Matthew Dessem

Matthew Dessem
Matthew Dessem's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slate The Dissolve
Publications: Slate, The Dissolve

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a little disappointing to see a film whose tight focus seems tailor-made to free it from the constraints of the genre color so vehemently inside the lines. Inside those lines, though, the colors are remarkable. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House With a Clock in its Walls is a bullseye, perfectly balanced between funny and scary. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Your reaction to John Wick: Chapter 2 will depend on whether you find that sort of "why are you hitting yourself?" thing funny or not-and how many times in a row you find it funny. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) If you watched Cruise bruise his way through the first Reacher film and thought, "I wonder if that guy's good with kids?" this is exactly the movie you've been waiting for. Otherwise: Run run run run run. - Slate EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 85% Glass Chin (2015) Stoll and Ireland are both in top form-Ireland, in particular, brings heartbreaking depth to a part that usually gets short shrift in noirs. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
1.5/5 8% Phantom Halo (2015) Phantom Halo is overstuffed even before Bogdanovich starts layering in the soliloquies and comic book metaphors. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
3.5/5 81% Love at First Fight (2015) The title does a real disservice to the film, a romantic comedy made with both visual and narrative intelligence, centered by great performances from Kévin Azaïs and Adèle Haenel. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
3/5 94% Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2014) Cámara's performance is excellent, suggesting a deep melancholy that's only hinted at in the script. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
2.5/5 74% Alex of Venice (2015) The whole enterprise is at the mercy of an outline that doesn't entirely suit it. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2015
2/5 65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) They've made an unpleasant film about unpleasant people behaving unpleasantly. Unfortunately, nothing else about The Riot Club is as clean as its tone. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2015
4/5 95% '71 (2015) It's a master class in structure, a meticulously built period piece, a powerful anti-war film, and rarest of all, a thriller whose tension and suspense feel genuinely earned. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Call for Help (2015) Call For Help drags in its second half, particularly in an interlude back in the States that makes the same point over and over again. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
4/5 91% Something, Anything (2014) Something, Anything is the rare film that gently asks the big questions, then gives us space, and room. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
1/5 41% Comet (2014) There's no way to sell this sort of garbage, but everyone involved tries valiantly. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
1.5/5 65% Late Phases (2014) Late Phases transforms from laughably non-frightening horror film to self-serious family drama and back again, all the while remaining ferociously, ravenously boring. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2014
3.5/5 83% Bad Turn Worse (2014) Bad Turn Worse takes its best shot at the slow-motion apocalypse that was Jim Thompson's specialty, and most of the film is beautifully claustrophobic. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
2/5 20% The Lookalike (2014) it's neither clever enough to get away with being stupid, nor stupid enough to just be nasty fun. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 70% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) When Poppe is filming the things he cares about-war, domestic battles, or even the planes of Juliette Binoche's face-1,000 Times Good Night is exquisite. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
3/5 94% Diplomacy (2014) Schlöndorff does the expected thing with handheld cameras, slowly circling the combatants, but he also finds interesting and exciting ways to use the space. - The Dissolve EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2014