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
1.5/4 11% Music (2020) "Music" is one of those movies where you know Sia had the best intentions in mind, but those intentions are nowhere to be found in such a baffling mess of a movie. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/4 93% Saint Maud (2020) "Saint Maud" doesn't entirely work, but it introduces the world to a new filmmaker with a keen eye for atmosphere. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/4 75% Palmer (2021) Sometimes good intentions and proper execution fail to work concurrently in movies, as is the case with the well-meaning but bland "Palmer." - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Director [Emerald] Fennell walks a tricky tightrope tonally, which will work for some and not for others. It's a balancing act, but she pulls it off. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
7/10 64% Prime Time (2021) Even when Prime Time hits a few narrative snags, Bielenia is always mesmerizing to witness. It's a nuanced portrayal from an up-and-coming actor. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
7/10 86% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) There's more shock than genuine surprises, but as a piece of midnight cinema, tailor-made for a group of friends at a drive-in during a cool summer night, Coming Home in the Dark meets the mark. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
7/10 88% Marvelous and the Black Hole (2020) Cech is the heart of the film and coupled with her chemistry with Perlman, Marvelous and the Black Hole emerges as a sweet coming of age tale, worthy of experiencing, even if you feel like you've seen it all before. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
7/10 69% How It Ends (2021) Not all the comedic bits land, but How It Ends is how movies should be produced right now. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
7/10 76% Knocking (2021) Kempff walks the fine line of being frustratingly vague and trusting the audience to grasp the film fully. Knocking, for the most part, lands in the latter category. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
5/10 56% John and the Hole (2020) John and the Hole feels like all set-up, in exploring a young teenager's thirst for freedom and little execution. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
7/10 95% CODA (2021) Heder infuses such deep emotion in the movie, it makes up for its lack of narrative originality. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) When Davis walks into the room as Ma Rainey, you sit up straight and take notice. She demands your attention, and Davis' presence earns it with a simple glance. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 46% Fatale (2020) At the end of a long, miserable year - though the movies were quite good! - something as silly and mindless as "Fatale" rolls around at the perfect time. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 83% Mank (2020) It's built like an homage but feels like a eulogy. Are we celebrating what once was, or mourning what is no longer? It seems like an attempt at both, which keeps "Mank" at an arm's length. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/4 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The result feels like a Movie of the Week, presenting problems and hurdles for the characters to overcome in clichéd scenarios and obvious character arcs. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) Equal parts moving and thrilling, "Let Him Go" is a nice surprise. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
1.5/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The slapdash construction of the movie causes it to crumble as it progresses over the course of a long 95 minutes because it never really has a novel idea, it just wants to coast on shock and timeliness. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3.5/4 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) "I'm Your Woman" is one of the most effective movies of 2020. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 96% Shithouse (2020) The movie's familiarity might make some uncomfortable, but Shithouse is worth taking a trip to on a night in. Let the sweet, awkward nostalgia wash over you. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2/4 39% Honest Thief (2020) "Honest Thief" feels like just another outing for a Neeson on a mission movie and its bland routineness is its biggest downfall. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2.5/4 99% Totally Under Control (2020) The facts state what's obvious: Donald Trump failed to meet the moment and, even more damning, he didn't really seem to care to try. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
2.5/4 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) "The Wolf of Snow Hollow" knows exactly what target its trying to hit and, more or less, manages to hit it. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/4 95% Nomadland (2021) McDormand holds Fern's grief, hope, and reflection in her eyes, and with every look or facial expression she allows us to get to know Fern a little more. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/4 68% The Glorias (2020) "The Glorias" is a great reminder of how thankful people around the world are, and continue to be, for her fearless work. - Awards Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) "The Trial of the Chicago 7" moves with an electric purpose, and it will be hard to escape the parallels the project has to offer to today's culture. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
2.5/4 62% Blackbird (2020) When the narrative wobbles, Sarandon keeps things focus and continues to demand your attention. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
1.5/4 69% Rent-A-Pal (2020) The movie aims to effectively unsettle you, but becomes increasingly off-putting and tedious. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 28% Antebellum (2020) Any of "Antebellum's" narrative shortcomings are outweighed by expert craftmanship. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
1.5/4 23% The Binge (2020) There are plenty of party movies that follow a similar trajectory as "The Binge," and you should seek those out before deciding to press play on this one. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/4 19% Endless (2020) But based on the trappings of teen movie romances we know the universe has other plans, and "Endless" serves up yet another tragic teen romance. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/4 49% Made in Italy (2020) "Made in Italy" has a good heart, but it's too by-the-numbers to emotionally register with an audience. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/4 72% An American Pickle (2020) The ideas are in place for "An American Pickle" and the movie offers plenty of offbeat pleasures, but the screenplay could have used a little more focus on the deeper topics. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/10 48% Unhinged (2020) The movie knows what it is, and undoubtedly offers some tense moments, but once the plot contrivances start to stack up, Unhinged becomes too silly for its own good. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Locked Alone (2018) At points, the story can trip over itself with revelations and clues, but Locked Alone is a strong calling card for a talented filmmaker. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/10 20% The Tax Collector (2020) The dreadfully dull tale about a "tax collector" roaming the streets of L.A. fits into the director's typical milieu but feels like a rehashed story he has done before. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2/4 67% The Swamp (2020) Focusing on Gaetz's political fame is nowhere near as interesting as defining the swamp and how politicians walk the fine line of fundraising in light of the guidelines imposed upon them by their party. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) This iteration only clocks in at 78 minutes, and the movie does feel slight and a bit thin at times, but Maine is a strong writer. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 75% The Rental (2020) But the movie effectively lingers, and the unsettling environment created by Franco leaves an impression. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/4 94% Palm Springs (2020) Watching Samberg and Milioti play off each other, as they try to find some sort of common ground, is what makes "Palm Springs" enjoyable. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
2.5/4 78% Greyhound (2020) The action is sufficient and involving, but at the end of the film one question remains: Who are these people aboard the Greyhound? - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
1.5/4 48% My Spy (2020) It all just seems so tired. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
2/4 40% Irresistible (2020) For a film about a changed political landscape, the stakes in "Irresistible" feel low. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
2.5/4 71% 7500 (2020) "7500" is a well-paced thriller, and Vollrath and cinematographer Sebastian Thaler make good use of keeping the movie's action entirely in the airplane's cockpit. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) "Da 5 Bloods" is unabashedly old fashioned in a way we don't see anymore. Its sprawling length (just over two-and-a-half hours) and on-the-ground wartime scenes give the movie an epic feeling straight out of 1970s cinema. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Comedy is often best when it's personal, and you feel that throughout "The King of Staten Island." - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3/4 91% Parkland Rising (2020) "Parkland Rising" might not change your mind on the topics at hand but hopefully it will leave you thinking about the teenagers' simple plea: Let us live. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/4 93% End of Sentence (2020) The typical road trip diversions and mishaps occur, but the skepticism slowly starts to chip away, largely in part to the wonderful performances by Lerman and Hawkes. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/4 70% The High Note (2020) "The High Note" never finds the secret ingredient to make it something truly special or memorable, but spending time in this setting is an enjoyable night with this cast. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
2/4 65% The Lovebirds (2020) The screenplay, written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall, feels so deeply manufactured and strung together by uninspired scenarios that "The Lovebirds" never really entertains as much as its breezy pace should allow it to. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
2/4 47% Scoob! (2020) "Scoob!" has a bit of a chaotic story, and its attempt to include a lot of plot in a mere 90 minutes quickly turns its lively energy from infectious to exhausting. - Big Picture Big Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2020