Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 86% They Live (1988) Whereas I saw an intriguing satire on '80s materialism and conservative economic policy, Piper saw a badass action movie being made by a director at the top of his game. - Good Men Project EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet Flight 7500 (2014) Helmed by Takashi Shimizu, the creator of "The Grudge" franchise, this is one of those movies that rewards viewers who watch it multiple times. It is scary, poignant and deep. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/4 70% 7500 (2020) I can't think of a better pandemic era distraction. This movie captures our claustrophobic, paranoid zeitgeist - despite being made before we entered this chapter of history. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
4/4 69% Dagon (2001) The only reason this review describes "Dagon" as "one of the scariest movies ever made," instead of as "the scariest movie ever made," is because I haven't seen every film. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3.5/4 41% Shakes the Clown (1992) It's a very dialogue centric movie, characteristic of other great comedies from the'90s indie circuit. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/4 83% Crawl (2019) Finally - and, for creature feature fans, most importantly - the alligators themselves are suitably believable and menacing. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/4 52% The Interview (2014) At its core, The Interview has a remarkably insightful thesis about human nature and politics. - Good Men Project EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) 'The Avengers' May Be the Best Comic Book Film Ever Made - Mic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Auschwitz (2011) My goal of roasting Boll's film was thwarted by the simple fact that his movie wasn't just better than his normal fare. It was actually good. Genuinely, legitimately good. - Mic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Yes, I said it. "Jurassic World" SUCKED! What the hell was I missing? - Good Men Project EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/4 14% Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) Whenever someone lists so-bad-they're-great movies, "Leprechaun 4: In Space" should always be there, right next to the likes of "Troll 2" and "Plan 9 from Outer Space." - Good Men Project EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
1/4 56% The Hunt (2020) President Donald Trump's supporters aren't victims, they're victimizers. Shame on "The Hunt" for pandering to one of their most cherished fantasies - that they are persecuted. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Despite its lack of pretense, there are actually layers of intelligent subtext curling beneath the standard horror plot. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) An enthusiastic and well-intentioned but ultimately clichéd approach is abundantly evident in the final product. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
3/4 89% 1917 (2020) From the sole perspective of the filmmaking craft, "1917" is worth a watch. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.75/4 20% The Grudge (2020) There was one moment in "The Grudge" when the movie, ever so briefly, rose to the level of greatness... Instead it settles on being merely okay. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If you disliked "The Last Jedi" (like I did), you'll like - but probably not love - "The Rise of Skywalker." If you liked "The Last Jedi," this review might not be for you. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) "Doctor Sleep" feels like the logical continuation to Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 93% Logan (2017) The ending of "Logan"... works in a bold and poignant way, providing the kind of closure that any story could be proud of. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/4 85% The Shining (1980) The classic Stanley Kubrick film isn't just scary - it is also, in its own odd way, defined by a hopeful perspective on life and death. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) An actor's age is irrelevant. What matters is that you have compelling characters performed well, which is why Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger carry this film. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/4 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Fortunately for fans of the first one, Fleischer and company knew what they were doing when they brought us back to their crazy, blood-splattered world. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 68% Joker (2019) While it succeeds in aping the superficial aspects of [Martin] Scorsese's style, "Joker" lacks the intelligence or gravitas of Scorsese's best work. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) [It] is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 80% Good Boys (2019) The main strength of "Good Boys" is that its jokes, while derived from outrageous situations, work because the characters react in realistic ways. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's a thoroughly fun action comedy that delivers exactly what it promises - and if the screening I attended is any indication, kids will love it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It feels like Tarantino is so wrapped up in indulging in his own filmmaking style that he loses sight of what made his best movies work. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/4 88% Clerks (1994) At his best, [Kevin] Smith captures the zeitgeist of an era and becomes the voice of a generation. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 65% Watchmen (2009) When given a great story and told that his job is to simply adapt it, Snyder more than rises to the occasion. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/4 83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" isn't just a great horror movie... It is also one of the best movies ever made about living with mental illness. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 46% National Treasure (2004) It is a definitely guilty pleasure, and 90 percent of the reason why can be summed up in two words: Nicolas Cage. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3.5/4 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a good movie that becomes great in its final act. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The latest installment, "Toy Story 4," is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
3/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) Every so often a movie gets so thoroughly shellacked by critics that, when you see it and realize it's actually quite good, you can't help but feel sorry for the filmmakers. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) If future filmmakers can learn these lessons from the travesty of "Dark Phoenix," it won't have been a total waste. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 43% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" doesn't need an original story: Like all kaijū movies, it only requires awesome monsters, epic fight scenes and some subtle social commentary. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Disney needs three wishes for its live-action "Aladdin" remake: for a better Genie, a better script and a soul. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) When Tarantino sent this message to moviegoers in 2009, it's unlikely that he imagined how relevant it would be in 2019. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) While "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an easy movie to recommend, it must be added that it's a hard movie to love. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 50% Tolkien (2019) For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There are horror movies and political dramas with premises less nightmarish than the one in "Avengers: Endgame... This is an interesting approach for a superhero film to take. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/4 18% Hellboy (2019) Watching the "Hellboy" reboot is like eating a rice cake - you don't feel bad afterward, but at the same time you're not entirely sure you really experienced anything at all. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/4 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Watching Fred Gwynne nail a Maine accent and spout cheesy dialogue is much more entertaining than this movie's monotonous series of lame jump scares. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) "Shazam!" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) But the good so greatly outweighs the bad; "Us" is definitely worth seeing, and it is a positive sign for the quality of Peele's upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/4 43% Captive State (2019) There were elements here and there that I liked, but its message was muddled - and if this type of movie doesn't work as a message film, it doesn't work where it matters most. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The breakout character of "Captain Marvel" may wind up being an adorable cat named Goose, whose cuteness seems destined to launch thousands of social media posts. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The final movie... is a tour de force, a visually magnificent and poignant story that serves as a fitting close to the series. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It is instead that rarity - a sequel that is both better than the original and manages to retroactively improve that movie. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019