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Matthew Norman

Matthew Norman
Matthew Norman 's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 50% Rampage (2018) You will leave the cinema in a jollier mood than when you arrived, and there's a lot to be said for that.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
2/5 17% Death Wish (2018) [Its] failure to explore the moral and political cements the movie in a quagmire of nihilistic pointlessness.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Davis (best known for 2016's Lion) has pulled off the miracle of turning The Greatest Story Ever Told into One of the Dullest Stories Ever Screened.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) The film is too anchored by silliness to take off.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) It leaves a sense of several stronger movies half-buried beneath a mish-mash of the poignantly heart-rending and the outlandishly farcical, and just about salvaged from mediocrity by its one sensational turn.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) If it isn't indisputably the best of Marvel's 18 offerings, it is certainly a contender.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Hawkins's performance throughout is career-defining. With her eyes, mouth and physicality, she finds a level of emotional eloquence to render speech redundant.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Possibly Paul Thomas Anderson's best film since that American auteur's staggeringly assured early work.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) This is Streep's movie, and not because she is typically excellent. She owns it because Graham is the only character on a journey of self-discovery.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
3/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Oldman delivers the greatest-hit speeches not just with mastery of cadence but with enough raw power to make the exceedingly familiar sound fresh.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
2/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) For all its cheeriness, brio and strong cast, this is a phoney baloney film with heartstring-tweaking, soul-stirring ambitions it is, by a laughable margin, too transparently manipulative to realise.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) You cannot kill the past. What you can do is build on it to enable an intriguing future. At the very least, The Last Jedi does that.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone gives her best performance since she first exploded as a fully formed generational talent in 2010's Easy A.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) Justice League clears the spectacularly low bar set by Batman v Superman. Whether bare adequacy is a compelling reason to extend the franchise is another matter.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The fim's optimistic messages about embracing otherness rather than fearing it, and the power of goodness and courtesy to overwhelm shouty aggression, seem oddly relevant at this moment in national life.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) The major mystery isn't the killer's identity. It is what possible point anyone imagined there could be to remaking Murder on the Orient Express ...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Its preference for wit over CGI exhibitionism and portentous cod mythologising makes this among the best of Marvel's 17 films, and by an Asgardian country mile the funniest.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) For all his dream-team cast and assured direction, despite capturing the laughable sycophancy of the apparatchik the film isn't that funny.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
4/5 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) A clever, thoughtful, elegantly wistful examination of the organic family's resilience.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Forty years after his death, people still argue over which Elvis, the slim young Adonis or the portly middle aged crooner, was better. Forty years from now, people may be having that debate about these Blade Runners.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/5 69% mother! (2017) It feels like an extended scream of existential rage hurtling along a foaming stream of subconsciousness.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
4/5 85% It (2017) Bill Skarsgård puts the cool into coulrophobia, bringing an arch, languid evil to Pennywise along with a faint Scandinavian brogue.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit becomes a kind of neo-Gothic horror story.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Elba's sublime professionalism in treating the part as worthy of him, and the dialogue as if it deserves to be spoken out loud, saves the movie from total annihilation, just as The Gunslinger saves this world.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) In a victory for style over substance, it forces the instincts to follow the plot and care about the characters to surrender to its and Theron's unrelenting cool.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
1/5 66% The Wall (2017) Like waterboarding, it ought to qualify as "cruel and unusual punishment".‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Frankly, my dears, you will give a damn.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
5/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) This is a masterly, mesmerising piece of work.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3/5 49% Churchill (2017) For all its fanciful silliness, this is an interesting and original study of a magnificent but unsaintly man raging in the dark against the dying of the light.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) Begins entertainingly before miring itself in dialogue-light CGI pyrotechnics.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Gadot radiates the goodness without sentimentality or wide-eyed winsomeness. Supergirl she ain't. SuperGal she certainly is.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) To accuse Depp of phoning it in would be to flatter him. In this fifth run-out as Sparrow he barely has the energy to tweet it in.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 30% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It is a film as long on tediously stylised fight scenes and portentous electro-folk music as it is short on emotional involvement.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/5 67% Alien: Covenant (2017) In attempting to play off nostalgia - Alien's stomach-churning suspense, the electrifying action of Aliens, and the religious gravitas of Prometheus - Scott takes on more than one film could handle, and misses all three.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1/5 23% Sleepless (2017) The final twist is genuinely unexpected, though purely because of its irrelevance.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Vol 2 isn't as spectacularly zingy as its predecessor - the law of diminishing returns applies in spades to the shock power of genre-subverting cinema - but that inevitability apart, the sequel is every inch an equal.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
1/5 57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) If Hughes's problem is the lack of anyone with the balls to tell him not to be so damned silly, the symbiosis between character and creator is perfect.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The urge for a second viewing struck me midway through the first.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3/5 68% Life (2017) The taut urgency of Daniel Espinosa's direction deflects much of the deja vu. Life is anything but a saddening bore, even if you've seen it (or something very like it) 10 times or more.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
3/5 70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The film has pace, gusto and aesthetic sumptuousness, and it creates a sufficiently magical world.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017