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
3/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Scafaria presents a balance between aesthetics and the narrative, which makes "Hustlers" a deeper and more engaging film. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) The commentary is light and subtle, which works well for a violent R-rated film aiming to provide cheap thrills in the final moments of summer. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/4 79% Good Boys (2019) "Good Boys" has an undeniable energy, as most race-to-the-party films do, but don't let the pint-size packaging fool you; we've been down this road many times before. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
5/10 55% Summer Night (2019) Summer Night has an easy, breezy presence about it, but there's not much going on beneath the surface. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Tel Aviv on Fire moves with purpose, even if it occasionally trips over its own ideas. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/4 98% Love, Antosha (2019) "Love, Antosha" is a loving documentary about Yelchin's life and career, and it appropriately pays tribute to an actor who loved making movies. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" isn't a fist-pumping revenge flick, even when certain beats might make it feel that way. Kent is a much deeper filmmaker. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has often been his own worst enemy, and when his movies don't work, it's often because he can't get out of his own way. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It's not one of her strongest efforts... but "Sword of Trust" is still a fine example of a wonderful filmmaker. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) "Yesterday" feels like a soundtrack desperately searching for a movie. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
2.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It provides some laughs and a lot of heart but, in the end, it feels like a footnote to the toys' adventures. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
2.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" is a mixed bag overall but not without surprising moments of heft and impact. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
7/10 54% Ma (2019) The film's trajectory feels familiar, and Ma doesn't really hold a ton of surprises but is a genuine scream-at-screen delight. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/4 89% Rocketman (2019) "Rocketman" has the pleasing aesthetic of a storybook jukebox musical but is punctuated with a piercing and unescapable sense of melancholy. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) The new "Aladdin" is a little over thirty minutes longer than the animated version, and it becomes abundantly clear when the movie begins to spin its wheels. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The characters may appear as assigned archetypes on the surface, but the screenplay allows growth and movement, even within the smallest moments. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" will likely have you fist-pumping in your seat, but it had me checking my watch. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1/4 14% The Hustle (2019) On the most basic level, "The Hustle" doesn't work because it really isn't funny. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 81% Fast Color (2019) So, what's "Fast Color" about? From the establishing scenes, it's not immediately clear and that's the gently hypnotic splendor of the movie: it casts its spell right away and keeps you in a trance throughout. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" doesn't have the stamina to maintain its runtime of a bit over two hours, but Rogen, and, especially, Theron are worthy of keeping your interest. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/10 58% Charlie Says (2019) Charlie Says registers as a disappointment coming from Harron, who is fascinated in exploring the mind of depraved characters and working with the real-life Manson case should have provided her a chance to do what she does best. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 96% Little Woods (2019) DaCosta infuses her screenplay with enough social relevancy and urgency to make for a modestly compelling feature debut. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 58% Pet Sematary (2019) "Pet Sematary" is a suspiciously flat film, where terrifying things happen to the characters but aren't properly translated to the audience. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 63% Unicorn Store (2019) Many people will identify with Kit's journey, especially those pursuing careers in creative fields, and "Unicorn Store" will hit at just the right time. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" offers enough razzle-dazzle to justify its existence. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) "Diane" gives Mary Kay Place an opportunity to inhabit the eponymous character and breathe life into the role. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 91% Shazam! (2019) It gets a bit repetitive. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
7/10 93% Us (2019) It's packaged as a solid horror film, while upending some of the tropes. - CineChat Podcast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
1.5/4 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) There's reward to be had in an effective slow-burn, but "Dragged Across Concrete" feels like a 90-minute movie stretched over two-and-a-half hours. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) We've seen worse movies of its kind but ultimately "Five Feet Apart" will make you wonder: haven't we seen enough? - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 70% 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 99% 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 90% 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 55% 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 80% 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 43% 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 92% 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 67% 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 78% 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 61% 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 77% 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