Matthew Nestel

Matthew Nestel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Matthew Nestel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boxoffice Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100%

The Sky Turns (2011)

"What's rendered here is a fleeting life where we're mere visitors with roots that come and go. The film is testament to this transient existence." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2009
3.5/5 47%

The Education of Charlie Banks (2009)

"The cast is superb in their performances." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2009
4/5 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"In the attempt to follow a coming of age story about a boy's transition into manhood, a subliminal odyssey of the human spirit takes over." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
3.5/5 50%

The Feature (2008)

"A pixilated portrait of a life lived and captured unlike any other." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
3/5 56%

Skills Like This (2007)

"The writing is economically witty." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2009
3/5 90%

Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

"There is much to applaud and ruminate over." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2009
2.5/5 20%

Dog Eat Dog (2008)

"It's not rattling the genre." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2009
3/5 88%

Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008)

"The film's a wicked batch of screwy logic but, even when tossed and shaken, all the moving pieces fall into place." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2.5/5 75%

Our City Dreams (2008)

"The filmmaker accomplishes a strong connection with her subjects and trapezes New Yorkâ(TM)s persona nicely with its 16-millimeter cutaways and fun clips of the turning seasons." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2009
2.5/5 68%

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)

"Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2009
3.5/5 73%

Luck by Chance (2009)

"If anything, a film like this should compel us all to linger a little longer through the credits to acknowledge the no-name extra and the sandpaper-handed carpenters." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2009
4/5 50%

Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms (2006)

"With incredible self-restraint and tactical acumen, Dealing and Wheelingâ(TM)s Dutch director Sander Francken delicately throws salt on a gaping wound." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2009
3.5/5 79%

Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007)

"The realism of the cinematography, the pull-no-punches style in the scenes that depict Russia's military as a disenfranchised bunch of thugs and the gumption to toss it into one pot all deliver a robust recipe." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/5 100%

Toots (2008)

"Toots is a euphoric rewind to a bygone era when the speakeasies and the saloon congregations drew a faithful patronage that rivaled the Catholic Church." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2008
2.5/5 No Score Yet

Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (He Fengming) (2008)

"Speaking to the camera, you watch this frail woman command authority and, at times, fear. Before your eyes, she's wrestling with demons." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2008
4/5 93%

The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)

"A lyrical prance through a most dreary period in time." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/5 47%

The Beautiful Truth (2008)

"The picture carries an element of nostalgia and yet thunders down too hard with a lot of one-sided perspectives." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2008
3/5 83%

Call + Response (2008)

"The piece is well-executed, and compiles some strong takes from folks that are calling out modern-day slavery and are determined to topple its infrastructure." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2008
2/5 No Score Yet

Jesus Politics: The Bible and the Ballot (2008)

"Politicos may still need to purchase Jolt soda to stay tuned for all 90 minutes." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/5 100%

Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback (2006)

"The work is significant because it found gold tucked deep in a rusted drawer way in the back of an armory and manages through stock footage and stillsâ"even a few live performancesâ"to reprise the caliber of talent The Monks were, both onstage and on wa" ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2008
3/5 73%

The Matador (2008)

"The film does a fine job constructing a timeless piece of work with a sharp-bladed cleaver and steady hand." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2008
3.5/5 63%

Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) (2006)

"In moments of stillness, a composition of fast jukes and stutter-steps delight the eye. It's a lot of hurry-up and wait at first, but well worth it come the film's finish." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2008
4/5 59%

Mary (2008)

"Many Ferrara faithful fetching for something uncanny will line up and get what they bargained for." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2008
3/5 80%

Fraude: México 2006 (Stolen) (2008)

"If there was ever a visual indictment on the freedom-yanking powers that be, this doc might be it." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2008
2.5/5Too tepid and too predictable of a picture to 30%

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

"Too tepid and too predictable of a picture to simply sail away into the sunset." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 60%

Quilombo Country (2006)

"The storytelling is one that cannot be posed or mimicked." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 77%

Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

"Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 No Score Yet

The Death of Andy Kaufman (2008)

"A lo-fi whodunit that would make heyday Woodward and Bernstein doff their hats." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2008
3.5/5 100%

Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée) (2008)

"The serious undertones of the film are very real and played out with rapture." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2008
3.5/5 88%

Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume (Maria Bethania: Musica e Perfume) (2008)

"No musical track is cut-off -- you get the entire cookie instead of a bunch of crumbs." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2008
2.5/5 63%

Passing Poston (2007)

"Leaning too heavily on archived newsreels, the film tries to establish a feeling that the propaganda mechanism justified the government's deplorable actions." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
.5/5 No Score Yet

Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69 (2008)

"Much of the material is done in poor taste and reads as outright juvenile." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2008
3/5 84%

Back to Normandy (2008)

"The doc becomes an ode to the film the cast collectively made and iterates what power and range a camera can have in front as well as behind the scenes." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2008
3.5/5 100%

The Order of Myths (2008)

"The cast of characters trailed by the crew is a compelling batch." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2008
1.5/5 71%

Disfigured (2008)

"The film canâ(TM)t do the arithmetic right to get to a solution on how to tell a straight story without a bunch of forced tangents and gnarly knots that take too much work to sift through." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
1.5/5 No Score Yet

The Legend of God's Gun (2008)

"A feeble homage to the Spaghetti Western." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 74%

A Man Named Pearl (2008)

"Despite the kid-glove questioning, the film ends on an uplifting sentiment." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 86%

Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008)

"Not a lot of ground is covered, but that might just be the point. The end of days are near, and the film is the interim itself, watching a man wind down ever so slowly while trying for a few last gasps to stave it off." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/5 91%

Refusenik (2008)

"Neat and nice is good for textbook supplements, but aren't gonna cut it cinematically when the story itself is the only thing going." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2008
1/5 43%

The Reflecting Pool (2008)

"The effort is a noble one but letâ(TM)s let documentarians carry this crusade baton for now." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
4/5 81%

Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) (2007)

"Nothing is forced and the acting is just as sunny." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
3.5/5 88%

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

"One sonorous waltz through an enchanted domain." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2008
3/5 83%

Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World (2008)

"In a sense, Jacobs is curating his own world with choice grabs that, when squished together, have a wounding effect: Each image is another bullet that's hit its target." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2008
3/4 100%

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)

"All of the acting is pretty high school drama class...That being obvious, there are some technical leaps that make for fun cinema." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2008
4/5 100%

Take Out (2004)

"A day in the life that speaks to the unnamed and discounted that literally fuel the Western world." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2008
3.5/5 56%

Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni) (2008)

"All in all, the film will hold its own and become a standout for the sake that it boldly tried and succeeded." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2008
4/5 89%

Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007)

"An ode to youth and homelands, this fictional tale lives up to its searing title." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 23, 2008
3.5/5 56%

Paraguayan Hammock (2006)

"The thrust of this film is faint but steady. At times, you are really looking for something in the long-holding shot, and it's just not there. The point? Not to look too hard." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 16, 2008
4/5 30%

Young Yakuza (2008)

"Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2008
1/5 No Score Yet

Fade (2008)

"Words need not apply to this overly drawn-out picture where all 74 suffering minutes become an artificial scramble of missed attempts at isolation, lost love and disintegration." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2008