Matt Fagerholm

Matt Fagerholm
Matt Fagerholm's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Gay Chorus Deep South challenges us to accept its hopeful message at a time where our paranoia and cynicism is defensibly at an all-time high. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/4 89% Burning Cane (2019) God is destined to forever be a complicated subject for most mortals, yet there's no question this film has made me a believer in the boundless artistic potential of its creator. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 75% Serendipity (2019) Nourry has provided attentive audiences with nothing less than a spiritual experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 100% The Dead Center (2019) For pleasing pre-Halloween viewing, you could do a whole lot worse than The Dead Center. Just don't expect too many nightmares afterward. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% Fantastic Fungi (2019) One of the year's most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/4 61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Nothing about Dilili in Paris feels natural or organic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1.5/4 85% The Weekend (2019) The Weekend quickly proves to be the mopiest comedy in many a moon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) What's a little surprising, in light of the subject matter's considerable weight, is how funny the film frequently proves to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/4 100% The Load (Teret) (2019) This is one of the year's best films. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2.5/4 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) Perhaps I would've laughed more at [Vic's] plight if I wasn't busy having a panic attack. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 74% Adam (2019) Ernst doesn't feel a moral obligation to only depict behavior onscreen that he endorses, and neither should any filmmaker, for that matter. Such limitations are the antithesis of art. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/4 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) For a film sending up the contrivances of soap operas, it sure is susceptible to remaining within the comfort zone of clichés itself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/4 83% Share (2019) A masterful example of how cinema can channel what filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier dubbed 'the female experience.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 71% At War (En guerre) (2019) An exhausting film to watch in the best sense, venting our anger at the dehumanizing forces in society until we are left drained, contemplating our impending challenges with newfound clarity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/4 93% Sea of Shadows (2019) An engrossing portrait of mankind's encroaching, self-inflicted demise, with moneyed interests leading us, like the pied piper, off the cliff and into the sea. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 72% The Plagiarists (2019) A deeply frustrated film that is often frustrating to watch, yet it is most rewarding as a meditation on the obstacles modern day artists must contend with when living paycheck to paycheck. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) [Petra Costa] seems utterly incapable of crafting a frame that is lacking in urgency or vibrance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) A film like this is catnip for the analytical hemisphere of my brain, as it details precisely how The Beatles led to The Byrds, and then in turn how The Beach Boys' landmark album, 'Pet Sounds,' inspired 'Sgt. Pepper.' - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Though Feuerzeig's picture remains the definitive chronicle of Albert's creative process and the personal demons that informed it, Kelly's film brings us at least a half-step closer to understanding Knoop's motivation for keeping the ruse alive. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1.5/4 50% Stuck (2019) It's not a film so much as a lecture punctuated by a patronizing moral, and more importantly, it's not much fun. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Chaperone (2019) What makes Engler's film worth a look, apart from its two leading ladies, is how it manages to make a tale set nearly a century ago feel oddly timely. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/4 93% Giant Little Ones (2019) What starts as a rather typical indie drama about a young man inching his way out of the closet ultimately proves to be a far more complex and rewarding ode to the fluidity of identity. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Few filmmakers have ever been as gifted at affirming the degree to which we are more alike than we may ever have thought possible. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 91% The Unicorn (2019) An endearing symphony of misread cues, fumbling advances and accidental epiphanies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 90% Who Will Write Our History (2019) Regardless of its missteps, Grossman's film should be seen as a necessary introduction to a multitude of stories warranting greater analysis. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) With its balance of exuberant humor and rigorous insight, Bathtubs Over Broadway provides as stellar an education for the uninformed as Siegel's 'The Bathrooms Are Coming!' - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018) Occasionally the dialogue can be too on-the-nose... yet Goldberg's utter disinterest in condescension is precisely what makes her movie so lovable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 94% In the Loop (2009) Iannucci's film is a smashing satire for our politically challenged times, but beyond that, it's also a magnificent verbal comedy, the joy of which is nearly impossible to describe in a family-friendly review. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 100% Liyana (2018) As tough as the subject matter may get at times, the film is guaranteed to be an uplifting one for viewers of all ages, with its emphasis placed on the joy of its subjects, whether it be in their everyday life or in the midst of their creative process. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 61% Summer '03 (2018) Though the film's screwball energy keeps things relatively sunny, neither Gleason nor King fail to take the central protagonist's emotions seriously. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3.5/4 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) It plays like the jazzy riff of a seasoned quartet, complete with buoyant solos that may not connect to much else but are still a joy to witness all the same. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 48% Bel Canto (2018) What makes every iteration of Bel Canto such a richly rewarding journey is the gradual evolution of its characters, who begin to form a makeshift family as the outside world grows more distant with every passing hour. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) There are no thrills in this western yarn, just a mounting series of tragedies that are by turns frustrating and numbing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/4 80% Active Measures (2018) A documentary that chillingly illustrates the decline not only of democracy but of moral leadership in America. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
1.5/4 38% An Actor Prepares (2018) The characters are so off-putting that our time spent with them quickly devolves into an endurance test. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
4/4 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) One of the best films I've seen about the ways in which grief can pull a person in both directions simultaneously. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Though the subject matter could've been developed into a more challenging and provocative yarn, this film's chief aim is escapism. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/4 89% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) Fans of Basquiat, Driver and her many, many interview subjects will eat it up. Everyone else will feel compelled on more than one occasion to check their phones. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/4 70% Paterno (2018) What makes Paterno such a disquieting experience is its preoccupation with the cost of denial, and the nightmarish way it can burrow into your subconscious. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3.5/4 86% A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018) The great value of Christian Duguay's film is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/4 60% Benji (2018) This 2018 release feels like it arrived fresh from 1974, and that is what makes it a delight. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/4 100% Rogers Park (2018) It is a testament to the filmmakers and their superb cast that this story arc doesn't come across as mere trickery. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2.5/4 61% Entanglement (2018) For moviegoers who don't mind shutting down their rational brains in order to enjoy 85 minutes of likable escapism, Entanglement will be just the ticket. Probably. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2/4 69% Beuys (2018) In terms of provocation, Beuys could certainly provoke me into reading a book on its subject, a fine alternative to sitting through this evasive misfire again. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/4 63% My Art (2018) [A] provocative feature directorial debut. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/4 100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) [An] enthralling and masterful achievement. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2.5/4 92% Intent to Destroy (2017) A sporadically successful indictment of how U.S. policy has been synonymous with alternative facts. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4/4 91% Human Flow (2017) A towering achievement from one of the world's foremost champions of human rights. Its subject matter may be overwhelmingly bleak, but its call for unity is profoundly invigorating. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
1.5/4 68% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) The film follows in its subject's footsteps to a fault, and it does so in rubber heels. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
2/4 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) A feature-length biopic that appears to be comprised of half-realized highlights from a television miniseries. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017