Matthew Leyland Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Matthew Leyland

Matthew Leyland
Matthew Leyland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, Total Film

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica (Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang) (2013) A wholesome kid-flick more suited to CBBC than the big screen.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/5 63% Storks (2016) If The Secret Life of Pets was Toy Story with fur, then Storks is Monsters, Inc. with feathers and fewer laughs.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Spurlock upholds docu-clichés (childhood photos, time-lapse set-building) but brings fizz to the 3D songs and presents the fab five as your typical, likeable, everyday millionaire idols.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) The kids are superb - the ups and downs of the Joe/Patrick friendship ring true, while oddball Moises Arias steals scenes left, right and off-centre.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 71% Pacific Rim (2013) A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2013
4/5 55% Man of Steel (2013) A bracing attempt to bring the legend back into contention that successfully separates itself from other Super-movies but misses some of their warmth and charm.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 20% The Hangover Part III (2013) Less abrasive than Part II, but lacking any of Part I's freshness, this is the most lacklustre return-to-Vegas, trilogy-closing caper since Ocean's Thirteen.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
4/5 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) After a confident take-off, Abrams keeps the franchise flying with a faster, faster, FASTER sequel that makes for the most thrilling Star Trek since First Contact.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Carell and Carrey shine like sequinned suits in a comedy that allows them endless fun with the dressing-up box. More narrative verve and it could've been The Prestige in a big-cat wig.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2013
5/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Peter Jackson's return to swords, sorcery and beards deserving of their own postcodes is fantasy how it ought to be.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2012
3/5 24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) Aside from the usual self-slamming doors and flying bodies, there are enough creepy kids and hiding knives to distract from a plot that's increasingly mobile yet running on the spot.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2012
2/5 71% The Wedding Video (2014) For a better Webb/wedding bet, try Confetti or Peep Show's Season 4 finale.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012
5/5 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) A smart, stirring spectacle that faces down impossible expectations to pull off a hugely satisfying end to business.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) Like its source, this is both credible science fiction and a teen tale that doesn't patronise or pander to its audience.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2012
94% Moneyball (2011) Possibly the smartest, sharpest baseball movie since 1988's Bull Durham.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/5 84% Contagion (2011) A level-headed take on a topic that's often an excuse for madness and melodrama.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2011
3/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Like the 3D, an adventure that's serviceable but doesn't reach out and grab you as often as you'd expect. Frenetic to a fault, it'll divert the under-10s; older viewers may feel there's not enough lift in the quiff.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/5 84% Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011) Genre staples and stereotypes are slain only for convention to wreak revenge; but it'd sure be sweet to follow the loveable lugs on another misadventure.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Prepare to lose yourself - in every sense - in a labyrinth of double-agents, deception and damn fine acting from the year's best British line-up. Oldman at least deserves the Oscar nod he's been long denied.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2011
5/5 94% Days of Heaven (1978) Wholly divine.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2011
3/5 43% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Solid bordering on stolid. It's Favreau in control again after Avengers advert Iron Man 2 - but given the possibilities, a mild, mild west. More horsing around and another set-piece or two might've helped.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2011
3/5 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) The final piece of the Avengers jigsaw falls efficiently into place: decent acting, decent action, a few too many "we're all heroes inside" platitudes.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/5 79% Chalet Girl (2011) It's steered to success - just - by Jones, a natural, likeable everygirl who will make you care, possibly against your will, about a story as old as the Alps.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2011
2/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) A film with an identity crisis: an awkward hybrid of comedy and drama that's never sure of which avenue to pursue.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 52% Knight & Day (2010) Diminishing returns eventually topple it, but not before Cruise has cemented one of his most relaxed and likeable performances in some time.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2010
4/5 92% Ponyo (2009) Bar the climactic dip, another Ghibli charmer that finds story, subject matter and style in freewheeling harmony. You haven't seen the sea until you've seen it through Miyazaki's goggles.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2010
3/5 57% It's Complicated (2009) Not too sickly-sweet, but not sour either - still, Meyers' sex-with-the-ex comedy is an entertaining poke in the eye for Hollywood ageism.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) This exploitation epic is a unique beast that molests history, wrong-foots expectations and royally entertains. The movies' coolest Basterd is back on his game.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/5 35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Sommers bucks the bad buzz with a throwaway blast of solid, stupid fun. You laugh at it rather than with it, but a sequel would be worth it just for more of Gordon-Levitt's one-eyed dramatics.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
4/5 89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) A sweeping, stirring breath-snatcher that finds the director on his finest form since Face/Off. Even half-cut, it's a whole lot of epic.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) There are plausibility issues - no German accents; no guards noticing the kids' frequent chats - but Herman builds a tightening sense of dread that finds no release in the final, tragic twist. Expect a sleepless night.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2008
2/5 42% Wild Child (2008) Shame on Iggy Pop for letting them (ab)use his anarchy-anthem 'Real Wild Child' in a girls'-own flick that is so paltry it makes the recent St Trinians addition look like Picnic At Hanging Rock.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/5 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) John Williams' music elbowed in favour of Kevin Kiner's pale imitations... Little things that jar and jar, but at least there's no Jar Jar.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/5 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Stagey fluff, yes, but old romantics will spare a sigh for the fairytale fade-out.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2008
4/5 91% Metropolitan (1990) A witty, urbane portrait of Manhattan's debutante scene.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Less than the sum of its A-list parts, Nichols' grown-up satire only catches fire when Hoffman's steamed up.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) Subversive enough for older brother, sweet enough for kid sis, this cine-panto's a safe if not spectacular choice for a Chrimbo family outing. The cartoon chipmunk almost steals it, but Adams' dippy dazzle is the movie's heart, soul and lungs.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
3/5 74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007) A bona fide trash pastiche. So good it's bad, then? Almost, but the panache and playfulness machine-gun most of the shortcomings. DVD suppliers! Can we have the two films plus trailers in one now, please?‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/5 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) This has more bite than we've come to expect from Sam Raimi's Ghost House production outfit. Some of the action misses the jugular, but Danny Huston makes for a sensational baddie.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2007
2/5 22% Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Scaling dizzy heights of sheer averageness, the third in writer/ producer Paul WS Anderson's stillborn zombie saga is the best - or least worst - yet.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2007
4/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) Novel in concept, exquisite in execution, another family feast from Pixar suitable for all palates. Not a studio chef d'oeuvre, perhaps, but still the richest of this year's animations. Don't miss the starter course, hilarious space short Lifted.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2007
3/5 41% December Boys (2007) A warm, sentimental glow prevails at the end, while copious shots of rolling landscape offset the teatime-telly feel of veteran goggleboxer Rod Hardy's direction.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 88% Superbad (2007) The funniest film since, um, Knocked Up. What it lacks in novelty it makes up for with consistency. Supergood.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
2/5 33% Marigold (2007) A sari attempt to hybridise Hollywood and Bollywood.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2007
3/5 89% Waitress (2007) A stylised indie chick-flick, Waitress gets itself into a tonal puree but still offers flavoursome pleasures and full-on food-porn visuals. A funny and touching testament to Shelly's multi-talent - savour it.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
3/5 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Captured at hair-raisingly close quarters by the fearless filmmakers, the sense of lawlessness grabs the throat and haunts the mind.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 92% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) Fear, peril and hoplessness soak every frame.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2007
3/5 79% Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006) Arguably the film romanticises its morally challenged protagonists, but there's little hint of rose-tint in the fear, peril and hopelessness that seem to soak every frame like a cold sweat.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2007
2/5 81% Taxidermia (2006) Where Hukkle's circle-of-life surrealism had a certain twisted charm, this film's sense of the grotesque is more glum than fun. On the tail of such a promising debut, it can't help feeling like a hiccup.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/5 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) More a thumbnail than a full portrait.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2007