Matthew Monagle Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Matthew Monagle

Matthew Monagle
Matthew Monagle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin Chronicle, Film School Rejects, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 30% Mortal Engines (2018) Too unfocused to be good, too packed full of ideas to be entirely bad, it should become quite the cable television staple in just a few years' time.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/5 14% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) The Possession of Hannah Grace isn't the kind of bad movie that warrants midnight screenings and rowdy crowds; it's the kind of bad movie that quietly fades from memory, leaving the world no better and no worse than if it had never existed to begin with.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/5 76% Back Roads (2018) Back Roads may ultimately work better as a book than a movie, but you can't accuse this cast and crew of mailing this movie in.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 93% 1985 (2018) What makes 1985 such a heartbreaking film is its refusal to contextualize Adrian's suffering against the ongoing AIDS epidemic.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 89% A Private War (2018) Where A Private War struggles is with its own message. The film wants to shine a light on political apathy, but that message is buried beneath layers of dramatized self-destruction.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
88% Prospect (2018) This is the way world-building should be done.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 100% On Her Shoulders (2018) It would almost be absurd if it weren't so deadly serious.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Given a role built exactly to his strengths, Butler also gives maybe his finest performance as Hunter Killer's first-time commander.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 29% Big Kill (2018) If you can accept the fact that Big Kill is a film with some rough edges - how I'd love to give them a mulligan on that terrible soundtrack - then you might just be surprised at how far a good location and a solid cast will get you.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) There may be plenty of familiar beats in Mélanie Laurent's film, but 'Galveston' proves the right performers can make any tune dance.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
69% Hold the Dark (2018) Challenging, dreamlike, and unrelentingly bleak, Hold the Dark is a western - and a Saulnier film - unlike any other.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
76% Mid90s (2018) Hill's understated eye as a director is given its moment to shine... Then the story starts up again, and we're left wondering what Mid90s might have been if it had only had the confidence to do more by saying less.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Steven Yeun brings the full weight of his international star power to bear in this haunting South Korean revenge story.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
79% Apostle (2018) Gareth Evans's long-anticipated project is more 'Safe Haven' than 'The Raid: Redemption,' and that's A-OK.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
4/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) By never talking or shooting down to its young audience, The House With a Clock in Its Walls proves itself to be - against all odds - a thoroughly charming family film.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Danger One (2018) A smarter script might've allowed these missteps to be baked into the film's appeal; instead, the film serves as a welcome reminder that action-comedy is rarely as easy as the best make it look.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 11% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint seems to be an action movie two decades too late. Surely, Garner deserves better than this.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 25% A.X.L. (2018) Like its titular character, A.X.L is a pastiche of familiar parts constructed in a lab, a blend of science-fiction and extreme sports tropes that result in little more than an audition reel for the film's young stars.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 79% Alpha (2018) Watching these pockets of pure cinema emerge from a "crowd-pleasing" story of a boy and his dog may just be one of the oddest experiences you have at the movies this summer.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 96% Blaze (2018) You may not always like the man, but Blaze makes sure you'll damn well love his songs.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
87% Wheelman (2017) The most surprising element of Wheelman, however, is the strength of its plotting. ‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Packed with an equal amount of fart gags and jokes about the modern state of superhero films, Teen Titans is a perfect bit of escapism for families suffering from superhero fatigue.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
1.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The Equalizer 2 tries way too hard to play the action sequences straight. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Sawyer is no less a demigod among men, but without a sense of humor or a self-aware streak to balance out Johnson's imposing physicality, we're left with an action movie that stars Dwayne Johnson instead of a project tailored to the actor's strengths. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Building on the scope and fantasy sequences of his previous work in A Monster Calls, Bayona proves himself to be a dynamic visual director, something sorely missing from the first entry in the trilogy.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals offers a truly poignant look at what it costs us to cross an invisible line between right and wrong.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor (2018) The film's quiet confidence in an evolved America only tells half the story; as a result, it already feels like more like a prologue than a happy ending. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 86% Upgrade (2018) [Upgrade] knows what it is, it knows what it isn't, and it plays to its strengths remarkably well.‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 97% 1945 (2017) 1945 serves as both a reminder of Hungary's complicity in the Holocaust and as an examination of what happens when an entire community is asked to keep one horrible secret. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
2.5/5 53% Book Club (2018) What could've been a lazy callback to Hollywood heartthrobs in their prime becomes a more engaging exploration of sex and dating within the 70-plus set. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) In rekindling the Cold War studio film, 'Red Sparrow' brings a little '70s exploitation to the political thriller.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) It may be billed as an adult comedy, but it's in the moments when it becomes a raunchy teenage comedy that Blockers becomes one for the record books.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
88% Fast Color (2018) With 'Fast Color,' Julia Hart encourages women everywhere to create a better world from the broken remains of this one.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
57% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Just like in the first Unfriended, Dark Web demonstrates boundless creativity in how it turns a computer screen into a fully realized environment‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
60% Profile (2018) Which makes it all the more frustrating that Profile reduces this interesting premise to its most lurid elements. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is a rare thing: a horror film from a major studio that blends high-concept with jump scares and manages to pull both of them off.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Just when you thought the MCU was out of surprises, director Taika Waititi and company deliver one of the best superhero movies of the decade.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall does not set out to be an insensitive film, it simply does not know how to put in the effort to not be one.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
No Score Yet Viy (1967) Viy serves as the prototypical horror film of the 1960s, one whose special effects and lowbrow exterior disguise its own considerably more nuanced agenda.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) All the best parts of a summer movie, all the worst parts of a Star Trek film.‐ Film School Rejects
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016