Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Salon.com
Publications: Salon.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 24% 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) "Logan" is the proper finale to the "X-Men" film series. "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... is so disappointing that it doesn't deserve that honor. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 40% 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 88% 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 51% 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 17% 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 57% 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 94% 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 45% 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 69% 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
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The expression "more of the same" isn't always what artists want to hear, but for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" it is very good news indeed. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/4 70% Unbreakable (2000) "Unbreakable" is likely to stand the test of time as long as stories about superheroes - or heroes in general - are still sought by scared, suffering human beings. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/4 37% Glass (2019) It is a successful movie on its own terms and an ideal closing chapter to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) "Bumblebee" does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It is more an experiment than an actual film. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 51% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) A conceit that could have been charming instead comes across as crass. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
0/4 12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) There aren't enough creative Yiddish insults in the world to adequately express how much I hate Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) There was a great movie in "Creed II," one that peeked out every now and then beneath the suffocating blanket of clichés. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5/4 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) I am happy to say that the misogynists' worst fears were realized. This is very much a movie whose female characters are equal to their male counterparts... - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
3.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) "The Front Runner" comes along at a particularly relevant time in American political history. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) In other words, like [Brad] Jones, I agree that this is the best Michael Myers-based "Halloween" movie since 1981's "Halloween II." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 100% CinemAbility (2018) "CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion" tells a Hollywood story that has long been overlooked. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 29% Venom (2018) Certainly I'm in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked "Venom." Hell, if it wasn't for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006) It's still reasonably entertaining if efficiently made action films are your bag, though. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 32% The Predator (2018) Amid this cavalcade of slightly-above-mediocrity, there is the issue I mentioned earlier: The film's, um, interesting ideas about autism. (Full disclosure: I am autistic myself.) - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) I've been on "Sesame Street." I know Elmo. Cookie Monster is a friend of mine. "Happytime Murders," you're no "Sesame Street" . . . and you're not "Avenue Q" either. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Say what you will about "Avengers: Infinity War," but at least its story took risks. "Fallout" offers a highly predictable form of fun -- although it's still fun. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "Star Wars" is not "Breaking Bad," and the same narrative tricks that worked for the latter feel jarringly out of place in the former. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Aside from a few flourishes of aesthetic inventiveness and a single moment of genuine wonder, "Ant-Man and The Wasp" doesn't do very much with its premise. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This is without question the best "Jurassic Park" sequel - smart, scary, and even emotionally powerful. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Do you remember when superhero movies were light-hearted popcorn fare instead of overwrought epics? "The Incredibles 2," which is absolutely delightful, recalls that time. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
1.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Whenever "Star Wars" tries to develop one of the franchise's key characters, it whiffs. "Solo" is no exception, a disappointment on par with "The Last Jedi" and the prequels. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Just as Robert Downey, Jr. has become the definitive Iron Man, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. It's the role he was born to play and whenever he's on screen, the movie's inner classic shines forth. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't just a gussied-up mediocrity being widely mistaken for a good movie. It's also, at least arguably, a dangerous movie for anyone who cares about the future of American cinema. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/4 69% Paterno (2018) It hits home not only because the crimes it profiles are so heinous, so unconscionable, but because the entire subject is so agonizingly relevant today. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 18% Death Wish (2018) In that limited sense, "Death Wish" is a success, albeit one that action fans should wait to see on Netflix. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
4/4 97% Black Panther (2018) When it comes to creative visuals, engaging action and likable characters, "Black Panther" stands confidently next to the best fare offered up by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3.5/4 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It strikes the balance between referencing its nostalgic origins without being obnoxious or obsequious in doing so. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
2/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) This isn't the story of Barnum's life, but a formulaic rags-to-riches story grafted onto the broad outlines of Barnum's career as a circus entrepreneur. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Saving Capitalism (2017) He no doubt intended to make a provocative film that would inspire its viewers to become activists for socioeconomic justice. Instead, this is a movie that conservatives should embrace as a huge favor to their cause. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/4 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Audiences seem to be smart enough these days to know a good movie when they see it, and to avoid a bad flick despite Hollywood's best efforts to pull a fast one on them. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017