Matt Shiverdecker

Matt Shiverdecker
Matt Shiverdecker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Austin American-Statesman Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Happy Face (2019) The humanity and raw power from the therapeutic dialogue in some of their scenes was unexpected for Fantastic Fest, an event not exactly known for booking emotionally resonant dramas. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
A- 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) "The Death Of Dick Long" is laugh-out-loud funny and, at times, jaw-droppingly offensive. Simply put, it's a guaranteed future cult classic. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
A- 92% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse" is not easy viewing in any capacity, but it is one of the most wild, distinctive movie-going experiences I've had all year. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 81% The Lodge (2020) Overall, this is probably too slow and slightly overlong to really connect with general audiences, but fans of recent genre hits like "The Witch" and "Hereditary" should feel right at home in the cold and quiet. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
87% The Vast of Night (2019) Ultimately, the story feels a little too vague, and the movie ends up obsessing more about getting the period details and visuals correct over offering a satisfying conclusion. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
38% In the Tall Grass (2019) The closest recent parallel I can draw is between this and "A Quiet Place." Both movies prove that what we don't see (or hear) can conjure up an entirely different form of dread than you might expect. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
86% Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (2019) "Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts" filters the drag queen's occasionally twisted comedy through a lens of pure honesty and melancholy. It will satisfy existing Trixie Mattel fans while also serving as a solid introduction for any latecomers. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Make no mistake, this is not easy viewing. [Erin Lee] Carr thankfully avoids giving Dr. Larry Nassar much screen time and instead lets the women and their families tell their own stories with the help of some investigative journalists. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) This has an awful name, but it's a phenomenal movie. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Both Dern and Stewart are terrific and do a lot of heavy lifting for a script that fumbles. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
42% Thriller (2018) Jackson isn't reinventing the genre here (in fact, the story wears its influences like "Halloween" and "Prom Night" directly on its sleeve), but he provides a talented young cast and some genuine scares to make this a fun watch. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
80% The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019) In this case, the truth is definitely stranger than fiction. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) It's almost unfathomable that this is anybody's first feature. "Booksmart" is a perfectly constructed and confident debut that already has me excited to see what Wilde does next. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) For fans who have been following his music career over the past four decades, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to watch this as soon as you can. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
A- 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) For having a relatively low budget, the film's style and overall art direction are immensely impressive. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
B 76% Family (2019) The true highlight of the entire film is watching Schilling, in full face paint, on stage with the Insane Clown Posse at the Gathering of the Juggalos. It's one of the most unexpected and amusing plot points I've seen at the festival this year. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
82% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color is a thoughtful and compassionate sci-fi redemption story worth squeezing into your schedule. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
A 81% Unlovable (2018) "Unlovable" is a breath of fresh air and hopefully a launching pad for us to see more of DeGuzman's work. I think she has a lot more stories worth telling. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B 60% Constructing Albert (2017) "Constructing Albert" introduces us to an intensely focused man who values his family and the people who help bring his ideas to life as much as he does forging a new path in the culinary world. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B- 95% 1985 (2018) Despite the subject matter, "1985" rarely dips into maudlin territory. It wisely chooses instead to celebrate unconditional love and the notion that what we have in common is greater than what divides us. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B 100% TransMilitary (2018) A provocative and timely documentary. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
A- 89% Hereditary (2018) [Toni] Collette gives an absolute tour de force performance of a woman who slowly becomes unhinged. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B 83% Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (2018) This slickly edited documentary features stunning archival footage and new interviews with many key cheerleaders from 1972-1990, but the core revelations here come from Mitchell's interview footage. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
B 79% Sadie (2018) It's best to go into the movie without knowing much more about what happens next, but it's safe to say that Sadie has quite a dark side. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
93% Saturday Church (2018) This charming debut feature from director Damon Cardasis is bursting with love, compassion and authenticity. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
A- 97% Coco (2017) Bursting with bold colors and packing an emotional punch in the final moments that could make even the most jaded among you shed a tear, Coco is truly transcendent. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
89% Pin Cushion (2018) Pin Cushion cannot easily be categorized. The experience is overwhelmingly melancholy and simultaneously hopeful. You don't know for sure that Iona's life is going to get better, but you're rooting for her every step of the way. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna and the Apocalypse" offers an incredibly charming and talented cast, some fun scares, a few properly emotional moments and a whole lot of irresistible music. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) The brutality on display is gleeful and unapologetic and, like it or not, this is destined for cult classic status. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Heaps of praise will be deservedly lumped onto the core cast members, but some of the movie's sharpest moments come from the supporting cast. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
63% Dead Night (2018) Baruh may have bitten off more than he can chew for his first feature. That said, the practical effects, blood-soaked kills, and devilish grin of the always brilliant Crampton were enough for me to walk out smiling. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) After all of the pre-festival furor this year, it was a wonderful surprise to have such a powerful, female-centric story as my first film out of the gate. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) Harboe is able to convey complex emotions with a mere glance and is uniformly excellent in a challenging lead role. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
85% Win It All (2017) A surprise collect phone call... triggers a last-gasp attempt to make things right and provides for an exhilarating final act. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
92% Barracuda (2017) Slowly but surely, Merle's perfectly curated existence is thrown out of whack by Sinaloa's antics. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
91% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) Heartwarming. Funny. Sad. Vital. This is essential gay history. I'm thankful that this film will help preserve it and turn new generations on to his work. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
90% Walking Out (2017) Bomer and Wiggins are extraordinarily good and the well-crafted screenplay creates a palpable tension that hangs for the last twenty minutes or so of the picture. This is independent filmmaking at its best. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
80% Infinity Baby (2017) These far-fetched story elements combine to craft a legitimately hysterical film that manages to be satirical, but relatable in its comedy. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
100% Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017) It's so heartfelt and genuine, we're truly fortunate to be able to eavesdrop in. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
85% Sylvio (2017) It's a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of Birney and Audley that this quirky low-budget comedy is able to break through and resonate. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
85% The Transfiguration (2017) We've had plenty of teenage vampire love stories in recent years, but The Transfiguration gives us a melancholy and refreshingly original twist. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
100% Unrest (2017) Fraught with honesty, Unrest gives us a raw and up-close look at how a chronic illness can impact a relationship. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
83% Lovesong (2017) I think it's [So Yong Kim's] strongest picture yet and proof that even with a small budget, the right casting decisions can take a project from good to great. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Special effects spectacular. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
88% Christine (2016) A heartfelt attempt at telling her story without feeling exploitative. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% 808 (2015) For music lovers, this is a lovingly fascinating journey through the last 30-plus years worth of musical history that deserves to be heard on the loudest speakers possible. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
92% Raw (2017) Pretty much everything about this movie clicked for me, from the candy-colored visuals to the incredible soundtrack... Raw is an unforgettable debut feature and a real highlight of this year's festival lineup. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) To say much more would spoil the film's surprises, but it's fair to say that it hits all the right notes. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2016
72% Too Late (2016) Too Late is a throwback to indie films of the 1990s that we don't see often anymore and that alone is enough to recommend it. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
79% Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016) Startlingly honest and sincere, this is essential viewing for fans of Numan and electronic music. - Austin American-Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016