Matthew Dougherty

Matthew Dougherty
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D 55% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King is one of the most technically impressive disasters in film history... - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 84% Crawl (2019) ...as far as its actual premise, Crawl could not be simpler, and that's a huge part of what makes it so effective. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
B+ 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell crackles most when Awkwafina and Shuzhen are on screen together, in scenes both happy and sad. Their chemistry is nothing short of perfect, rendering the dramatic irony of the story devastating. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8.9/10 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) One of the most original films of the year so far, The Art of Self-Defense is a searing critique of male violence, and the notion of power at large, told through a traditional kung fu flick set in present day America. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 82% Midsommar (2019) No matter what, there's usually something going on in Midsommar worth unpacking, but with the film so stretched, a lot of the individual scenes, especially the transitional ones, don't feel as rich as they could. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) As with all the other Spider-Man films, Peter struggles with balancing his personal life with his superhero career, but this is maybe the first Spider-Man film to struggle with that balance itself. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- 94% Wild Rose (2019) There's an energy to this relatively new performer that deserves and commands our attention. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
B+ 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) In terms of sheer plot construction and emotional precision, it's definitely the weakest of the series. But there's a newfound ambition here that cleverly and satisfying rewrites the core of the franchise into something that's really life-affirming. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco isn't one of those indies that feels like its story could have been told across other forms of art. Talbot makes effective use of film by giving it a cinematic quality too few filmmakers dare to today. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
B- 80% Late Night (2019) This film is designed to be easy to consume, which is likely why the script can feel overwrought. But then the players save it. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Not that the film had to have the same quippiness of the Avengers flicks, but good lord can this film be a downer with all its musings on rage and internal conflict. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 90% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is, all in all, a well-made film, one that honors the fabulous man it's about at the very least from afar. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
D 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It is a film so soul-crushingly dismissive of its entertainment value that it makes the thought of sitting in a theater anytime soon after sound like a chore. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
55% Ma (2019) Ma is far from the smartest horror flick you'll see this year, but Octavia Spencer absolutely rules in it with a strong mix of terror and blatant comedy. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
75% Dreamland (2019) As much of a mixed bag as Dreamland can be, by the end, it's hard not to get swept up in its dramatic storm. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) It's apparent from minute one of Booksmart that stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are going to deliver something honest and special. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 89% The Souvenir (2019) What Hogg is trying to communicate here is how this difficult relationship sucks up so much of Julie's life, but it ends up sucking up enough of the film that it's overall point gets muddled. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
B+ 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's madly entertaining, and yet, the series still feels just a little bit afraid to indulge itself. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
8/10 63% Yesterday (2019) Danny Boyle's latest, Yesterday, is funny, affecting & perfectly in tune with what made The Beatles such a phenomenon. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) ...there's a sense that Detective Pikachu knows exactly how to be a Pokemon movie, but not really anything else. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C- 83% Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) It's just really hard to tell who wanted to make this film and for whom. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
C- 81% Long Shot (2019) This film is more interested in pleasing its audience with rom-com cliches than investigating any of its characters' lofty ambitions. And that's where it falls apart as a work that's trying to do, well, anything with its premise. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...for that first hour, Endgame is maybe the most radical superhero film since Logan... - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B- 57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Few writer/directors can make a social satire work for more than 90 minutes, and Under the Silver Lake shows that Mitchell is not among them. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B- 96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is a mixed bag of contemporary indie tropes amplified by how relevant its themes are right now. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B 84% Her Smell (2019) Alex Ross Perry's latest is far from perfect, but what Elisabeth Moss delivers is nothing short of transcendent. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) ...there's a genuine sense of wonder throughout Missing Link that's often missing from its genre's live-action counterparts. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B- 92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan shoots for the moon with Long Day's Journey Into Night, but he only has a grasp on the visual side of filmmaking. But what a grasp! - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
B 83% High Life (2019) High Life is an endlessly confident work done in the director's signature style, to the point where it feels slightly alienating. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
C+ 93% Diane (2019) Aside from a few smart artistic flourishes, Jones delivers his story in a cookie-cutter indie style that's been done far better and far more interestingly before. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B- 55% The Beach Bum (2019) People die. Crimes are committed. And yet, everything here just seems alright, alright, alright. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B+ 91% Shazam! (2019) But the origin story of Billy Batson is earnest and actually builds in time for the story and the characters to breathe. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
A- 94% Us (2019) ...it's the moments where the characters are faced with the unpredictability of an alternate version of themselves in long, tense takes that pushes the film's horror value to another level. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ 93% The Mustang (2019) Schoenaerts is terrific throughout, powerfully breaking his rough exterior at the precise moments he needs to in order to realize his director's vision. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Julianne Moore is a national treasure. We all knew that before Gloria Bell, but this film merely wants to celebrate this universal truth as loudly as it can while still maintaining its artful, indie spirit. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
C+ 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It doesn't help that Captain Marvel adopts a whole slew of the MCU's other problems, from an underdeveloped villain to an avalanche lifeless CGI action. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) ...all the ingredients are there to make a solid How to Train Your Dragon movie. But throughout it still feels like the writers are missing their last chance to make a great one. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita goes through a simple story of embracing one's destiny, but her victory here feels small compared to the one the film really wants to whet our appetites for. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) ...Fighting with My Family is an undeniably enjoyable experience. Its tone is light and frothy, with this unconventional family adding enough spice to the story's formulaic beats. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
C+ 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) ...there's almost no down time in Happy Death Day 2U, aside from a few third act scenes that play like daytime television. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
D 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) In the end, it becomes obvious that The Lego Movie 2 just never really knew what it wanted to be. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
C 44% What Men Want (2019) The most frustrating aspect of What Men Want, and there are many, is how tepid it is toward its own premise. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- 37% Glass (2019) Some ideas could have used another scene or two for a more resonant exploration, while others should have been dropped altogether. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
B+ 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie is hardly the most original film of the year, but it does carry a powerful message about nostalgia-one that Hollywood executives need to hear today. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
C+ 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) There's a rosiness here that feels akin to recent socio-political celebrations on film, such as The Post and Hidden Figures, but then this film doesn't always find a way to ground itself amidst its good feels. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
B 74% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is one-part crime thriller and one-part revenge action flick, with both coming together within Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi's strong script and through Kidman's hard-as-nails performance. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
C+ 66% Vice (2018) Vice is trying to be so many things at once that it doesn't really end up being anything more than an unfocused political rant. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
C+ 93% Bumblebee (2018) The special effects surrounding these robots' radical changes isn't as wow-inducing as it was 11 years ago, but at least Bumblebee tries to tell a story while it employs them. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
B 65% Aquaman (2018) ...it's a more memorable movie than most of the lesser Marvel films, and thus, DC takes another step toward righting the ship. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns may be the most joyful cash cow churned out this year, but its leading lady is clearly focused on the joy more than the cash. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018