Matthew Razak

Matthew Razak
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: Yay Area

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6.5/10 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Despite not quite having the same flair for action as Michael Bay, Arbi and Fallah manage to capture some of the magic of a Bay film while somehow updating it to modern-day sensibilities. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
8.5/10 89% 1917 (2020) There is a specific scene where Schofield is escaping from pursuing enemy forces, lit almost entirely by flares and done in a single shot, that is basically just Roger Deakins showing off. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It is Disney running back to the safety of nostalgia, capitulating to those who didn't like the new, and releasing a movie that could only be made in a unruly attempt to please everyone. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
7.5/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jumanji: The Next Level takes what the first film did and turns it on its head, relying on the charms of its stars to once again deliver. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
6.5/10 77% Frozen II (2019) More of the same works but it is still just that. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
6.5/10 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Everything in the last 15 minutes reminds you that this isn't The Shining and it's too bad it had to be that way. Without that reminder the film stands on its own quite well; with it the movie seems less than. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/10 69% Joker (2019) The last laugh of someone who simply wants to watch the world burn. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
8/10 80% Good Boys (2019) The movie, at its core, is less raunchy comedy and more childhood adventure -- think 80s Spielberg kids movies but with the drug Molly. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
6/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Enough fist bumps to put you into a bro coma. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) This movie is a non-stop visual orgasm (put that one on the poster, Disney). - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
5.5 63% Yesterday (2019) Insert your own clever Beatles musical reference for a conclusion here. If Boyle didn't feel the need to try all that hard, I'm not going to either. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/10 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The best children's films -- the best films -- open up under their top layer to deliver something more, but Pets 2 is nothing underneath. Its secrets are empty. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/10 57% Brightburn (2019) Unfortunately, Brightburn is too busy with its lackluster gorefest and tepid attempts at being scary that it completely bypasses all the interesting thematic ideas that the film could have delivered. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Is it up to the same quality and awesome of the first two? As our often monosyllabic and monotone hero would say in pitch-perfect understatement: yea. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 14% The Hustle (2019) My recommendation for seeing The Hustle? Just rent the original, which is a remake itself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/10 27% UglyDolls (2019) At no point in its under 90-minute run time does it do a single thing to justify its existence. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This movie, without the emotional and historical build up that the myriad of Marvel films brought before it, would simply be a better directed Justice League. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
7/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The issue is if you're not in on the setup none of that subversion is actually subversion at all and the first half of the movie doesn't work as well without that aspect. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
6/10 66% Peterloo (2019) How do you make a movie about an event that was horrific but did nothing? Leigh attempts to tackle that while making a few political statements of his own with varying degrees of success. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 100% Snatchers (2019) Snatchers is the kind of horror that is what it is and doesn't want to be anything more, and yet in that it becomes a bit more. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Instead of being scared of something we are scared of nothing right alongside our heroine. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 84% The Hottest August (2019) There's no drive to it, aimlessly meandering around New York trying to prove a point when there isn't one. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5 100% Come As You Are (2020) It's a good comedy that gets better simply because it is good at the basics. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
8.5/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) What is so great about The Art of Self-Defense is that it tackles such serious issues in a way that makes them incredibly easy to understand. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/10 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The movie is just as much a glorification of Hamer and the Texas Marshalls as its predecessor was of Bonnie and Clyde. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 81% Porno (2019) Porno, much like the genre of film it is named after, is all about visuals with none of the depth. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
8/10 100% South Mountain (2019) The plot doesn't really develop, instead, like the creeks that weave around the family's house, steadily flows forward through the slow reliability of each day happening after the next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 100% Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) The best documentary takes our misconceptions and shows us the truth. Who Let the Dogs Out does this by taking a pop song and delivering a treatise on the very nature of art. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
7.5/10 93% Us (2019) Much like the characters in his film, Peele's greatest enemy for this film seems to be himself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
7/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) In a world where Marvel films are now Oscar contenders and we've seen nearly every Avenger onscreen in the same movie, how do we set the baseline for what a good Marvel film is? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4.5/10 60% Greta (2019) Greta is, sadly, regretable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
7/10 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U barely even touches the horror genre. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/10 70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The movie says nothing about anything, it's jokes are simply there to make references to terrible cliches that aren't really cliches anymore. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Damn it. Get out of my head, Velvet Buzzsaw! Get out of my head! - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Turns out childhood wonder can be recaptured, but it's damn hard. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5.5/10 41% The Upside (2019) The film is the exact feel-good movie you think it is with little to no surprises in plotting, writing, or pacing. It hits every point it should and then moves on to the next point it should. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
7.5/10 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Whatever your take on the style of the film there is one thing that's undeniable: Coogan delivers one of the best performances of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
8/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) It's the simplicity, grounded in a character-driven story, that makes the film feel like those classic 80s movies where anything could happen to a bunch of kids with minimal parental supervision. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The only magic that Mary Poppins Returns is lacking that the original has is the magic of nostalgia, a spell that can only be cast with time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
6/10 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) There's nothing too special about it, but if you're sitting at home looking for something good to watch it will definitely more than do. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
7/10 84% Creed II (2018) There is nothing wrong with Creed II other than the fact that it isn't Creed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8/10 82% Instant Family (2018) Thankfully, there's a heart to this film. It may seem to not belong when looking at it from the outside, but often times that's what families look like too: full of parts that shouldn't hold together but do. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
5/10 59% The Grinch (2018) Its heart is two sizes too small. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 79% Halloween (2018) This is the slasher film fed through a modern horror lense. It takes an 80s horror icon and puts him into a world of It Follows, Hereditary, and You're Next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
9/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Goddard is in his peak genre deconstruction form that made Cabin in the Woods so much fun and The Good Place one of the funniest shows on television. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
6.5/10 29% Venom (2018) Venom isn't good, but Venom was never meant to be good anyway. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot is a children's movie, and in that capacity I can't say it doesn't work. It lays out its story, delivers some jokes, has some songs, and then ends happily. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
7.5/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) ...a little bit whimsical, a little bit scary, and a whole lot of charming. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/10 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is a bad movie, with a bad message, made at a bad time. Plus, peppermint ice cream is gross. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/10 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) Each time you think it might do something interesting with the concept it veers into another puppet site gag that generates nothing more than a smirk. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018