Ars Technica

Ars Technica is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Annalee Newitz, Jennifer Ouellette, Nathan Mattise
Rating Title/Year Author
Iké Boys (2021) Nathan Mattise The performances carry the film's slower moments, particularly Gandhi as Vik since that character has a little more internal conflict to navigate than his pal Shawn. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2021
9/10 Candyman (2021) Jennifer Ouellette A compelling story that explores how urban legends rise out of traumatic injustices; how those traumas continue to haunt communities over generations; and how the victims of those injustices can be turned into monsters by the stories we choose to tell. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2021
3.5/4 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Jennifer Ouellette The first act is a bit clumsy and it's pretty predictable, but ultimately the movie is a fun, wild ride with three terrific, charismatic leads carrying it through the rough spots. After all, one person's tired cliché is another's time-honored trope. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
4 Werewolves Within (2021) Jennifer Ouellette This warmly satirical horror comedy is a worthy successor to An American Werewolf in London. The talented cast members all possess the skills and onscreen ensemble chemistry to make the script really come alive. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
4 Old (2021) Jennifer Ouellette M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller successfully evokes an existential sense of dread and ultimate acceptance of human mortality. But it's marred by a jarring final twist that feels so forced, it almost belongs in an entirely different movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
4.5 The Green Knight (2021) Jennifer Ouellette David Lowery has created a darkly brooding, atmospheric fantasy quest that is as richly textured and layered as the 14th century medieval poem on which it is based. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
4.5 The Suicide Squad (2021) Jennifer Ouellette This tenth installment in the DCEU is a fast-paced, blood-soaked, wildly irreverent escapade that skillfully balances gore and goofiness, with equal amounts of irreverence and sincerity. Think The Boys pumped up on a steroids. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2021
Stuber (2019) Nathan Mattise Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comedic ride(share)-it's a major-studio original comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2021
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Nathan Mattise Perfectly enjoyable... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
The Social Network (2010) Nathan Mattise A perfectly poignant and cautionary tale about how the biggest influencers in tech began and continue to operate today. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Roma (2018) Nathan Mattise Roma represents a major shift in the movie world. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Skyfall (2012) Nathan Mattise The film blended those new impulses with the franchise's old flourishes so well... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
John Wick (2014) Nathan Mattise The original John Wick showed beloved icon Keanu Reeves still had plenty of action in him post-Matrix. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Her (2013) Nathan Mattise Maybe love can take many forms. And maybe tech can ultimately just be a tool when put into perspective; maybe it can help us positively evolve as humans. Exploring our still-in-progress relationship with it at least makes for one helluva film... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Snowpiercer (2013) Nathan Mattise It's just as interested in examining topics like climate change, class, and cultural disparity as it is in revealing just how the film's core team navigates a never-stopping hell train to take on the bad guys. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Get Out (2017) Nathan Mattise A film from a highly influential new filmmaker that makes audiences think deeply about life, but it does so through a uniquely conscious horror lens. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Nathan Mattise Taking a familiar yarn and telling it in a way that has you on the edge of your seat? That's storytelling modern George Lucas would die for. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Nathan Mattise A new hope (for Star Wars faithful). EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Drive (2011) Nathan Mattise Nicolas Winding Refn had an extremely distinct vision and saw something different in rom-com heartthrob Ryan Gosling. And when those two things collided, damn, was it cool. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Coco (2017) Nathan Mattise It's just about a perfect combination of heart and authenticity (to a culture and place) in a story that delivers laughs, gasps, and sniffles in ample amounts. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Nathan Mattise The film offers extremely satisfying set pieces and action, plus ultimately some reveals that change how we previously understood our main character. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Wonder Woman (2017) Nathan Mattise It showed a female-led comic book conquest was worth doing, especially when it leveraged well-executed period-piece elements with delightful sidekick chemistry...it proved everything didn't have to be dark and brooding in order to reach an audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Logan (2017) Nathan Mattise Logan took a hero long familiar to film-goers and turned the tropes of a superhero film into a Western that comments on universal themes like aging and the human condition in the process. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Black Panther (2018) Nathan Mattise [It] showed not only was there audience appetite for a big-budget black superhero flick, but there was appetite for one that grappled with modern societal challenges like isolationism, oppression, and technological disparity. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nathan Mattise The true superteam event releases marked something slightly different and spectacular...End Game over the original Guardians by a hair... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Nathan Mattise The 2010s will undeniably go down as the decade of superheroes... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
First Man (2018) Nathan Mattise It turns out a great space movie does not have to involve intergalactic war...we all underrated First Man, folks... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Hidden Figures (2016) Nathan Mattise Hidden Figures puts the familiar period-piece lens on an overlooked part of space history without glossing over the ugly bits while still feeling hopeful for what science and technology can achieve when the best and brightest can participate EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Gravity (2013) Nathan Mattise If you want utter spectacle in the most realistic way possible, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity may have been the in-theater experience of the decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
The Martian (2015) Nathan Mattise The Martian somehow made the intricacies of growing crops in space exciting, continuing the trend of excellent science fiction that leaned heavily into the science. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Arrival (2016) Nathan Mattise Arrival just might be the overall best movie of the decade with the way it cleverly examines what we believe while simultaneously delivering a tense, gripping sci-fi story. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Kin (2018) Nathan Mattise The film simply delivers a gripping, focused story that skillfully intertwines styles while somehow competently sticking the landing EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Border (2018) Nathan Mattise The mysteries of Border reveal themselves slowly from here, but each one ratchets up the film's stakes in a delightful manner. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Suspiria (2018) Nathan Mattise This new Suspiria remake will simply dazzle anyone who appreciates a good big-screen experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Prospect (2018) Nathan Mattise Prospect succeeds by nodding to all that came before, blazing a different trail. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Lajkó - Gypsy in Space (2018) Nathan Mattise Laika should earn late-night curiosity status within that overall pop-culture ecosystem... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Never-ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) Nathan Mattise Hayao Miyazaki: Never-Ending Man is a loving, behind-the-scenes tribute for long-time fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Nathan Mattise I find myself singing Anna and the Apocalypse's praises above all others. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Nathan Mattise Three Identical Strangers is best experienced blind, but be sure to have a few colleagues (or commenters) to discuss it with soon after. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Stuffed (2019) Nathan Mattise This industry documentary excels at using expectations and subverting 'em. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
High Life (2018) Nathan Mattise With each thread you find yourself trying to unravel, Denis stays just on the opaque end of decipherable...for sci-fi diehards that read about a big movie star in a new space movie, it's definitely something other than what you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Nathan Mattise The Director and The Jedi is long on time but has enough sentiment to satisfy. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Nathan Mattise It just didn't make a version that merits attention as viewers navigate a signal-and-noise reality Bradbury himself would have likely deemed fiction... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
More Human Than Human (2018) Nathan Mattise ...a film like More Human Than Human can nudge such moments on-demand, making it worth a stream or a ticket at some point down the line. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) Nathan Mattise Who Is Arthur Chu? uses reality to grapple with many of our favorite cinematic questions... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Nathan Mattise The general lack of stakes makes it seem like Lucasfilm made Solo to serve two typically opposite forces: diehards who want confirmation of every detail within an expanded universe, and Disney executives that like boatloads of money to come... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
General Magic (2017) Nathan Mattise The film does well to show that the talent assembled at General Magic seems truly staggering in retrospect. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Spettacolo (2017) Nathan Mattise Spettacolo hit home. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Top Knot Detective (2017) Nathan Mattise Top Knot Detective, the "show"-delightfully derivative. | TKD, the film-wildly original. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
Chasing the Blues (2017) Nathan Mattise The story bounces around time periods while crime and death occur. But Chasing the Blues keeps its audience smirking throughout... EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021