Matthew Passantino

Matthew Passantino
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been a film writer for eight years and have been with BigPictureBigSound.com for three years, writing over 100 reviews and articles in that time.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) Dark humor, done well, can be biting and daring, but it feels contrived in "Cold Pursuit," like Moland was playing a desperate game of Coen Bros. Bingo. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
8/10 100% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell is wonderfully specific towards the culture depicted, but there's a universality to its issues regarding family. Just about everyone will be able to take something away from The Farewell. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet The Sunlit Night (2019) It offers some escapist imagery, shot beautifully by cinematographer Martin Ahlgren, who captures the Norway landscapes like a postcard. It's easy to disappear into the setting of The Sunlit Night, if only the narrative were as involving. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 84% I Am Mother (2019) Sputore wears his influences on his sleeve, while creating a calling card of his own. He's a director with a vision, and I Am Mother will allow him to explore those ideas for many movies to come. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 63% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile is fueled by Efron's performance, which is unlike anything we've ever seen the actor do. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
8/10 100% Honey Boy (2019) Every moment of the movie feels like an artist in search of a desperately craved and needed catharsis. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
7/10 75% Late Night (2019) Late Night [is] a lively and entertaining workplace comedy with its finger on the pulse of today's entertainment industry. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
7/10 58% After the Wedding (2019) After the Wedding is a showcase for Williams and Moore to sink into the emotional weight of the characters. Would you ever need more than that? - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
6/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Never thought I would speak the words 'I was charmed by a Transformers movie,' but here we are. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
2/4 65% Aquaman (2018) There are some impressive battle sequences but a few too many moments of poor CGI, making it feel like you are watching a cartoon or someone playing a video game at times. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 66% Vice (2018) What plagues "Vice" is a screenplay that's uncertain of its own central thesis. There is a narrator throughout who spends the movie mythologizing Cheney, and at times McKay's screenplay seeks to indict him. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Before you know it, "Burning" will have you in a trance, playing like a quiet fever dream you won't want to shake. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/10 69% Song of Back and Neck (2018) While it's an amiable effort, there's not much to grasp onto in this film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
8/10 96% Roma (2018) It's a slice of life. You just watch everything unfold and it's beautiful. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/10 70% The Mule (2018) Bizarre is the only way to describe it. It's not the thriller the trailer implied. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/10 79% Green Book (2018) If you go to the movies and you want a pat on the head, this is going to be your movie. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 60% Vox Lux (2018) At times, "Vox Lux" can be devastating. In the blink of an eye, it can turn to a pitch black comedy and satire. There's commentary galore, ready to leave you bewildered as you exit the theater. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) How many times can one character be rebooted or reimagined before it becomes insufferable? Apparently we aren't there yet, because "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is a welcome breath of fresh air. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
7/10 74% The Clovehitch Killer (2018) The Clovehitch Killer might stratify some genre fans but it's much quieter than you would expect walking in. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Speed Kills (2018) A wholly empty action-thriller, which follows familiar beats throughout an ineffective and bland 102-minute film. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
5/10 91% All Square (2018) By the time John's inevitable redemptive arc comes around, it feels like we've witnessed All Square many times before. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) The political and social climate of Chicago sneaks into the lives of the characters', creating depth along their journey. You will be rewarded at every turn of "Widows." - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/4 84% Creed II (2018) Have the "Creed" movies learned nothing from the "Rocky" series? Sequels aren't always the answer. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
7/10 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) At times, The World Before Your Feet can feel like a PowerPoint presentation but Green's story is worth being a part of simply because it's too crazy not to. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's hard to say the imperfections of "Boy Erased" should keep you from seeing the movie. The ideas presented in the film may seem outlandish and archaic but the final title cards inform us how relevant this movie is. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/4 58% The Grinch (2018) There's enough silliness and pratfalls for the movie to work as a family outing, but in the end, "The Grinch" doesn't really justify its own existence. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
6/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The narrative doesn't give you a whole lot of time to become emotionally invested but the performances do what they can. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
5/10 25% Nobody's Fool (2018) This had two good laughs and some chuckles. It's stupid but it works on its basic level. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) If you are a Queen fan, the music is there and provides entertainment but at 135 minutes, the razzle dazzle wears thin and feels stretched. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/10 37% Hunter Killer (2018) This movie is a slog. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
1.5/4 77% Mid90s (2018) A hangout movie can be fun and insightful, but "Mid90s" feels like a Richard Linklater cover song without any of the wit or soul. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
8/10 80% 22 July (2018) What's interesting about this movie is that it's all about the aftermath, which movies of this ilk don't often focus on. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
8/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's nice to see this star-studded studio picture that is entirely original and just goes for it. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
5/10 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It serves its purpose. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
8/10 97% Thunder Road (2018) All conveyed in Cummings' tour-de-force performance, Thunder Road is about grief and guilt, hopelessness and hopefulness. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/4 87% First Man (2018) Everything about the story and presentation is big, so it's a bit disappointing that it all comes off a bit lifeless. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 81% Sadie (2018) Sadie might seem simple but it lingers. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It's wild and messy, thought-provoking and utterly damning, all while being supremely entertaining. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's lively and colorful, fun but significant; there's a little bit of everything here for everyone to enjoy. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
1.5/4 32% The Predator (2018) "The Predator" is such an ungodly mess of clashing tones and chaotic action scenes. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2.5/4 86% A Simple Favor (2018) Even when it falters a bit in its final act, Feig and his actors keep things lively and spirited throughout with snappy chemistry and biting delivery. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) "Life Itself" is one of those movies that thinks it's saying something much more philosophical than it actually is at any point. In fact, the movie is barely saying anything at all. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
5/10 29% Venom (2018) It's split down the middle. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
4/10 39% Hell Fest (2018) You should never be bored at a 88-minute movie. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/10 28% Night School (2018) I don't think this movie is aggressively awful. It's just kind of nothing. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
8/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) He's [Cooper] left all of that passion on the screen and once the credits roll, you know exactly why it was worth touching this material again. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
6/10 81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) What Keeps You Alive doesn't change the game but it has a little bit of fun while playing it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
7/10 40% Arizona (2018) Arizona is a madcap, nasty delight, directed with swift efficiency by Jonathan Watson in a directorial debut. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
4/10 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Nothing truly registers as hilarious in the movie but it's silly enough to make for a painless late-summer watch. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet The Broken Ones (2018) If the movie had toned-down its flair and focused more on its substance, The Broken Ones would have undoubtedly been a more effective film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018