The Filtered Lens

The Filtered Lens is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matthew Dougherty
Rating Title/Year Author
B- Wild Rose (2018) Matthew Dougherty There's an energy to this relatively new performer that deserves and commands our attention. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Dougherty In terms of sheer plot construction and emotional precision, it's definitely the weakest of the series. But there's a newfound ambition here that cleverly and satisfying rewrites the core of the franchise into something that's really life-affirming. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
B+ The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Matthew Dougherty The Last Black Man in San Francisco isn't one of those indies that feels like its story could have been told across other forms of art. Talbot makes effective use of film by giving it a cinematic quality too few filmmakers dare to today. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
B- Late Night (2019) Matthew Dougherty This film is designed to be easy to consume, which is likely why the script can feel overwrought. But then the players save it. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
C- Dark Phoenix (2019) Matthew Dougherty Not that the film had to have the same quippiness of the Avengers flicks, but good lord can this film be a downer with all its musings on rage and internal conflict. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B Rocketman (2019) Matthew Dougherty Rocketman is, all in all, a well-made film, one that honors the fabulous man it's about at the very least from afar. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
D Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matthew Dougherty It is a film so soul-crushingly dismissive of its entertainment value that it makes the thought of sitting in a theater anytime soon after sound like a chore. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Matthew Dougherty It's apparent from minute one of Booksmart that stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are going to deliver something honest and special. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B The Souvenir (2019) Matthew Dougherty What Hogg is trying to communicate here is how this difficult relationship sucks up so much of Julie's life, but it ends up sucking up enough of the film that it's overall point gets muddled. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B+ John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Dougherty It's madly entertaining, and yet, the series still feels just a little bit afraid to indulge itself. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
B Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...there's a sense that Detective Pikachu knows exactly how to be a Pokemon movie, but not really anything else. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
C- () Matthew Dougherty It's just really hard to tell who wanted to make this film and for whom. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
C- Long Shot (2019) Matthew Dougherty This film is more interested in pleasing its audience with rom-com cliches than investigating any of its characters' lofty ambitions. And that's where it falls apart as a work that's trying to do, well, anything with its premise. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
B+ Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...for that first hour, Endgame is maybe the most radical superhero film since Logan... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
B- Under the Silver Lake (2018) Matthew Dougherty Few writer/directors can make a social satire work for more than 90 minutes, and Under the Silver Lake shows that Mitchell is not among them. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
B- Little Woods (2018) Matthew Dougherty Little Woods is a mixed bag of contemporary indie tropes amplified by how relevant its themes are right now. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
B Her Smell (2018) Matthew Dougherty Alex Ross Perry's latest is far from perfect, but what Elisabeth Moss delivers is nothing short of transcendent. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
B Missing Link (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...there's a genuine sense of wonder throughout Missing Link that's often missing from its genre's live-action counterparts. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
B- Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Matthew Dougherty Bi Gan shoots for the moon with Long Day's Journey Into Night, but he only has a grasp on the visual side of filmmaking. But what a grasp! EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
B High Life (2018) Matthew Dougherty High Life is an endlessly confident work done in the director's signature style, to the point where it feels slightly alienating. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
C+ Diane (2018) Matthew Dougherty Aside from a few smart artistic flourishes, Jones delivers his story in a cookie-cutter indie style that's been done far better and far more interestingly before. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
B- The Beach Bum (2019) Matthew Dougherty People die. Crimes are committed. And yet, everything here just seems alright, alright, alright. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
B+ Shazam! (2019) Matthew Dougherty But the origin story of Billy Batson is earnest and actually builds in time for the story and the characters to breathe. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
A- Us (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...it's the moments where the characters are faced with the unpredictability of an alternate version of themselves in long, tense takes that pushes the film's horror value to another level. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) Matthew Dougherty Schoenaerts is terrific throughout, powerfully breaking his rough exterior at the precise moments he needs to in order to realize his director's vision. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ Gloria Bell (2018) Matthew Dougherty Julianne Moore is a national treasure. We all knew that before Gloria Bell, but this film merely wants to celebrate this universal truth as loudly as it can while still maintaining its artful, indie spirit. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
C+ Captain Marvel (2019) Matthew Dougherty It doesn't help that Captain Marvel adopts a whole slew of the MCU's other problems, from an underdeveloped villain to an avalanche lifeless CGI action. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...all the ingredients are there to make a solid How to Train Your Dragon movie. But throughout it still feels like the writers are missing their last chance to make a great one. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
C+ Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Matthew Dougherty Alita goes through a simple story of embracing one's destiny, but her victory here feels small compared to the one the film really wants to whet our appetites for. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...Fighting with My Family is an undeniably enjoyable experience. Its tone is light and frothy, with this unconventional family adding enough spice to the story's formulaic beats. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
C+ Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...there's almost no down time in Happy Death Day 2U, aside from a few third act scenes that play like daytime television. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
D The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Matthew Dougherty In the end, it becomes obvious that The Lego Movie 2 just never really knew what it wanted to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
C What Men Want (2019) Matthew Dougherty The most frustrating aspect of What Men Want, and there are many, is how tepid it is toward its own premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
B- Glass (2019) Matthew Dougherty Some ideas could have used another scene or two for a more resonant exploration, while others should have been dropped altogether. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
B+ Stan & Ollie (2018) Matthew Dougherty Stan & Ollie is hardly the most original film of the year, but it does carry a powerful message about nostalgia-one that Hollywood executives need to hear today. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2018
C+ On the Basis of Sex (2018) Matthew Dougherty There's a rosiness here that feels akin to recent socio-political celebrations on film, such as The Post and Hidden Figures, but then this film doesn't always find a way to ground itself amidst its good feels. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
B Destroyer (2018) Matthew Dougherty Destroyer is one-part crime thriller and one-part revenge action flick, with both coming together within Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi's strong script and through Kidman's hard-as-nails performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
C+ Vice (2018) Matthew Dougherty Vice is trying to be so many things at once that it doesn't really end up being anything more than an unfocused political rant. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
C+ Bumblebee (2018) Matthew Dougherty The special effects surrounding these robots' radical changes isn't as wow-inducing as it was 11 years ago, but at least Bumblebee tries to tell a story while it employs them. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2018
B Aquaman (2018) Matthew Dougherty ...it's a more memorable movie than most of the lesser Marvel films, and thus, DC takes another step toward righting the ship. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
B Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Matthew Dougherty Mary Poppins Returns may be the most joyful cash cow churned out this year, but its leading lady is clearly focused on the joy more than the cash. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matthew Dougherty It's a simple story made super strange, but all these different Spider-folks play into one idea: that Spider-Man isn't amazing because Peter Parker is amazing, he's that way because he's as ordinary a guy as they come. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
A- Vox Lux (2018) Matthew Dougherty Brady Corbet's numbingly difficult, ambitious, challenging Vox Lux lives at the intersection of today's dark reality and the need for escapism. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
C- Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Matthew Dougherty Some fun moments aside, as a whole, Anna and the Apocalypse just feels like one big missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2018
B+ Manbiki kazoku (2018) Matthew Dougherty Kore-eda's script is laced with small moments of affection to build a story so utterly grounded by love that the novelty of the crimes they commit feels secondary. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
B Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Matthew Dougherty By no means a classic, or capable of making much of a stir on the actual Internet, this animated sequel is coded to entertain, and that it does. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
B+ Green Book (2018) Matthew Dougherty ...the actors go all in on their roles, injecting subtlety into their respective larger-than-life personalities, Ali especially. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
B Widows (2018) Matthew Dougherty So for as rewardingly complex as the plot is, weaving in a great number of issues making headlines today, the film as a whole just never really comes together. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2018
C Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Matthew Dougherty The Crimes of Grindelwald is hardly the first Harry Potter movie to suffer from rushing past plot points, but it is the first to seem bored with its own characters in the process. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
B+ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Matthew Dougherty The results overall feel like riding a rickety wooden rollercoaster, where one wrong bump could send the whole thing crashing down, but put your arms up anyway and enjoy the ride EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018