Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 95% Paths of Glory (1957) For those who like to contemplate politics and philosophy through well-written narrative drama, it is a welcome distraction. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
82% The Borderlands (2014) Call it "Final Prayer," as they do in the USA, or call it "The Borderlands," as they do everywhere else. Just don't forget to call it the best found footage horror ever! - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
3.5/4 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Space Jam: A New Legacy did something I had not anticipated: It was a sweet, smart, funny and engaging movie. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/4 63% The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007) The Deaths of Ian Stone shows a level of ambition seldom seen in modern filmmaking, and the final result is certainly worth a watch. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
3.5/4 14% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) Andrew Bryniarski is the definitive Leatherface, as R. Lee Ermey is the definitive Texas country cannibal paterfamilias, in this underrated horror gem. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
2/4 9% Darkness Falls (2003) It is hard to imagine that Liebesman is at fault: His "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" prequel is one of the best horror films of the 21st century. Yet here he whiffs. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
4/4 59% History of the World---Part I (1981) "History of the World, Part 1" is one of the all-time great spoof comedies. Its genius can be seen right there in its title. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3.5/4 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) I'd recommend it to horror fans even if the COVID-19 pandemic had never happened, but I can't think of a more fitting way to return to movie theaters. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
1.5/4 14% Scary Movie 2 (2001) Scary Movie 2 is indefensible on every artistic and comedic level... yet I will still stand up for its fans. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
3/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 might be the ultimate movie about how to fight the far right -- an artistic testament to pragmatism and a cry of rage in the era of Donald Trump and Derek Chauvin. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
3.5/4 50% Leprechaun Returns (2018) As a serious horror flick - from scares and gore to actual story quality - this is easily the best "Leprechaun" movie. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests (2021) Persona will hopefully serve as a clarion call for those who make hiring decisions based on personality tests. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/4 90% The Vigil (2021) It is smart enough, scary enough and unique enough to be worth a watch both for horror fans and for people who want to see more Jewish culture represented on the screen. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
1/4 8% Music (2020) I am autistic and a fan of Sia's songs. As I watched her feature directorial debut "Music," I felt overwhelmed with emotions . . . none of them good. This movie isn't just offensive; it's patronizing. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 No Score Yet Croc (2007) It is no "Crawl," but if you want to enjoy a brainless natural horror film, it is silly enough to work on its own terms. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/4 89% ParaNorman (2012) Every child should see it. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2021
0/4 17% Smiley (2012) My personal hell would involve watching this movie on repeat. It is wretched, squandering a potentially iconic character with incompetent execution. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/4 30% Superman III (1983) See this movie for Richard Pryor. Play on your cell phone during the rest. Frankly it's what Gus Gorman would want you to do. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 40% The Grudge (2004) One of those movies that seemed destined to be iconic as soon as it was released. From its unique storytelling method to the utter creepiness of Toshio, it's unforgettable. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2021
3.5/4 12% The Grudge 2 (2006) If you're in the mood for a good scary movie - one that mixes old fashioned frights with a novel storytelling approach - you need look no further than "The Grudge 2." - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2021
1.25/4 No Score Yet The Grudge 3 (2009) Watched on its own, "The Grudge 3" is a disappointment; viewed after a better horror film - such as "Saw VI," also released in 2009 - and it teaches valuable lessons. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
2/4 12% On Deadly Ground (1994) It's a very interesting movie. Not good, mind you. But genuinely interesting. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 96% Richard III (1995) It is a brutal reminder that while we may be able to inoculate ourselves against diseases of the body, diseases of the mind will always flourish as long as fascist impulses remain undiagnosed. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
3/4 92% Coriolanus (2011) This is a manifesto not for fascism, but for hating human beings in general. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/4 61% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1991) If you are familiar with "Hamlet" and can appreciate subtle jokes about the possibility that your entire life is pointless, this movie is a hoot. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
4/4 96% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Welles may be best known for his 1941 film "Citizen Kane," but as far as I'm concerned, "Chimes at Midnight" is his magnum opus. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 57% The Beach Bum (2019) Is it great Harmony Korine? No, but it's pretty good Harmony Korine. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
1/4 67% Spring Breakers (2013) Alien is the only character in "Spring Breakers" who feels like an actual human being; everyone else is just there to be ogled over or used for shocking imagery. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/4 30% Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) I identified very deeply with "Julien Donkey-Boy." If you have ever struggled with mental illness - and can handle the movie's distinctly "indie" style - I suspect you will too. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
2.5/4 47% Mister Lonely (2007) Korine does indeed fail here. It is a noble effort, to be sure, and he deserves praise for that much... but it is still a failure. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/4 60% Trash Humpers (2010) This is a monster movie, but instead of creating fictional characters, it simply holds a mirror up to America. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
3/4 38% Gummo (1997) This makes it impossible to measure "Gummo" using the traditional quality metrics, and leaves us simply asking whether it works or does not. It works. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
2/4 52% Halloween H20 (1998) "Halloween H20" is the worst film in the series, and for one reason... its distracting plot holes. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2020
3/4 6% Leprechaun 2 (1994) Leprechaun 2, unlike the bland original film, contains a lot of the things you would want to see in a horror movie about an evil leprechaun. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
2.5/4 16% Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday (1993) If Jason Goes To Hell had been a standalone film, it might have worked; as a Friday the 13th movie, it sucks. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/4 18% Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning (1985) If you are curious about classic '80s horror and need a gateway into the genre, though, this should be the first movie you check out. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
1.5/4 19% Saw IV (2007) It was a bad movie overall, but it perfectly captured the zeitgeist of a terrible year through its awfulness. If the essence of 2007 is captured by any one film... it's "Saw IV. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/4 40% Saw VI (2009) Health insurance companies take human life... They are the real serial killers of our time. Jigsaw and his proteges at least have the excuse of being fictional. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
0.5/5 28% The Final Destination (2009) It reminds us that a "Nazi ain't got no humanity." They -- and Trump supporters like them -- must be depicted as punchlines, not normal people, so America will never tolerate them. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/4 96% Sling Blade (1996) It is a full blooded story, rich in the best and worst of elements of the human condition, and one of the most satisfying cinematic experiences I've ever had. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/4 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may not be my favorite movie of all time... but it is the one that, given the chance, I would watch forever in heaven. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
3/4 68% Red Dragon (2002) "Red Dragon" is the ultimate rewatchable crime thriller. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 93% Manhunter (1986) Below here there be spoilers... and unapologetic Marxism! "Manhunter" speaks to me as a member of the so-called "fake news." - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4/4 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is deliciously misanthropic, despite the Coen Brothers' protesting otherwise. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/4 19% The Bye Bye Man (2017) "The Bye Bye Man" is one of those movies that takes on a completely different meaning when you know its backstory. - matthewrozsa.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/4 85% 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 71% 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
3.5/4 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 43% 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