replace the embodiment of set emotions and personality traits. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
1.5/4 58% She's Out of My League (2010) An uninspired romantic comedy/male self-esteem pep-talk that seems to be yearning for viewer affection despite its all-around mediocrity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2010
2.5/4 29% Dear John (2010) As mid-winter sudsers go, you could do a lot worse than Dear John, an unassuming and mildly endearing adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks's novel of the same name. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2010
1/4 31% Bitch Slap (2010) If the film's half-baked salaciousness feels merely risible, its slapdash screenplay and cheapo look make it something that its generic forbearers rarely were: boring. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2010
3/4 81% Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) (2009) Like all great stories, it paradoxically allows us access to the big picture by bringing us gradually, hauntingly close. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2009
57% The Hand of Fatima (2009) For all its earnestness, however, The Hand of Fatima feels a little too thematically diffuse to leave a distinct impression. ‐ New York Press
Posted Nov 18, 2009
1.5/4 29% Women in Trouble (2009) At a particularly rundown corner of Almodóvar Boulevard and Tarantino Lane, you'll find Women in Trouble, a limp, forgettable collection of interlocking tales all centering on the eponymous narrative setup. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2009
1.5/4 71% Endgame (2009) What sparks are felt throughout come largely from Hurt and Ejiofor, who both seem to understand exactly the type of talky, tentative movie they're in and do their best to bring in some glints of humor and uncertainty. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2009
No Score Yet One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008) There's nothing inherently bad about the documentary about the real-life events that eventually culminated in the classic; it's just that there's little revelatory in it either. ‐ New York Press
Posted Oct 22, 2009
32% Adventures of Power (2009) For all the cheap shots in Gold's script, Adventures of Power views air-drumming with a surprising affection. ‐ New York Press
Posted Oct 14, 2009
2.5/4 95% Good Hair (2009) That many of these hairstyles derive from standards of beauty laid down by white tastemakers is a question that hangs over Good Hair. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2009
2.5/4 71% More Than a Game (2009) Conforms to the classic three-act story structure of unexpected success followed by hubristic downfall followed by triumphant return. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2009
2/4 25% Fame (2009) Like its gifted if excitable protagonists, Fame would have done well to stay in the classroom a bit more, rather than trolling the New York streets. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2009
4/4 89% Ningen no joken I (The Human Condition I) (No Greater Love) (1959) It all sounds like a downer, and Human Condition is an indisputably solemn film. Yet it also possesses a restless vitality, with hard cuts juxtaposing abject brutality with pastoral tranquility and romantic longing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2009
2.5/4 57% 9 (2009) A nagging sense of incompletion haunts 9. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2009
1.5/4 76% Captain Abu Raed (2007) Captain Abu Raed reaches for restrained empathy but cannot hide its bald-faced emotional manipulations and squishy, sentimental core. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2009