Matthew Dougherty

Matthew Dougherty
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 93% The Lighthouse (2019) Director Robert Eggers has crafted a psychological thriller practically spat up by hell itself, and it is supremely unpleasant in the best way possible. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
B+ 84% Little Monsters (2019) For how freely the blood flows, in and of itself one of the main draws of the zombie genre, there's a warmth to Little Monsters that gives it a fresh feeling. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
B+ 93% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) ...with how dark the end of that series got, our re-introduction to Jesse is a solemn affair. He's covered in scars, inside and out. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 98% Marriage Story (2019) Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson give their all to Marriage Story, a smart exploration of the emotional intricacies of divorce and how they can rip love to shreds. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B 98% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As Murphy reminds us of his place in the world, we see Moore fighting for his. Dolemite Is My Name just could have better told us how he felt about that fight. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
C 68% Joker (2019) ...the story sort of just happens, with violence, expertly built tension, and some truly gorgeous cinematography used to fill the air where a central theme would normally go. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
9.2/10 100% The Irishman (2019) The master filmmaker has made an introspective, thoughtful, even somber film that manages to be just as entertaining as his classics, even while diving deep into the darkest souls and finding some semblance of a heart. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
A- 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire is hyper-aware of the perils of its setting, and yet still manages to be inherently sexy, thanks to the chemistry of its leads. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
B+ 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) It doesn't all work, but by and large, this is a thoughtful, and often quite funny, retrospective on the artist and their struggle to create. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
C 83% Judy (2019) Goold merely falls into the same biopic pitfalls many a films do when they've got a big star at the center and they're gunning for Oscars. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
A 84% Ad Astra (2019) As an intimate portrait of the loneliness deep in our bones through the lens of a big interstellar epic, Ad Astra is simply peerless. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
A- 92% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes' Monos is undoubtedly the most impeccably crafted film of 2019 so far. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- 87% Freaks (2019) Had Stein and Lipovsky committed to keeping their story small-scale, this film could have been the next Midnight Special. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B+ 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers' stranger than fiction narrative is more than enough to keep the film afloat, but that doesn't stop Scafaria from injecting a fresh style missing from her past directorial efforts. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Though no one could accuse It Chapter 2 of playing it safe, the 170-minute runtime often misplaces its focus. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) ...there's rarely a moment where Brittany Runs a Marathon isn't having an honest, if very funny, conversation through its lead about self esteem. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7.6/10 89% Ready or Not (2019) This is an entertaining game of tension and gore with a strong funny bone, all in a well-wrapped package clearly designed with surprising thought and artistic effort with a star-making performance for Samara Weaving. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B+ 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's cheesy to be sure, and can be grating in passing moments, but Blinded by the Light leaves all cynicism in a trail of dust as it dances along. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
7.5/10 100% Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) The sci-fi elements are fun, the humor is wildly absurd, and the animation is breathtaking. In this case, that's enough for this return to be worth the wait. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B- 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ...you can feel the plot unfolding on screen cutting corners to get to the book's big scenes. The story is rushed beyond belief, and thus many of its emotional beats don't get the necessary room to breathe. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B- 79% Good Boys (2019) It would be a one-trick pony were it not for a smart thematic exploration of a particular aspect of growing up that emerges just before the third act. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
9/10 91% Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2019) Rocko's Modern Life returns to a world that left it behind, finding something poignant to say about learning to evolve. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B 92% Luce (2019) Onah doesn't bring any discernible style to the film. But he does let this complex yarn play out with all the tension he can muster. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) This entry may be sloppier than some of the series' recent highs, but there's something joyful about that sloppiness. The leads are all aware of it, and they deliver the fast fury needed to rise above the film's failures. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) ...compared to the rest of his filmography, the first two hours of Once Upon a Time..in Hollywood are fairly breezy, and better for it. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
D 53% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King is one of the most technically impressive disasters in film history... - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 82% Crawl (2019) ...as far as its actual premise, Crawl could not be simpler, and that's a huge part of what makes it so effective. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
B+ 99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell crackles most when Awkwafina and Shuzhen are on screen together, in scenes both happy and sad. Their chemistry is nothing short of perfect, rendering the dramatic irony of the story devastating. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
8.9/10 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) One of the most original films of the year so far, The Art of Self-Defense is a searing critique of male violence, and the notion of power at large, told through a traditional kung fu flick set in present day America. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 83% Midsommar (2019) No matter what, there's usually something going on in Midsommar worth unpacking, but with the film so stretched, a lot of the individual scenes, especially the transitional ones, don't feel as rich as they could. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) As with all the other Spider-Man films, Peter struggles with balancing his personal life with his superhero career, but this is maybe the first Spider-Man film to struggle with that balance itself. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- 93% Wild Rose (2019) There's an energy to this relatively new performer that deserves and commands our attention. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
B+ 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
B- 79% Late Night (2019) This film is designed to be easy to consume, which is likely why the script can feel overwrought. But then the players save it. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is, all in all, a well-made film, one that honors the fabulous man it's about at the very least from afar. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
D 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
54% Ma (2019) Ma is far from the smartest horror flick you'll see this year, but Octavia Spencer absolutely rules in it with a strong mix of terror and blatant comedy. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
75% Dreamland (2019) As much of a mixed bag as Dreamland can be, by the end, it's hard not to get swept up in its dramatic storm. - Awards Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) It's apparent from minute one of Booksmart that stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein are going to deliver something honest and special. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 90% The Souvenir (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
B+ 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's madly entertaining, and yet, the series still feels just a little bit afraid to indulge itself. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
8/10 62% Yesterday (2019) Danny Boyle's latest, Yesterday, is funny, affecting & perfectly in tune with what made The Beatles such a phenomenon. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) ...there's a sense that Detective Pikachu knows exactly how to be a Pokemon movie, but not really anything else. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C- 83% Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) It's just really hard to tell who wanted to make this film and for whom. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
C- 81% Long Shot (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) ...for that first hour, Endgame is maybe the most radical superhero film since Logan... - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B- 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) 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. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
B- 96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is a mixed bag of contemporary indie tropes amplified by how relevant its themes are right now. - The Filtered Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019