Matthew Sorrento

Matthew Sorrento
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
10/10 98% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) "The film stands out in its treatment an active female protagonist not immediately supplanting male power, but slowly struggling to assume it." - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
9/10 94% Us (2019) The film is an economic nightmare machine, once it gets going. Serving both worlds of fans, the terrors are eerie and bone-crunching... in the same brisk rhythm as Get Out. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
No Score Yet We Are Thankful (Siyabonga) (2019) There is a quiet power and tremendous dignity on display throughout We Are Thankful. This, along with Siyabonga's ingratiating "performance," is what makes Magor's film is so magical. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
10/10 69% Brain Damage (1988) Traditional readings of the film see it as a commentary on the damning nature of chemical dependency. While the theme's presence is undeniable, the film also depicts the freeing and often empowering nature of stimulants. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
91% Homicide (1991) As Mamet writes, so he directs -- his shots get to the point, usually one we don't forget. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
9/10 74% Trumbo (2015) Roach is wise to highlight Trumbo's wit and bemused lovability while taking the lashes of persecution. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
8/10 77% Elena and Her Men (1957) [R}eminds us of Renoir's complexity in even his "simpler" works. - Senses of Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2015
10/10 No Score Yet Always for Pleasure (1978) With the release of the Always for Pleasure box set, Criterion does a major service to the world of documentary film. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
7/10 70% Zombeavers (2015) A consistently funny spoof. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
10/10 76% Queen and Country (2015) Boorman returns to the classical style of the movies he enjoyed at a young age, again showing his flexibility and commitment to finding a story's ideal tone. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2015
8/10 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Like the mock-doc tone, the vampire parody feels worn out, though the production shows its affection for the tradition and insight about the recent genre. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2015
9/10 100% The Cult of JT LeRoy (2014) The story of JT LeRoy, a wunderkind writer who proved to be a hoax persona fashioned by Laura Albert, capitalized on [America's] need to weep and, simultaneously, encapsulated the trend. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
10/10 95% Nightcrawler (2014) [F]eaturing one who lurks at night to gather crime footage for broadcast, the film parodies the obsession (with taking images) and notes it to be a tragedy of our times. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
10/10 100% Red River (1948) Wayne is an offbeat presence in River. His longish hair and loose gait - the latter usually indicating a relaxed sense of power - now imply a man out of his place, and a kind of restlessness. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2014
10/10 97% Boyhood (2014) Linklater uses life itself to his advantage by finding a clever way to capture its scope. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/10 83% The Double (2014) An oddity, for sure: with established performers in a neophyte work, it's odd for all the wrong reasons. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
8/10 63% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) Beginning as a rather conventional documentary ... [the film] soon finds a matter-of-fact style that nicely reflects its subject. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2014
9/10 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) Mifune shines and invigorates what remains secondary Kurosawa (less rewarding than Throne), but a solid primal adventure in its own right. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
10/10 98% Throne of Blood (1957) Kurosawa grounds this downward spiral through the presence of Toshiro Mifune, who personalizes the Macbeth role while making it greater than his historical moment. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2014
10/10 No Score Yet The Hatchet Man (1932) A variation of the hitman role to serve the studio's taste for gangsters ... Robinson sticks to his own persona and thus embraces realism over caricature. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
10/10 No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) (Robinson's Dr. Ehrlich) accumulates knowledge much like an investigator, for him an oppositional role he'd later take for Wilder in Double Indemnity. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2014
9/10 94% All Is Lost (2013) (Redford) is quite effective in the film's slower moments, while thoroughly rattled when reacting to the elements. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
10/10 93% La Bête Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast) (1938) Renoir returns to the réelle du train with little comfort for his 'human beast.' - Senses of Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
10/10 91% Seconds (1966) [C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/10 64% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) (Spurlock) has occupied both sides of manufacturing, first as the engine of expose, and now as a wide-eyed, willing participant. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2013
10/10 93% Island of Lost Souls (1933) The film precedes the articulated mind and language of Boris Karloff's creature in Bride of Frankenstein; the beasts' killing of their mad creator also anticipates the monster's destruction of Dr. Pretorius. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
8/10 93% Things to Come (1936) As troublesome as Wells' philosophy may be, especially his faith in technocracy, Things certainly helped urge the medium into a new era - another Nation's Birth of artistry, and ignorance. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
10/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) In recent interviews, Woody admits that he continues making films out of guilt ... Let's rejoice that his guilt results in such palpable emotions for us all. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
10/10 100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) Cut out as a comic relief, [Margaret O'Brien's] Tootie becomes an integral aspect of the film's psychology, as the repressed middle-class anger rearing, if innocently. (PopMatters Essential Film Performances 2013: Musical/Comedy) - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013
6/10 72% Pacific Rim (2013) del Toro playing it safe but with ease. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2013
9/10 87% Hannah Arendt (2013) Arendt is so measured and elegant that the filmmaking seems effortless. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2013
7/10 100% Rewind This! (2013) Like any pop cultural tradition, the videotape has its diehards, who are the diverting guests in Josh Johnson's new documentary. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2013
2/10 56% Man of Steel (2013) Mantra 2: Zack Snyder should take his title too literally and pack his film with imagery of steel - Krypton could be called Planet Metallica. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2013
8/10 92% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) Offers us a peek into a fervent force of creativity - as with many great artists, it's one of which we have limited understanding though all the more appreciation. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2013
8/10 67% The Iceman (2013) [Shannon] almost convinces us that the Iceman's humanity was real. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
9/10 91% Ministry of Fear (1944) Adept at using cinema for art and entertainment since his early career, Lang treats this Graham Greene "entertainment" in modest, yet effective fashion. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2013
8/10 80% 42 (2013) [Writer-director Brian] Helgeland shapes Jackie into a tested and proven American archetype: the strong, silent type. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2013
10/10 100% Laura (1944) Preminger deals in facades, with how perception cheats us, right down to the ideal image of Laura as a portrait. (Cinémathèque Annotations on Film) - Senses of Cinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
7.5/10 32% Gangster Squad (2013) Viewers complaining about the cartoonish portrayal and wanting Curtis Hanson's Oscar winner again need to consider the source, and remember that - Paul Muni, anyone? - the former rules. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2013
2/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Like Babel stretched through time, though its character connections are merely assumed. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 86% Eating Raoul (1982) Nicely lays out capitalism on the chopping block. In an obsessively consumptive culture like America's, the only way for a common couple to strive is through killing, then consuming. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2012
5/10 73% The Game (1997) [N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/5 57% Red Hook Summer (2012) Seems to be little but demands much more. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2012
5/10 68% Ted (2012) A lot of comic effort is smothered in conventional wrapping. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
10/10 79% Killer Joe (2012) A family (dis)member(ed) ... with a wink from an eye more bloodshot than smirking. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2012
10/10 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (Stewart's character) finishes the film an enigma, possibly the good go-getter of Capra but too much of a shadow. - Film International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2012
3.5/5 67% God Bless America (2012) Sometimes the truth isn't so fresh, but it's all we have. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2012
9/10 100% World on a Wire (2011) Fassbinder could take on any style and make it his own. - IdentityTheory EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2012
2.5/5 50% Good for Nothing (2012) In a film working off tradition, Good for Nothing moves to uncertain genre territory. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2012
7/10 100% Tokyo Drifter (1966) A style that works only with a sure hand. - IdentityTheory EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2012