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The Standard is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matt Neal
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matt Neal Along with Chapter One, this is a finely crafted horror duology that will stand the test of time among the better Stephen King adaptations. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Matt Neal Does what it does reasonably well (but) it feels like dozens of other spy films and as a result is unlikely to linger long in the memory. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Matt Neal Saving Mr Banks is perfectly gauged to suit its subject matter - the light touch of Disney and the toughness of Travers, the slickness of Hollywood and the roughness of the Aussie outback. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2014
3/5 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Matt Neal Stiller has aimed high, and even if he hasn't made it to the top, the view is still pretty good from where he ended up. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 Frozen (2013) Matt Neal This is definitely one for the whole family to chill out with on a hot Aussie summer's day. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2014
4/5 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Matt Neal [Jackson] deftly nagivates a path between the dark perils of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world and the necessary jokey lighter moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2013
3/5 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Matt Neal It's perhaps easiest to simply say this - if you love Anchorman, you'll love Anchorman 2. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Matt Neal If you think the food metaphors and similes I've whipped up in this review became increasingly tiresome and childish, then that perhaps is the best analogy of all for describing Cloudy 2. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 American Hustle (2013) Matt Neal AS with previous films The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell can expect to bother the prize-givers this award season with American Hustle. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 One Chance (2013) Matt Neal The film will appeal to those who love such British underdog stories as The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Billy Elliot. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2013
4/5 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Matt Neal Catching Fire picks up all the potential of its predecessor and runs it in for a triumphant touchdown. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/5 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Matt Neal There is something really unsettling and weird about this, and I'm not talking about when the kid does a hilariously wrong striptease to Warrant's Cherry Pie at a beauty pageant. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2013
1/5 The Counselor (2013) Matt Neal A film about a bunch of people you don't like doing things you don't understand for reasons you don't care about. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/5 Captain Phillips (2013) Matt Neal An edge-of-your-seat cat-and-mouse game for much of its running time. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 Prisoners (2013) Matt Neal Prisoners is haunting and will stick with you ... this is one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 2 Guns (2013) Matt Neal Kormákur lets the solid story, some neat surprises and its A-list stars do the work. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 Rush (2013) Matt Neal Rush has set the bar remarkably high for any filmmaker who dares to attempt a movie about formula one in the future. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/5 Runner Runner (2013) Matt Neal The film moves quickly initially, mostly to blow past the fact that its premise is hard to swallow, but it settles into an attractive pace as the tension rises. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/5 One Direction: This Is Us (2013) Matt Neal This Is Us is like a balloon - it's shiny and kinda fun for about 10 minutes, but ultimately it's full of nothing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 The Smurfs 2 (2013) Matt Neal IT'S a rarity, but it's nice when a sequel learns from the mistakes of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2013
3/5 White House Down (2013) Matt Neal Mr Die Hard Goes To Washington ... will certainly be on my "guilty pleasures of the year" list. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 Elysium (2013) Matt Neal Blomkamp aims higher and thinks bigger with Elysium, keeping the smarts and heart of District 9, while ramping up the action. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 Now You See Me (2013) Matt Neal Like a real magic show, Now You See Me is thoroughly entertaining for the most part, but is ultimately silly and substanceless. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 The World's End (2013) Matt Neal The Cornetto Trilogy deserves to be studied in schools for many reasons, and The World's End doesn't let the team down. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/5 This Is the End (2013) Matt Neal One of the funniest films of the year so far. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 The Lone Ranger (2013) Matt Neal If you can embrace the easy-going spectacle of it all and its general respect for the Lone Ranger legacy, you'll probably enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2013
4/5 Despicable Me 2 (2013) Matt Neal It's perfectly timed pratfalls will have the parents laughing just as much as the kids. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2/5 After Earth (2013) Matt Neal At least it's a step-up on The Happening and The Last Airbender. Compared to those, After Earth looks like Citizen Kane. But that's not saying much. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/5 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Matt Neal Another similarity it shares with Van Helsing is that it's not very good. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) Matt Neal Like Gatsby himself, it comes so close to achieving its dream, only to fall agonisingly and frustratingly short. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 The Hangover Part III (2013) Matt Neal The film was never going to recapture the magic of the first, but at least it's an improvement on the second. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2013
4/5 The Company You Keep (2012) Matt Neal Welcome back, Mr Redford. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Matt Neal In its quieter moments, between the frustrating amount of lens flares and deliberate CG camera wobbles, there is a graceful intelligence to the film. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2013
3/5 Reverse Runner (2012) Matt Neal Unsurprisingly amateurish, which lends it a certain charm, but also impressive in many ways. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2013
1/5 Alex Cross (2012) Matt Neal Where to start with all the things wrong with this film? EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2013
3/5 Oblivion (2013) Matt Neal Mildly enjoyable, Cruise is good, and it's too middle-of-the-road to really dislike. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2/5 Identity Thief (2013) Matt Neal When the plot feels like you've seen it three times before, and done better on each of those occasions, the movie better have something else going for it. Identity Thief doesn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2013
3/5 The Croods (2013) Matt Neal You won't learn anything about life 100,000 years ago, but you may enjoy yourself. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2013
2/5 A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Matt Neal It would be a shame if this is John McClane's final bow, but on the strength of this effort, maybe it's time for him to hang up the machine gun. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/5 Dredd (2012) Matt Neal Dredd is like a gun - not everyone likes them and they're only good for one thing, but they do that one thing really, really well. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/5 Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Matt Neal Oz The Great And Powerful is as good as it could be. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 Lincoln (2012) Matt Neal Once you settle in, this is an educational and enlightening epic. Yes, it can be ponderous, but for the most part, Lincoln is entertaining. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/5 Frankenweenie (2012) Matt Neal The real audience here is Burton fans (add an extra star to this review if you're a Burton fan). EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2013
4/5 The Impossible (2012) Matt Neal The aim appears to be audience immersion, as if The Impossible really wants to almost drown you along with its stars - albeit in your own tears. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/5 Safe Haven (2013) Matt Neal (The twist) is so incredibly baffling and profoundly stupid that it will make you want to punch the movie in the face. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 Killing Them Softly (2012) Matt Neal There are many cinematic cardinal sins, but the latest film from Aussie director Andrew Dominik commits two of the big ones - Don't Be Boring and Don't Waste A Great Cast. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2013
3/5 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Matt Neal Zero Dark Thirty is interesting as opposed to enjoyable, intriguing as opposed to entertaining, and certainly less memorable than The Hurt Locker. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2013
4/5 Ruby Sparks (2012) Matt Neal It's a refreshing take for a rom-com, and when you add in a healthy dose of humour, it makes for an enjoyable and intelligent treat. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/5 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Matt Neal This is a rom-com dressed up as an Oscar-baiting "dramedy". It's a good rom-com thanks to it's edge... but occasionally has the bad traits of a bad rom-com. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2013
4/5 Django Unchained (2012) Matt Neal The funniest western since Blazing Saddles, the bloodiest since The Wild Bunch and the most visually stylish since The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2013