Matthew Razak

Matthew Razak
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Examiner.com, Flixist.com
Location: Yay Area

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 57% 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 89% 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/10 15% The Hustle (2019) My recommendation for seeing The Hustle? Just rent the original, which is a remake itself. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/10 29% UglyDolls (2019) At no point in its under 90-minute run time does it do a single thing to justify its existence. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
6/10 64% 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5/10 66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Instead of being scared of something we are scared of nothing right alongside our heroine. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 71% 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
6.5 100% Come As You Are (2019) It's a good comedy that gets better simply because it is good at the basics. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
8.5/10 95% 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/10 64% Porno (2019) Porno, much like the genre of film it is named after, is all about visuals with none of the depth. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
7.5/10 94% Us (2019) Much like the characters in his film, Peele's greatest enemy for this film seems to be himself. - Flixist.com 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? - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4.5/10 60% Greta (2019) Greta is, sadly, regretable. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
7/10 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U barely even touches the horror genre. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/10 68% 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Damn it. Get out of my head, Velvet Buzzsaw! Get out of my head! - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5.5/10 40% 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
8/10 93% 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
5/10 59% The Grinch (2018) Its heart is two sizes too small. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/10 13% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is a bad movie, with a bad message, made at a bad time. Plus, peppermint ice cream is gross. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/10 23% 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. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
7.5/10 46% The Meg (2018) I'll just sum it up: Jason Statham. Fist. Pointy Object. Shark face. Awesome. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
7.5/10 59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Dark Web is a surprisingly welcome sequel. It's not going to be a horror classic, but it plays with its concept enough to feel like its different from the original. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
4.5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It's a trite mess that barely clears enjoyable and only then because the songs are still catchy. Let's just not go again... ever. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
5/10 47% Skyscraper (2018) Like finding yourself in the middle floor of a tall building; it's not the best view but at least when the terrorists come to take the building hostage, you'll be able to get out quickly. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
7.5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It does its job, has Paul Rudd being charming, brings The Wasp in as a full character, delivers on the action, and leaves with a mic drop of a post-credits sequence that had the audience gasping. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4/10 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Somehow it takes all the childhood wonder that Jurassic Park encapsulated so perfectly and forgets it, leaving behind the fossilizing bones of a behemoth that once ruled many years ago. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/10 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) It feels like the passion project of a guy who wasn't talented enough to pull off his dream. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
7/10 89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary is a good horror film with inclinations to be truly great. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
7/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Most of me really loves this movie, but the Star Wars fan inside just can't. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
8/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This movie isn't actually about the Avengers. It's about Thanos. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/10 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty's message is on point, its delivery is not. - Flixist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018