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Matthew Passantino

Matthew Passantino
Matthew Passantino's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat, Under the Radar

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 94% The Wife (2018) Joan Castleman might not be the most iconic performance she [Close] has ever given but there's a strong chance it's her very best. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/10 48% The Meg (2018) The Meg had free license to show up in theaters and just be a stupid spectacle and it doesn't capitalize on that at all. How often do film critics beg for a movie to be dumber?‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
6/10 90% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Over the course of 93 minutes, Madeline's Madeline simultaneously feels like nothing happens and everything happens. It's a strange, sometimes frustrating dichotomy that ultimately gives the film its bizarre edge. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
8/10 100% Night Comes On (2018) Night Comes On sneaks up on you when you least expect it.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/10 29% Shock and Awe (2018) The story at hand is certainly important but Shock and Awe fails to replicate the urgency of Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, which it clearly thinks it's doing. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
5/10 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody has moments of true power and realism but spends a great deal of time bouncing Julien back and forth between his parents. Structurally, things become a bit repetitive and ultimately tiresome. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
7/10 76% The House of Tomorrow (2018) The House of Tomorrow doesn't get bogged down in genre trappings but uses them to create something sweet and enjoyable.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/10 21% Terminal (2018) The neon-soaked scenery is undoubtedly intoxicating but there just isn't enough meat on the bones to ever get lost in the hollow underbelly of the film's setting. ‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/10 21% Submergence (2018) Most of Submergence feels curiously flat, given the frustration that the characters go through once they are separated.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/10 10% Krystal (2018) Krystal is as much of a head-scratcher as described, and a complete hodgepodge of ideas, tones, and ponderous dialogue about life.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
6/10 45% The Yellow Birds (2018) War is hell and we know that, but The Yellow Birds wants to show how war lingers. That gives The Yellow Birds an emotional edge.‐ Under the Radar
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet At the Drive In (2017) At the Drive-In is in equal doses a celebration and a eulogy but it's without a doubt something every film lover should see.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/4 0% Blood Honey (2018) The film didn't need a gimmicky button to close things out, it needed a compelling story to start with.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
A 92% Lean on Pete (2018) The entire story is told with a quiet but punctuating lyricism, avoiding cliches and obvious histrionics to play up the drama of the story. Movies are rarely more effective when they are told through a naturalistic lens.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
B 83% In a Relationship (2018) Instead of attempting to reinvent the wheel, he [Boyd] focuses on his characters' flaws and insecurities offering biting one-liners and honest moments that elevated "In a Relationship" to a bit above the norm.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
C 0% Blue Night (2018) "Blue Night" comes from documentary filmmaker Fabien Constant, making his feature debut, and appears to be interested in creating a swoony melodrama over anything truly substantive. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B+ 83% Stockholm (2018) While "Stockholm" presents itself as a familiar bank robbery story, its madcap energy keeps things fresh and entertaining from start-to-finish.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
B 67% 10x10 (2018) On the surface, 10x10 is a relatively basic abduction thriller but tightly wound at a scant 88 minutes.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
C- 52% Rampage (2018) There's a sameness that plagues these spectacles he [Johnson] attaches himself to, which lack any kind of majesty in its mayhem.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
B+ 100% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) A Boy. A Girl. A Dream may seem simple but every frame is a vibrant work of a passionate filmmaker.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
D 57% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) Tone deaf at almost every turn, Best F(r)iends won't have the same legs as The Room but could offer a night of fun with some of your closest f(r)iends. It's terrible.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
C+ 75% Gemini (2018) Gemini feels like an homage to L.A. noir films of the past and is more concerned with being a wink and a nudge rather than its own property.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
B- 83% Blame (2018) A lot of what doesn't fully work in Blame can be attributed to the fact it's a first time screenplay from a young talent - and talented she is. The movie will put a new set of eyes on Shephard, creating a calling card for future projects. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
D+ 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Fifty Shades Freed thinks it's titillating and thrilling but those wise enough to see through its glossy exterior know it's just faking it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
A- 90% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) In a rare leading man role, Offerman exudes charm and charisma in a performance that shatters his Ron Swanson image (said as a devout Parks and Recreation fan). ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
B- 30% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Hosking is trademarking his own brand of humor, which will play to a midnight audience.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
A- 100% Wildlife (2018) We've seen stories like Wildlife done many times before but rarely are they done with such grace and humanity.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B 82% Monsters and Men (2018) It's blunt with its message without being preachy, which helps it to be effective. Even when the movie leans into heavy-handedness, Green skillfully pulls us back. It's a daring task to take on as a first-time feature director and he does so admirably.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B+ 98% Eighth Grade (2018) As Burnham branches out to explore new avenues, he has offered a fine example of what he can do and left it with a promise that there is more to come. Same goes for Fisher, who has proven she is able to balance so much in the matter of a scene.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
1.5/4 32% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) "Pitch Perfect 3" is said to be the end of the Bellas and one could only hope because these movies have become the cinematic version of lip-syncing.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
C+ 70% Suck It Up (2017) We've seen movies built around this kind of story a million times and while Jordan Canning's film Suck It Up never makes any attempts to transcend its genre trappings, it's at least sporadically amusing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
B+ 86% Better Watch Out (2017) The young cast are all great, particularly Miller, coming off the disastrous Pan a few years ago. Hidden behind a squeaky voice and skinny jeans, Miller finds a balance of childlike innocence and balances it with a dash of privilege. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) The overarching themes of "Coco" might seem a bit basic for our high expectations of Pixar, but they are executed with heart and sincerity throughout the film.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
1/4 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) ...lets hope Wahlberg, Ferrell and crew have exhausted these characters because they sure have exhausted us.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a wonder, a daring mix of tones and themes that always work concurrently rather than against each other.‐ Big Picture Big Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
B+ 100% Wexford Plaza (2017) There's an unexpected sweetness and sadness to Wexford Plaza....The delicate balance that Wong strikes makes Wexford Plaza a film worth seeking out.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
B- 68% Bitch (2017) As Bitch progresses, it slides into a much more familiar redemptive tale but then Jill barks from the basement and we remember this movie still has a little - well - bite.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B+ 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) It's simple but effective and an assured debut by a first-time director.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
C+ 26% Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) Literally, Right Before Aaron sets up its been-there premise without much deviation before heading into sitcom territory for the final act. In fact, most of the movie plays like a pilot that was never picked up for a full season.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
A- 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is inspiring and reflective and works just as well as a mismatched buddy road comedy. It's pure cinematic joy.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
A- 88% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) A moment of silence for Amy Ryan's awards campaign that will never happen for her finely calibrated performance in Abundant Acreage Available.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
B+ 92% Stronger (2017) Everything about Stronger is rather straightforward but Green captures it tastefully and respectfully, carving out affecting moments in telling Jeff's journey. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
C+ 98% Columbus (2017) Columbus is occasionally effective in its quietness but other times it can prove to be a bit alienating.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
C- 56% Lemon (2017) In the end, Lemon is a barely functioning film.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
B- 88% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) Though problematic, The Untamed is another interesting addition to the horror genre, which has seen an uptick in quality this year.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
F No Score Yet America Has Fallen (2016) America Has Fallen is so distractingly awful, trying to make a grand action picture out of a few cents. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
B 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The documentary is timely and frightening and, despite some technical missteps along the way by the filmmakers, worthy of a much needed watch.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
D- 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) The Emoji Movie is so painfully lame and an 86-minute reminder that Hollywood could do better because your children deserve better.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
B 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde doesn't reinvent the wheel and never really tries to. It occasionally gets tangled in its own web but it accomplishes what it set out to do.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
A- 98% The Big Sick (2017) The film earns its silly and sweet moments just as much as all of the serious. It deserves to be the surprise hit of the summer, which it's on its way to being.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017