Matthew St. Clair

Matthew St. Clair
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Matthew is a freelance film critic whose specialties include all things horror, queer, and Oscar season. He's also an active voting member of the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) A manifold crowdpleaser from multi-hyphenate talent Radha Blank. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
73% Catfight (2017) Catfight is a satire that contains a biting wit that hits from the minute the movie begins. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B 69% The Sleepwalkers (Los Sonámbulos) (2019) It's a somewhat chaotic look at the struggles of adolescence. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Thank goodness for the idiosyncratic visions of director Taika Waititi who does a complete 180 on the first two films by making Thor: Ragnarok into a superhero comedy. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
32% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) It's far from a well-wrapped present but it's not exactly coal in someone's stocking. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) An ambiguous masterpiece. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
99% Lady Bird (2017) With Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig manages to take the old coming-of-age genre and make it feel refreshing with its authenticity and heart. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A sharp and powerful character study. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
97% Coco (2017) A profound film going experience that is fun for the whole family as well. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
95% Desert Hearts (1986) I never wanted Desert Hearts to end. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
92% The Shape of Water (2017) From the very first frame to the last, The Shape Of Water is a captivating and emotional experience. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
25% Proud Mary (2018) It seemed like it would be an exciting John Wick-style vehicle for Taraji P. Henson but it ended up being a complete misfire that does a disservice to her talents. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's one of those films that doesn't answer every question that audience members have upon first glance. But it'll probably have us studying and analyzing it for years to come because it is spectacular. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
21% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Unfortunately, the hype surrounding the super secretive and constantly delayed film turned out to be more interesting than the actual film itself. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
96% Black Panther (2018) Brilliantly brought to life by the production design by Hannah Beachler and the costume design by Ruth E. Carter. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
88% Annihilation (2018) A sci-fi gem that is destined to become a modern-day classic. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) In spite of its length and muddled storyline, A Wrinkle in Time is still worth recommending for its visuals and for its leading performances. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
47% Allure (2018) Despite Allure not living up to its title, it still features exemplary performances by its leading actresses and colorful cinematography that elevate the mishandled screenplay. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
91% Love, Simon (2018) The story of a teen figuring out his sexuality may provide familiarity but director Greg Berlanti and screenwriters Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger do attempt to create something unique out of it by subverting cliches within the "teen movie" genre. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
95% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is a worthy entry in the Western genre effortlessly anchored by its two charismatic leading actresses. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
96% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place seems destined to become a modern day horror classic. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
72% Ready Player One (2018) While Ready Player One is an entertaining thrill ride, its storytelling still feels rather empty. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
88% Cargo (2018) Yolanda Ramke, who wrote and co-directed the film with Ben Howling, has crafted a story... packed with both horror and heart. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
57% Dry Martina (2018) Dry Martina features splendid performances by its acting trio and is mainly worth a watch just for them. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The story may be simplistic but director/co-writer Desiree Akhavan still manages to make it mesmerizing by finding a balance of drama and surprising humor. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
84% Disobedience (2018) A portrait of forbidden love that is transfixing and anchored by three flawless leading performances. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
86% All About Nina (2018) [Mary Elizabeth Winstead] is an absolute tour-de-force as a sharply hilarious comedienne desperate to make her life stable. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
60% Maine (2018) Maine does offer a beautiful look at the New England wilderness that makes up for a lack of great storytelling. But it still feels rather empty. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
57% Duck Butter (2018) Both Costa and Shawkat have intoxicating chemistry that makes the film worth watching. However... even though the story is intentionally simplistic, it still doesn't have much payoff by the end. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
40% Untogether (2019) Even if Untogether doesn't always come together, it still possesses hints of greatness. It's a solid directing debut from Emma Forrest and I'm curious to see what potential projects she does going forward. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Despite the efforts of its leading lady, even she can't save On Chesil Beach from drowning. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
88% American Animals (2018) It's incredibly well-acted and features insightful storytelling. This is one that shouldn't be missed. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
82% The Workers Cup (2018) Neither sentimental nor filled with heavy dramatic stakes, The Workers Cup is a straightforward demonstration of why people decide to play sports. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
89% Hereditary (2018) It shouldn't be a huge surprise to see Toni Collette give a great performance. However, the things she does here are unlike anything else that she's ever done in her career. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It may not be perfect but it's still a fun moviegoing experience featuring terrific, witty performances from its A-list cast. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
50% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries may not exactly cross any new ones. Yet, it still works as a piece of heartfelt escapism thanks to its simplistic storyline. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) As you can tell, the lack of Denis Villeneuve and Emily Blunt aren't the only reasons as to why you should steer clear. It's nonsensical, tone deaf, and in general, just a miserable film-watching experience. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The kind of film the summer movie season is made for. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
85% Path of Blood (2018) It does use the rare documentary technique of only letting footage demonstrate the subject at hand and it features a terrific musical score. At the same time, it's had to say "Run out and see it!" because it won't be for everyone. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Thank you, Bo Burnham, for crafting this marvelous gem that speaks to both teenagers and the teenagers inside the rest of us. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
No Score Yet 1/1 (2018) Aside from its narrative flaws, 1/1 still manages to thrive thanks to its quietly commanding, leading performance by Lindsey Shaw. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Bizarre, razor sharp, and uncomfortably hilarious all at once, Sorry to Bother You is an unforgettable film watching experience. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) To all moviegoers out there, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go out and see Mission Impossible - Fallout as soon as possible and on the biggest screen. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Even though Nico might not be familiar to modern audiences, the film Nico, 1988 makes a strong case as to why more people should know her story. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
No Score Yet Brotherly Love (2018) The film's heart may be in the right place and it isn't necessarily an unholy mess. But a visit to church would probably still be more fulfilling. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Even if this film isn't perfect or anything groundbreaking, I'd still gladly watch a sequel should one get made. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Haunting, humorous, and thought provoking in equal measure. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A successful culture clash rom-com carried by a three-dimensional star turn from Constance Wu. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
86% The Wife (2018) The film may be a strong acting showcase for Glenn Close but Jane Anderson's script brilliantly captures the gender politics of Joan's younger years. - Cinema Sentries EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
A- 80% Eternal Beauty (2019) In the end... it's mainly the Sally Hawkins show and she encapsulates the bittersweet nature that Eternal Beauty possesses. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020