Matthew Sorrento

Matthew Sorrento

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Matthew Sorrento's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 55%

In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)

"In spite of its purported intent -- to vividly portray criminal warfare -- [Jolie's] new film bleeds with the delight of capturing violence for its own sake. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3/5 97%

The Artist (2011)

"In the more eye-pleasing The Artist, the plot eventually comes too close to its inspiration, though its early moments were headed for mastery - and transformation - of style." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Dec 23, 2011
4/10 68%

Black Death (2011)

"A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen. " ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Dec 18, 2011
10/10 94%

Win Win (2011)

"In Tom McCarthy's Win Win sports may seem to be the means for drama. But when considering the importance of wrestling to the characters, the sport shapes character and narrative." ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 11, 2011
6/10 67%

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)

"Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship." ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Dec 3, 2011
4/5 80%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Skin satisfies even next to [Almodóvar's] masterpieces ... In the latter films he uses sensationalism to arrive at meditations on passion and humanity's search for it. Yet, his films that approach the territory are always a delight." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 20, 2011
5/10 40%

The Great Outdoors (1988)

"At the onset it seems that Candy, as in Uncle, plays the lower class half. Yet, by [Outdoors'] end we learn that the in-law is actually broke, essentially Cousin Eddie in disguise." ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Nov 7, 2011
8/10 68%

The Bad Seed (1956)

"The 'secret' villain is the missing father - or we should say, the mother for trying to child-rear by herself ... The bad seed is dead - but single parents, be warned." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 31, 2011
9/10 85%

Cul-de-Sac (1966)

"Polanski tributes the [gangster-invasion film] by adding his own conceit: when there's no community worth salvaging, a threat will leave all involved floating, sans shoreline." ‐ Film International
Posted Oct 27, 2011
3.5/5 59%

Real Steel (2011)

" The film serves a broad audience without exploiting the classic boxing tradition. "Mind over matter" may be age-old, but this one delivers it in a fun package." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Oct 7, 2011
4/10 50%

Black Moon (1975)

"Fans for such a film need insight more than sundry freakout moments. " ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Sep 27, 2011
2.5/5 73%

Bellflower (2011)

" The film wanders through the purgatory of romance and action. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Sep 13, 2011
6/10 73%

Le nom des gens (The Names of Love) (2011)

"An extreme scenario, yes, but really just a new French take on the time-old screwball comedy motif: straight guy meets crazy gal." ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Aug 21, 2011
3/5 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

" Rise wears Planet's mask to use 2001′s conceit. In this sense, Franco-stein begets a monster worthy of our consideration and viewing pleasure." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 5, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet

Finisterrae (2010)

" With absurdism relying on comical irony, the film has its share of legit jokes, though we soon expect far more than the film can deliver." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 25, 2011
7.5/10 79%

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

"Carr's tongue-lashing of [Vice] is a treat, showing that the grand ol' institution can swipe away the scurrying little Tweeters. " ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Jul 6, 2011
7/10 90%

The Fighter (2010)

"Russell delivers what we least expect from him: a pro-family film. " ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Jun 13, 2011
8/10 96%

True Grit (2010)

"The title refers to the trait Mattie needs in her avenger, though the film sympathizes with the criminal outcasts. " ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted Jun 13, 2011
9/10 77%

The Robber (2011)

"Johann operates with rules of the onscreen gangster ... [Yet he] is a noir protagonist, trapped and doomed by his past." ‐ Film International
Posted Jun 2, 2011
4/5 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"{A} triumphant performance that promises much range from what seemed a one-burner hot plate of an actor." ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 27, 2011
4/10 60%

Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011)

"[F]ans of fashion will delight over the subject, especially those who love the gay-outsider-who-makes-it theme. In The Devil Wears Prada, it took Stanley Tucci one scene to nail it, while this film's still searching at 103 minutes." ‐ IdentityTheory
Posted May 27, 2011
4/5 33%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"We don't know what's more bizarre: Phillips' sensibility, or how he avoided an NC-17. We profit (mostly) unscathed." ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 25, 2011
9/10 85%

Circumstance (2011)

""Nothing is Private" would also suit Maryam Keshavarz's feature debut, though she chose "Circumstance" [to] reflect the factors surrounding her two young female leads in Iran." ‐ Film International
Posted May 19, 2011
4/5 82%

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

"(A) portrayal of an immortal spirit thriving in a unique vision." ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 18, 2011
2.5/5 43%

Cracks (2011)

" Along with Fiamma's shift, we can't buy a miscast Eva Green, whose teacher begins the film faultless and finishes looking like The Turn of the Screw's governess." ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 16, 2011
9/10 86%

Meek's Cutoff (2011)

"Of Time and Place: An Interview with John Raymond on Meek's Cutoff" ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted May 8, 2011
4.5/5 66%

Insidious (2011)

" It's a case of tribute working to the top of its game. It's horror film trickery that immerses us, once again. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted May 1, 2011
3.5/5 96%

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

" The 3-D format helps to capture the holy sensations one must feel when entering such a place. Though after the camera looks through much of the caverns, the format loses its effect..." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 29, 2011
3.5/5 74%

The Human Resources Manager (2011)

"[A] well-made piece we must admire, even if it doesn't grab us by the heart." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 18, 2011
3/5 72%

Exporting Raymond (2011)

" Exporting delivers humor and emotion to a broader audience. When trying to take the lead in another culture, we're all fish out of water. (2011 Philadelphia Cinefest)" ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 15, 2011
3.5/5 33%

The Ward (2011)

" Fans of 70s cinema, and the director's work through the 1980s, will delight in his resistance to frenetic trickery and his reliance on clear composition and editing to draw suspense and dread. (Philadelphia Cinefest Danger After Dark)" ‐ Film Threat
Posted Apr 10, 2011
5/5 91%

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

"Bastard Son of a Prodigal Son: Interview on The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead" ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 29, 2011
5/5 98%

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

" It all begins with the title. The irony aside, its lightness and alliteration suggest the last breaths of one of the film's victims." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 7, 2011
3/5 87%

Rango (2011)

"A film so committed (and respectful) to the western flubs by basing itself on another style." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Mar 7, 2011
1.5/5 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

" Perhaps it's best that Caruso kept his hero locked down in high school. This film has the imaginative power of concrete walls and rows of lockers." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 18, 2011
4/5 86%

Strange Illusion (1945)

"Though saddled with the script's fetish for Freud, Ulmer stylizes his thriller without sending it adrift. Like his other great films, Strange Illusion is a shaggy quickie that takes fine shape throughout." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2/5 9%

Season of the Witch (2011)

"We need a serious suspension of disbelief to accept these two aging actors as faultless warriors in tip-top shape." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 7, 2011
3/5 81%

Night Catches Us (2010)

"Writer-director Tanya Hamilton has crafted an intriguing narrative even if she struggles to realize it onscreen." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Jan 7, 2011
8.5/10 89%

Cronos (1994)

"The truly child-bound perspectives of The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth are still to come, though Aurora has flights of del Torian wonder." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Dec 7, 2010
9/10 75%

Modus Operandi (2010)

""Loving the Bad: An Interview with Frankie Latina and Sasha Grey on Modus Operandi"" ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 27, 2010
3.5/5 15%

Skyline (2010)

"Skyline, if not always successful, refashions the modern alien invasion motif as the hopeless siege that it should be. " ‐ Film Threat
Posted Nov 27, 2010
9/10 87%

Kawasakiho ruze (Kawasaki's Rose) (2010)

"Rose cleverly uses its contemporary fictional narrative to depict documentary filmmaking's process of revealing truth." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 24, 2010
6.5/10 No Score Yet

Machine Gun McCain (1970)

"[A] minor, worthy entry [...] Cassavetes, like Gene Hackman, had access to a reserve of energy." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 15, 2010
7/10 32%

For Colored Girls (2010)

"[Perry] pulls off disturbing moments by finding conviction and vulnerability in his performers." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 6, 2010
8.5/10 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"[Network's rise and fall] relates to the classic gangster film narrative ... More directly, [the film] positions itself as a new Citizen Kane, with its protagonist reaching the heights of a communication empire." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Oct 2, 2010
7/10 80%

Catfish (2010)

"The final narrative movement ... lets the early part of the film rest as the weaker premise that it is." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Sep 24, 2010
8/10 32%

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

"The Coens' Loren Visser (M. Emmet Walsh) is cold blooded, but to see the new hitman's method of silent murder will unveil the real noirish heart of darkness." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Sep 16, 2010
2.5/5 No Score Yet

Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

" [T]he cornball synthesizer score and hammy amateur performances will have thirtysomethings recalling fond, bygone viewings." ‐ Film Threat
Posted Aug 17, 2010
6/10 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"Rodney [Dangerfield] may have cracked about "praying after you eat," but this film reflects the need to surfeit before finding balance." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/10 86%

Inception (2010)

"(S)tories should show, not tell, and Nolan keeps telling us that he can't tell this story." ‐ Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Jul 15, 2010