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
1/4 19% Dolittle (2020) Studios would be better off taking risks on new voices and original stories than continuing to let movies like this out into the world. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/4 No Score Yet Mob Town (2019) The most frustrating aspect is the film's final act. The movie took its time mounting Croswell's case only to rush the finale. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) It might seem like an unpleasant sit, but Baumbach's sensitive and intricate touches make "Marriage Story" a leading contender for the best movie of the year. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse" won't be for the faint of heart - or those who crave a tidy narrative - but his hallucinatory fever-dream is indeed an experience at the movies. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) "The Current War" is competent, if lacking any verve, but it should be considered a win for the film that it's hitting major theaters during a crowded awards season. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The movie goes through the motions, as most perfunctory sequels do, and the cast's energy and commitment to the material help to keep things as lively as possible. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Debunkers, Inc. (2017) Silly and slight, Debunkers, Inc. isn't so much anything grand and memorable but a fine calling card for a filmmaker and his future. Sometimes, showing promise can be good enough going forward. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) The familiar elements are present, but that doesn't take away from the movie's emotional impact. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
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 80% 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 89% 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 96% 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 87% 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 82% 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 59% 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 57% 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 64% 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 90% 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 54% 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 98% 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 93% 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 44% 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 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 95% 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