Matthew Bond

Matthew Bond
Matthew Bond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Mail (UK) The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 81% Little Monsters (2019) It's very funny at times, but somehow doesn't quite justify a trip to the cinema. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 82% The Report (2019) This is an important film, which is sometimes hard to watch - but it does tie itself in narrative knots. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) It is funny, but goodness it feels over-long and presents a very American version of divorce that may not chime with audiences over here. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There are one or two fine moments here, but the film never quite matches motoring velocity with human emotion. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 48% Last Christmas (2019) Well, all I can say is that all that talent doesn't quite come together, as they all, no doubt, imagined and hoped. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 60% Driven (2019) Well-acted and well-made by British director Nick Hamm, although with familiar elements. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 91% Luce (2019) Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth help deliver an intriguing, intelligent and realistically unresolved drama. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 42% Midway (2019) State-of-the-art visual effects have some dodgy moments, particularly early on, and the story-telling gets a bit confused. But the last hour is spectacular and gripping, albeit slightly lacking in emotional punch. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) Both Mirren and particularly McKellen should have known better, having been caught up in similar plot-twists before. Maddening. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The ol' goodfellas have still got it. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) With female self-image at the heart of this slow and only sporadically funny film, the whole thing... might have been much better if it had been written and directed by a woman, rather than Paul Downs Colaizzo. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) Even Dynasty wouldn't have attempted the sort of daft plot twists on show here. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) On and on [Loach] goes here, piling on the misery, one wretched setback after another, until - well before the end - the average cinema-goer is likely to think 'that's quite enough.' - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) So while Doctor Sleep has an undeniable watchability, it also has an impact that it hasn't really earned. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) It's difficult to know who is more indulged here, Matthew McConaughey, who plays the title character, or director and art-house favourite Harmony Korine, who has assembled a starry cast despite not having made a decent film for years. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Jokes fall horribly flat and the story proves decidedly thin... - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) There's no doubt this grittily urban police thriller is often more style than substance, but equally there's no doubt it packs a proper punch too, tapping into the widely held belief that American police departments are racist. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) For while there's a certain pleasure in recognising some of the iconography of the first two films... it's disappointing to find that Cameron and his writing team have effectively written the same story all over again. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Slightly overcooked but very sweet. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) If you really loved the 2009 original, by all means add another star to the above rating, while the rest of us ponder why on earth Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin reunited for this little-awaited sequel? - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) There are some nice visual gags along the familiar stop-motion way, and accompanying adults will enjoy spotting the classic sci-fi film references, but there's still a frustrating sense of anticlimax. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Pushing what's acceptable, particularly in a PG film, to the limit, this is a strong sequel, but definitely not for the very young. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a film that provides a powerful reminder that there is nothing new about either of these wretchedly miserable situations. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 50% Farming (2019) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who writes, directs and experienced such 'farming' first-hand, delivers a searing account of the racism these youngsters encountered, before getting horribly bogged down in an over-extended skinhead drama... - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) A convoluted film that is funny but never quite nails its target. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) Early on, it's difficult to get past the fact that, for a cartoon story set in China, all the young characters have semi-Westernised features and talk with American accents. But slowly the strange magic of this box-office hit begins to shine through... - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) It's good, but it's Zellweger that's great. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) Phoenix, an actor capable of overcooking a performance, gets it spot-on, delivering a tour de force. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) But for me - despite decent performances from the likes of Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs - it crosses the line where too many truly horrible deaths are served up in unflinching detail as entertainment. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
1/5 29% Tomorrow (2018) This is film-making by numbers. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 78% Skin (2019) With a supporting cast that includes Bill Camp and Vera Farmiga, it's clearly well intentioned but never quite delivers. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Weaving's spirited performance and a game cameo from Andie MacDowell help leaven the bloody, tongue-in-cheek carnage. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) This is an ambitious film that adds up to something distinctly less than the sum of its lovingly polished parts. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Zhao Shuzhen is excellent as Nai Nai but Awkwafina is decidedly ordinary. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Based on a comic-book series, it feels formulaic, unconvincing and disappointing. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) The underwhelming end result is an all too predictable film that undeniably delivers a bang but also an awful lot of whimper. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) [I]t all turns out to be ridiculously far-fetched and dated in feel. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 88% Hustlers (2019) And yet for all this it stubbornly refuses to come to life, hampered by a lack of sympathetic characters, a repetitive story and by Scafaria's apparent doubts as to who this distinctly tawdry tale belongs to. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) If this is to be a final farewell - and there seems no reason why it should be - then it's certainly a good one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Big Meeting (2019) If you want to know why Pride - the 2014 film about a gay and lesbian group supporting striking miners - brings a lump to the throat, this film explains all. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) What comes as more of a surprise is how protracted it is, how many rather tired gay stereotypes are celebrated along the slow-moving way, and how poorly it compares with its obvious synchronised swimming counterparts, Swimming With Men and Sink Or Swim. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) [G]oodness this is disappointing and dismally slow old stuff. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) It covers all the normal messy, shivery, violently angry ground but benefits from an unexpectedly warm heart, a decent central turn from Taylor-Johnson and a touchingly funny performance from Billy Bob Thornton. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) With both man and horse suffering from anger-management problems, it's a well acted if not always subtle affair. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
2/5 50% The Informer (2020) Amid a riot of muscles and tattoos, we're supposed to care whether it's his violent drug-lord bosses or an avenging NYPD that catches up with him first. We don't. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Writer-director Joanna Hogg is the queen of upper-middle- class, art-house awkwardness, and she's on top form here as she tells the reportedly very personal story of Julie. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 52% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Unfortunately, and rather like the critical reception that Lowry's work received for much of his lifetime, it's getting only a grudging cheer from me. Matchstalk men, indeed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 94% Transit (2019) This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Despite the switch from animation to live action, this still feels like something you would see on TV, with over-the-top performances from the adults, some decidedly dodgy visual effects and a Scooby-Doo-like plot. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019