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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
4/5 88% First Man (2018) A long, draining, almost painful film that commands admiration more than love.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) At its huge, pulsating heart this is a story about lovers desperately trying to save one another - from the loss of integrity in an industry that disdains it and from self-destructive impulses with roots too old and deep to be touched.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) If ever a film belonged to an actor... this one belongs to Close. Mesmeric is an adjective often misused as a synonym for superlatives because it sounds cool. Here it is the right word.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) It seeks only to entertain, and in its haphazard way it does.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
2/5 29% The King of Thieves (2018) Marsh had his hands on some very fancy jewels. What he didn't have, sadly, was the script to make them gleam.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
1/5 26% The Nun (2018) With no effort whatever to build a sinister atmosphere by layering the tension and creating characters about whom their parents could possibly care, every stab at a fright is a bog-standard jump scare...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 61% Yardie (2018) If [Elba's] first film often looks good and always sounds great, beneath its skin it is short of heart and soul.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Until the closing shots of BlacKkKlansman, director and co-writer Spike Lee does more than control the rage. He refines it with riotous wit into a stiletto, and is all the more lethal for that.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) The one genuine shock is that it takes Statham as long as 44 minutes to remove his shirt and flash his pecs.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) A gently sweet film which, without realising its early melancholic promise, aims a little higher than the bear necessities required of a Disney merchandising cash cow.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Its intent is limited to amusing and diverting for a couple of hours of high-summer fun. That it does.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 94% Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) A tender, vividly fantastical thriller based on the Sicilian mafia's real-life kidnapping of a 13-year-old boy in 1993.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird not only directs with the same assured inventiveness he brought to The Incredibles (and Ratatouille, and The Iron Giant), but has written a script every bit as smart, witty and touching as the first.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 55% Tag (2018) This one's first half stores enough in its hump to see it through the arid second. But like any man-child terminally sidetracked by interests better left in the playground, it never fulfils its potential.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds. But that is a miserably low hurdle to ask such a starry cast to clear...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The results are horrific, emotionally and aesthetically, and launch a corkscrew spin towards hell.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The sense is of a once dominant futuristic franchise becoming ever more irretrievably ossified in the monster B-movie amber of the ancient cinematic past.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
2/5 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) The most discernible terror comes not from the hostages huddled in the terminal, who are little more than extras, but from the sense of a director too paralysed by the fear of causing offence to take a perspective.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Did Amy Schumer read the script before signing up?‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For those less schooled in all the backstories, Infinity War scatterguns enough laughs, thrilling digital effects and exhilarating chaos to compensate for any confusion.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) This handsomely shot, elegant and engaging film by and large avoids the cloying winsomeness of its title to paint a vivid portrait of an era...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 53% 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 39% 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 97% 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 84% 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 93% 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 78% 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