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
A- Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Matthew Dougherty It's as much a character study as it is a depiction of history, and with obvious parallels to our current moment, it actually advances the conversation rather than merely keeping it alive. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
A- Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Matthew Dougherty Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is so ridiculously out there, and the simple truth is that many of these big comedic swings land almost perfectly. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
A Promising Young Woman (2020) Matthew Dougherty Promising Young Woman is a rare breed of cinema-an instant classic and one of the only genuinely unpredictable features of the last few years. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
A- Soul (2020) Matthew Dougherty Soul is sneaky in a way that reminds you never to underestimate Pixar. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matthew Dougherty It's hard not wish it was more fleshed out and nuanced. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
B+ Sylvie's Love (2020) Matthew Dougherty On paper, Sylvie's Love is simple as hell, but with its two romantic leads having such unmovable ambitions, it powers its period setting into a more modern take on love. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
B- Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Matthew Dougherty You'll forget most of what happened in the plot within just a few minutes of the credits rolling, but the cheer it offers is likely to last longer. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
B+ Black Bear (2020) Matthew Dougherty Even with its flaws, Black Bear is an enthralling, visceral experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
A Minari (2020) Matthew Dougherty Minari is the art of filmmaking at its most precise and efficient without forgoing the canvas quality of the frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
B+ Happiest Season (2020) Matthew Dougherty It's refreshing to see a bright and shiny Christmas movie acknowledge that, for some people, family isn't going to be right answer at this time of year. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
B Run (2020) Matthew Dougherty While it doesn't bend the rules or invent any new ones, Run ticks all the boxes it needs to in surprising ways to come out on top. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2020
A- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Matthew Dougherty The sequel doesn't just repeat its predecessor's gimmicks for a new era, it builds off of them to create a new kind of movie magic, one that that catches important bigots and liars in the act, with their pants down. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
B Enola Holmes (2020) Matthew Dougherty ...a smart but messy piece of popular cinema that twists the cliches it hits just enough to skirt by. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
A- Nomadland (2020) Matthew Dougherty ...this astounding work not only cements Zhao as a director to stay excited about, it positions her as a visual poet approaching the skill and lyricism of Terrence Malick. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
B+ I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Matthew Dougherty As with Anomalisa and Synecdoche, New York, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a valuable, personal expression that gets the very best from everyone involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
C+ Mulan (2020) Matthew Dougherty Gorgeous as the sets and cinematography can occasionally be, the film still feels safely engineered to be for American audiences. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
B+ Yes, God, Yes (2019) Matthew Dougherty Yes, God, Yes will undoubtedly resonate profoundly with the specific audience its net is trying to capture. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
C The Old Guard (2020) Matthew Dougherty The Old Guard is far too serious for its own good. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
B Relic (2020) Matthew Dougherty Relic feels like the first effective film in the genre to really feel inspired by and react to Hereditary. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
B+ Palm Springs (2020) Matthew Dougherty Director Max Barbakow, marking his debut, and writer Andy Siara craft a wonderfully smart, weird vehicle for Samberg, whose goofy smile and wide-eyed joke delivery continues be a winning combination. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
B+ Babyteeth (2019) Matthew Dougherty It's a film that earns the label of tragicomedy more than most others with similar aspirations. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
A Da 5 Bloods (2020) Matthew Dougherty The director's style is often the opposite of boring, but at two and a half hours, Da 5 Bloods cruises by without so much as a slow stretch. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
B The King of Staten Island (2020) Matthew Dougherty Pete Davidson cements his typecast as a blunt, irresponsible stoner with a heart of gold here, but it hasn't lost an ounce of its appeal or charm. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
A- Shirley (2020) Matthew Dougherty As Shirley builds on itself, creating an intricate web of fearless psychological expressions, Decker proves herself not just a student of the auteurs of yore, but a talent in her own right who appears to be here to stay. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
B The Vast of Night (2019) Matthew Dougherty Despite a 1950s setting and an unnecessary framing of the film as if it were an episode of a Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi anthology, there's a sense of discovery to The Vast of Night that supersedes its nostalgia. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
B Blue Story (2019) Matthew Dougherty Blue Story's ambitions therefore far outweigh its minor faults. And with this execution and knack for artistic flare, Rapman may be a talent to watch out for in the future. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B+ Bad Education (2019) Matthew Dougherty Finley doesn't break the wheel aesthetically, but cinematically, there's more style here than one might expect from the subject matter. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
B- Butt Boy (2019) Matthew Dougherty The unfortunate truth is that Butt Boy holds its good stuff in for so long that it often feels like an extended tease for jokes and genre send-ups that it doesn't seem like it will ever get to. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
A- The Hunt (2020) Matthew Dougherty The film feels like the physical manifestation of the constant war of words on Twitter and other channels. There's subtle, sly points made about the escalation of anger online, and how that's directed at people we've never met. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2020
B+ Big Time Adolescence (2019) Matthew Dougherty Gluck makes for a strong relatable lead, with some incredible comedic timing on more than one occasion, but it's Davidson who runs away with the film's spirit. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2020
B+ Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Matthew Dougherty Hittman knows how to employ her environments and her camera to extract much raw emotion from most scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
B+ First Cow (2019) Matthew Dougherty The pacing is deliberate, but never boring, moving along at a nice clip while taking time to let the environment be the real star. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
B+ Swallow (2019) Matthew Dougherty Swallow is the kind of watch you won't forget. For all its shifting narrative choices and its raw intensity, it still manages to go down easy and come out the other end unscathed. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2020
B+ The Invisible Man (2020) Matthew Dougherty This marriage of sheer filmmaking prowess and worthwhile themes make The Invisible Man among the most impressive horror remakes of our time. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
B+ Saint Frances (2019) Matthew Dougherty It's a story of youthful discovery that manages to be engrossing as it takes us through a great many ideas, most of which are addressed thoughtfully with emotional consideration. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
C+ Blood on Her Name (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...a good yarn is a good yarn, and the mismatch of the film's various elements can't fully derail the good ideas at play here. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
B+ Premature (2019) Matthew Dougherty Howard and Boone have great chemistry, but they're just as strong performers apart as they are together. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
C+ VFW (2019) Matthew Dougherty You can definitely do worse in the grindhouse realm in 2020 than VFW, but you can certainly do a lot better, too. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
B+ Ordinary Love (2019) Matthew Dougherty Little gestures of kindness throughout keep their marriage emotionally resonant when the harder, louder conversations inevitably come into play. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
B A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Matthew Dougherty This sequel could do with fewer recycled references to the genre it joins, but the experience is still light and frothy enough that the smile likely won't leave your face as it breezes by. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
B Come to Daddy (2019) Matthew Dougherty Come to Daddy is smartly paced, sharply made, and consistently thrilling, even if it leans a little too hard onto its sentimental story rather than playing that as a B-movie as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
B+ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matthew Dougherty Birds of Prey isn't perfect, but it sure is fantabulous, and that's because Harley finally landed in the right hands: her own. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
B+ Color Out of Space (2019) Matthew Dougherty Color Out of Space manages to be scary alongside its pumped-up dose of self-parody. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B Clemency (2019) Matthew Dougherty It's a remarkably controlled performance that the script never quite lets explode, to both its strength and its detriment. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
B Little Women (2019) Matthew Dougherty As undercooked as Little Women can occasionally feel, it's always enjoyable, with some great shots made for the canvas and other small charms throughout. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
D+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matthew Dougherty The Rise of Skywalker is a pitiful attempt to wrap up all nine films, an experience so whittled down by the corporate process that it falls completely flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Matthew Dougherty But even with varying depth, Bombshell's ensemble is its greatest strength. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
B A Hidden Life (2019) Matthew Dougherty Terrence Malick's style is so distinct in what works and what doesn't. Just like the rest of his films, A Hidden Life is resplendent in natural imagery, and also just like the rest, it's criminally self-indulgent. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B In Fabric (2018) Matthew Dougherty Had the pacing issues been worked out, or the message populate some of the boringly handled transition sequences, In Fabric might have been something really special. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
B- The Two Popes (2019) Matthew Dougherty ...this is a film about the state of the Catholic Church made in 2019 that doesn't want to rustle any feathers. Some will take issue with that, and others won't. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019