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Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam
Matthew Odam's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin American-Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Memoria (2016) Memoria is a poignant and troubling film, but it rarely telegraphs its shots and treats its young subjects with a slightly removed concern. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 27, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) The frenetic tone and uneven storytelling feels more like an outline for a film than a finished product. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 27, 2016
91% City Of Gold (2016) City of Gold' is a sweet and charming portrait of a talented man with a big appetite -- for food, for people, for Los Angeles. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 27, 2016
B 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) [An improv troupe] makes for a solid backdrop for writer-director Mike Birbiglia to explore what happens when individual ambitions and latent jealousy can poison a group. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
44% Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) When [Robbins] stares directly at Berlinger and tells him he is simply driven to help people reshape their lives, you have no choice but to believe him, even if you can't piece together all of the exact why and how. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 15, 2016
B- 70% Miss You Already (2015) [A] Beaches-esque tale of friendship, perseverance and love, mostly in times of duress. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 5, 2015
64% 6 Years (2015) It gives shape to the anxiety and emotional tumult that comes with maturation and the struggle to hold a relationship together after irreparable fissures have already started to form. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 14, 2015
B- 97% Being Evel (2015) We can probably stop making movies about the legendary Evel Knievel. That statement is a testament to the comprehensiveness of the film from Daniel Junge and the fact that the daredevil is starting to feel like an anachronism. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 20, 2015
48% Adult Beginners (2015) Kroll and Byrne find a palpable sense of care for one another. It helps that Kroll can use his face as well as any actor to draw laughs from the audience, and Byrne can illicit empathy and compassion with her gentle, plaintive eyes. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 20, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) There is great pathos and tragedy in both men's lives, and as much humor as there is in the film, it is underlined with a sadness. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 27, 2015
80% Yakona (2014) Yakona is a visually stunning piece of ambitious filmmaking, though the storytelling sometimes suffers from ambiguity and an overreliance on images alone. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 28, 2014
91% The Great Invisible (2014) Margaret Brown's documentary, The Great Unknown, does what so many excellent documentaries does: It educates and infuriates. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 21, 2014
B 67% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) Benjamin displays the familiar Hendrix quirks (the jaw gyrations, wide eyes and smiles while jamming), captures his wind-blown-kite voice perfectly, and paints the picture of an accidental poet philosopher who defied genre classifications. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 2, 2014
B+ 89% Obvious Child (2014) The movie takes a refreshingly honest look at the nuances and realities of unplanned pregnancy in a way few recent movies have. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) It's poignant that Myers, a man of great fortune and no shortage of film ideas, would choose to make his first feature a paean to a friend and mentor whom many viewers may not even know. It is an act of class and kindness befitting the movie's subject. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B- 86% Chef (2014) A slight but sweet film (part passion/part vanity project) that feels like it was tossed together in short order. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) [With] Blue Ruin, [director Jeremy Saulnier] muffles the humor with darkness and grounds the violence in a stumbling revenge fantasy enacted by a lost and fractured soul. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/5 92% Source Code (2011) Jones proves with Source Code that he understands how to pace a traditional thriller, and Gyllenhaal's display of comedic chops, confident bravado and tender sympathies prove that the 30-year-old actor has arrived at leading-man status. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B 66% Bad Words (2014) Bateman knows how to play jerks as well or better than anyone. He's perfect at the center of this foul-mouthed, loose-limbed, often hilariously mean comedy. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) In a world lacking trust, every movement seems a threat, around every corner lurks betrayal. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 18, 2014
B 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) [This movie] is less about relationships, character development and moral questions about how far we'd go to make money, and more, as the title says, about cheap thrills. Cheap, bloody, disturbingly funny thrills. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 21, 2014
C 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) When Burgundy originally exclaimed "Great Odin's Raven," the novelty and absurdity of it caught us off guard. Now you can see the jokes coming from the end of the plush-carpeted hallways, and they land with a thud. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 91% Nebraska (2013) Rendered in wide black-and-white shots that make the Midwest feel vast, empty and timeless, "Nebraska" is suffused with a rich melancholy, a slow waltz to laconic Americana banjo and fiddle music. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 26, 2013
C+ 23% Angels Sing (2013) There's a sweet message about family and forgiveness at the heart of Angels Sing, but the tune is a bit stale. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Hanks spends much of the movie trying to keep his calm, a relatable civilian doing his best to weave his wobbly nerves into the façade of a Navy hero. But you can sense the fissures growing. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 10, 2013
A- 88% Let Me In (2010) Reeves' fresh vision and utterly compelling storytelling more than justify the making of this American iteration that could very well make a surprise appearance on year-end lists the way its predecessor did. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 7, 2013
A 96% Gravity (2013) Yes, director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is laden with ingenious special effects, but they make for a balletic visual experience that engulfs and transports the audience in a way that very few movies ever have. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A- 99% Short Term 12 (2013) The movie has an authenticity and intensity that derives from excellent performances by its young cast and a script that never panders to its characters or the audience. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 19, 2013
A- 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) After unspooling in the first two acts, the frayed story returns to a tight form as the suspense builds. What begins as a Malick-esque exploration of light and warmth moves into the dark recesses of cold loneliness and potential danger. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 22, 2013
A- 92% In a World... (2013) It is a refreshing and unique film that marks the longtime romantic comedy side player as not only a leading lady but an impressive writing talent with a considerable future. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 22, 2013
55% Now, Forager (2012) Now, Forager beautifully depicts the connection between nature and our plates and bleakly portrays how obsession and rigidity can slowly smother a relationship. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 20, 2013
B+ 82% Prince Avalanche (2013) It is an absurd and touching little film that has more heart than one would expect to find in such a slight body. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 16, 2013
A- 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) The Act of Killing will mesmerize, confound and haunt you. From the opening scenes you'll wonder if what you're watching is real. And by the end you'll wish that it had all been a horrible fever dream. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) In recent years, Blanchett played Blanche DuBois on the stage, and her familiarity with the inner workings of a refined woman reduced to rubble shows in every scene. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C+ 67% Elysium (2013) Elysium starts out hot with promise and tension but unravels into a sticky mess of blood-soaked melodrama and action conventions that seem beneath such a gifted filmmaker. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
A- 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Over the past couple of years, the R-rated comedy genre seemed to stale a bit, suffering a slight affliction of monotony. Seems all it needed was a woman's touch. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 2, 2013
C+ 41% Only God Forgives (2013) The talented Gosling is relegated to little more than window dressing in this surrealist genre film. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 18, 2013
A- 84% Dirty Wars (2013) Filmmaker Richard Rowley's documentary Dirty Wars sounds the alarms, throws the lights on in the room and confronts audiences with the brutality of the conflicts in Afghanistan and elsewhere. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B+ 95% A Hijacking (2013) The danger never reaches the level of chaos, but the subtext and metaphor in the slow-moving humanistic commentary on the motivations and byproducts of capitalism make for an intriguing film. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B- 67% World War Z (2013) An uneven thriller that blends sociopolitical commentary with flashy set pieces, tense moments of scientific sleuthing and a touch of heart. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2013
C 37% The Purge (2013) The satirical social observations about class warfare and the elimination of poverty by killing the poor are really just an excuse to get the motley crew of sociopaths into the house. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 6, 2013
B+ 93% Frances Ha (2013) The light Frances Ha provides skittish moments of heartbreak and confusion on the humorous path to adulthood, but it sends a comforting message that our fate may use the same language as our dreams even if it doesn't tell the same story. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 30, 2013
A 98% Before Midnight (2013) It is a bold work that could come only from a strong trust and faith forged over time between the three collaborators. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 84% Graceland (2013) It is one of the bleakest movies you'll see all year, but its dramatic contours mark Morales as a filmmaker with the ability to craft a tight and unnerving story. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A- 98% Mud (2013) The movie, like adolescence, is a rich and emotional experience that jolts and jangles with a sense of wonder, mystery and discovery. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 78% It's a Disaster (2013) Berger peppers the dialogue with enough clever lines and observational humor about the nature of relationships and human fallibility to make for an entertaining and darkly comic film. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 18, 2013
A- 46% To The Wonder (2013) "To the Wonder" traces the purity and pains of romantic love, straying to encapsulate ideas of God and the power of surrendering to a higher power. It is sweet and tortured, startlingly clear and mystifying in its opaqueness. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 10, 2013
C+ 80% The Story Of Luke (2013) The outsized nature of their insensitivities is meant to reinforce the pain and humiliation from Luke's perspective, but it makes for a movie with an uneven tone. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 4, 2013
B 69% Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013) Somebody Up There Likes Me is a poignant and at times trying work of personal art that will likely mean different things to different people. Like its director, it seems to reflect more than it reveals. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 4, 2013
B 68% Wrong (2013) The story wanders at times and includes interludes that feel like non sequiturs even for a movie hinged on such absurdities, but Dupieux, with the help of Plotnick, has created a unique world of soft chaos and goofy humor. ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 28, 2013