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Matthew De Abaitua

Matthew De Abaitua
Matthew De Abaitua's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Times (UK), Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Sign o' the Times (1987) Sign 'O' The Times is Prince at his commercial and critical peak, a life-affirming playground of music and sex. It is also Prince at his friendliest. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 25, 2016
92% Children of Men (2006) Classic dystopian British science fiction that draws powerful and moving parallels to the state of the world. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 1, 2015
44% Daredevil (2003) For all its clichés, it has a cracking third act, helped by doses of 15-rated violence. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 19, 2012
5/5 98% Up (2009) The creative leadership of the Pixar team restores clarity, simplicity, and courage to storytelling, establishing a daunting gold standard for family films. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 9, 2009
4/5 89% Moon (2009) Moon could do with a heftier dose of weird, but the disciplined storytelling and direction bodes well for director Duncan Jones. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 17, 2009
4/5 68% Bruno (2009) Brüno is thrillingly funny, establishing Sacha Baron Cohen as a comedian willing to go further than any other to show us what needs to be shown. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 10, 2009
5/5 69% Synecdoche, New York (2008) A soul-altering, heart-changing, brain-transplanting masterpiece. ‐ Film4
Posted May 15, 2009
95% Star Trek (2009) It's Star Trek, Jim, but not as we have known it. A masterclass in how to rebrand and relaunch a franchise. Sign us up for more alien girls, punch-ups, phasers, photons and misbehaving black holes. ‐ Film4
Posted May 8, 2009
2/5 37% Star Trek - Nemesis (2002) The geek exodus from Star Trek will continue with this middling movie, a cheapo space battle that has all the cool allure of a disco-dancing Dad. ‐ Film4
Posted May 3, 2009
4/5 94% In the Loop (2009) A devastating insight into the desperate state of functionaries in a technocracy. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/5 65% Watchmen (2009) The makers, marketers and producers of Watchmen have worked so hard to keep this community happy that they have lost sight of what makes a film truly exciting: our emotional engagement with the characters and their story. ‐ Film4
Posted Mar 7, 2009
5/5 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) An unusual conceit brilliantly executed. A moving work of golden fantasy poised just above the dark waters of our own mortality. ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2/5 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Could have been Ferris Bueller's Night Out but it's not even close. ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 30, 2009
3/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) Valkyrie's technique is admirable but it misses the mark emotionally. ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 23, 2009
3/5 86% Collateral (2004) Awesome vision and a compellingly villainous Tom Cruise save this cool contemporary noir from its lukewarm patches. ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 21, 2008
1.5/5 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) It's not good enough, at this point in the game, to serve up this collection of cliches and expect anyone to be fooled or entertained by it for a minute. ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 12, 2008
5/5 95% Of Time and the City (2009) A masterpiece. Davies demonstrates how art achieves the universal from the particular. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2008
5/5 90% Hunger (2009) Intense, disturbing and powerful mix of vision and detail: a recreation of a terrible time combined with a vivid and distinctive artistic sensibility. Truly powerful filmmaking. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2008
1.5/5 65% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) It has all the exquisite tension of dithering over whether to have the cake or the ice cream. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2/5 78% Burn After Reading (2008) Halfway between a good Coen brothers movie and a terrible Coen brothers movie. ‐ Times (UK)
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/5 73% V for Vendetta (2006) Contentious, pretentious but with a great last 20 minutes. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 14, 2008
88% Broken Flowers (2005) Funny, disciplined, and acted with great skill and warmth. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 5, 2008
1/5 19% Righteous Kill (2008) Scenes come and go in clouds of confusion, flashbacks and cutaways leaping in and out of the action like misbehaving children, but a moral stink persists. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 68% World Trade Center (2006) A tentative mixture of tearjerker and disaster movie, cautious due to the requirement that it bear witness to the true-life heroism, staying within the tonal range that is sanctioned for American films depicting 9/11. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Patchy but Ben Stiller heaves mainstream Hollywood comedy out of its Will Ferrell-inspired rut. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/5 75% Happy Feet (2006) Puts heart and soul back into the good old computer animated, talking animals family film. ‐ Film4
Posted Sep 10, 2008
3/5 85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) Del Toro's imagination is as fertile as ever but the plot keeps too much in reserve. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 22, 2008
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Makes The Phantom Menace seem like one long clearing of the throat before Lucas could begin to tell the real story. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 13, 2008
94% The Dark Knight (2008) The action is devastating, high-wire and realistic. ‐ Film4
Posted Jul 22, 2008
3/5 79% The Aristocrats (2005) Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique. ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 23, 2008
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Shows a more complicated understanding of childhood than you would expect... ‐ Film4
Posted Jun 17, 2008
3/5 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) There are some must-have luxuries here, first of which is Meryl Streep's fascinating performance as the fearsome Miranda Priestly. ‐ Film4
Posted May 27, 2008
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle (2003) How could you dislike a film that takes itself so lightly? ‐ Film4
Posted May 20, 2008
3/5 93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Action-packed yet intelligent, this takes the very best of the TV show and gives it epic grandeur. ‐ Film4
Posted May 19, 2008
4/5 84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991) Why is this such a good Star Trek movie? Well, Spock makes a mean captain, standing in for the imprisoned Kirk. ‐ Film4
Posted May 19, 2008
2/5 23% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989) The worst Star Trek movie. ‐ Film4
Posted May 19, 2008
46% Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) As an exploration of the loneliness of a unique machine consciousness, great! As an exciting SF experience, maybe not. ‐ Film4
Posted May 19, 2008
5/5 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Borat is the funniest film imaginable right now. ‐ Film4
Posted May 18, 2008
72% Batman (1989) Supposedly a superhero movie for grown-ups, this is actually a pretentious farrago. ‐ Film4
Posted May 7, 2008
5/5 96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Glorious escapism that will not make you feel dirty the morning after. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 29, 2008
5/5 91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) A stunning adventure story realized with genuine artistic flair. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 28, 2008
3/5 85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Pretty funny with brilliant bits but takes a while to warm up. ‐ Film4
Posted Apr 25, 2008
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) Dignified, intelligent filmmaking for liberal grown-ups. ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 27, 2008
3/5 66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) Michel Gondry is a visionary of sorts, but he needs a talented writer to add emotional depth to his child-like creativity if he is going to reach the heights of Eternal Sunshine again. ‐ Film4
Posted Feb 22, 2008
3.5/5 66% Brick Lane (2008) Rich and subtle in its characterisation, Brick Lane is an enlightening tale about the breadth and depth of ordinary lives, how they intersect with history, and where they remain hidden away. ‐ Film4
Posted Nov 15, 2007
5/5 89% Eastern Promises (2007) A violent taut thriller that explores an entirely different moral universe: Hackney. ‐ Film4
Posted Oct 24, 2007
4/5 90% Knocked Up (2007) Knocked Up reinvents the romantic comedy for a new generation. ‐ Film4
Posted Aug 24, 2007
3/5 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) The visceral stuff - the fighting and chasing - is great. The comedy is funny. But the film unravels with no emotional charge and you'll be pretty restless during the climactic apologies. ‐ Film4
Posted May 4, 2007
3/5 69% Babel (2006) You can't make the same film three times and not expect people to carp. Go and see it with politically-minded friends and thrash it out afterwards over coffee. ‐ Film4
Posted Jan 17, 2007
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) Confident, exciting, funny and crafted with real heart. ‐ Film4
Posted Dec 15, 2003