Matthew Jackson

Matthew Jackson
Matthew Jackson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Syfy Wire
Publications: Playboy Online, Syfy Wire

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Story of the First Christmas Snow (First Christmas) (1975) Many times Rankin/Bass leaned into weird plots, wacky characters and Christmas fun. The First Christmas, despite its odd and redundant title, is not that. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
100% The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) A traditionally animated musical special that's surprisingly emotional. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
63% The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985) It's Rankin/Bass doing high fantasy in ways they never did before, the stop-motion is smooth and gorgeous, and it's worth seeking out just for how strange it is. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
50% Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) There are charming moments (as there are in all Rankin/Bass specials) but it never delivers quite as well as it should. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
No Score Yet Santa, Baby (2003) There are lots of things to love, but as with many Rankin/Bass specials, its story feels scattered, and in this particular case there's not enough charm to keep much of it afloat. Still, there's a lot of heart to be found. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
No Score Yet Cricket on the Hearth (1967) The animation is a bit choppy, but the title character is still very charming. It's a shame this one doesn't get more regular broadcasting, because even if it's often not a conventional Christmas special, it's still a joy to watch. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
73% The Little Drummer Boy (1968) A tiresome journey to the end. Its heart is in the right place, but it never arrives at a place that's interesting. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
79% Frosty the Snowman (1969) 'Frosty' is surprisingly emotional because of the level of love Frosty himself shows for the kids who made him. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
No Score Yet Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976) There's a lot to love about it, but it will never live up to its predecessor. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
No Score Yet Pinocchio's Christmas (1980) It's far from the most heartwarming thing the studio ever came up with. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July (1979) The idea of crossing over Rudolph and Frosty is logical, because they were the company's two most popular character (aside from maybe Santa Claus), but the way it actually happens is just nuts. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
50% Jack Frost (1979) It gets a little bogged down by its own insistence on worldbuilding, but if you make it to the final moments, you get one of the most moving things Rankin/Bass ever produced. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
50% Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976) [It's] just one of the weirdest holiday specials ever conceived - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
No Score Yet Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981) It's just so strange that it's hard to not give in to its charms. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
92% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) With the help of a classic performance by Mickey Rooney and narration from Fred Astaire, Rankin/Bass... [delivers] a Santa who's kind, jolly, and even gets a wonderful love story. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) No, Rudolph isn't the best Rankin/Bass special. Crazy, right?... The thing that really puts it over the top, though, is that it's a story of a group of people banding together to be generous to the Most Generous Man in the World. - Syfy Wire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/4 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ is a warm embrace. It's a powerful story of what happens when people on the fringes find each other and make something amazing. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
4/4 83% Detroit (2017) An absolutely devastating experience, and one of the best films of the year. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/4 44% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night is a nimble film that nails the oft-attempted but tricky dance between dark and heartwarming...This is a damn funny movie made even funnier by its sheer audacity. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
100% Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) You may not find what you're looking for but that sense of infectious curiosity is perhaps the greatest testament to the film's power. This documentary will embed itself in your brain and stay there all week. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is a gorgeous little thriller anchored by a magnificent performer, and it will crawl pleasantly under your skin. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
83% Beware the Slenderman (2018) The film's blend of true-crime drama and cryptozoological horror provides an easy, early hook, but its more complicated conclusions about scary stories, mental health and childhood violence are what don't let go. - Playboy Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017