Matthew Eng

Matthew Eng
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
42% Wasp Network (2019) It's unfortunate that Assayas couldn't end the decade on a higher note, but he is far too talented-and far too astute at selecting capable onscreen collaborators-for Wasp Network to be a misfire - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia's storytelling and his deep-feeling, ever-resourceful actors radiate a compassion for these characters that gets the blood running in nearly every frame of Ash Is Purest White. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
96% The Wonders (2015) The Wonders is a coming-of-age tale unbound from the expectations of a genre that it remains undeniably hooked to at its heart, so that it's also a revelatory portrait of a family, a region, and a way of life. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
85% Trainwreck (2015) If Trainwreck ultimately fails to match the remarkable, politically-informed comedic zeniths of Schumer's superb sketch series... [it] still frequently impresses by further acquainting us with the radically refreshing transparency of Amy Schumer, actress. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) Jandreau, no matter the closeness to his own cinematic equivalent, brings this yearning, good-hearted soul to life with a virtuosic application of body, mind, and heart. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
97% Columbus (2017) The rare magic of Columbus, a human drama infused with a spooky, out-of-body ethereality, lies in its confident and ingenious execution. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% Strong Island (2017) One of the rare films to embrace the full literary possibilities of the cinematic medium, in which the images conjured inside the mind can be just as vivid as the ones seen by the naked eye. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) The performances of After the Storm are indeed exceptional across the board, including pitch-perfect leading man Abe, as well as Maki, who distinguishes her bitter divorcée role with a crusty, steely impatience. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% Loving (2016) Negga's performance captures the lightning of Mildred's love for Richard... But by bottling up this intensity and minimizing her own presence, Negga also captures the physical reality of a black woman living in a region entrenched in Jim Crow bigotry. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
84% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Don't Blink is the rare documentary that understands that the best way to elicit both appreciation and understanding for an artist's creations is to allow us to see these creations first-hand. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
89% No Home Movie (2016) For a subject so deeply ingrained with sorrow, the punishing and purposely tedious nature of No Home Movie's structure feels entirely earned -- even imperative. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Heller tells a remarkably rounded, rangy, and mixed-media coming-of-age story for a genre so typically one-track minded. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
96% In Jackson Heights (2015) By placing such lengthy emphasis on these people and their perspectives, Wiseman not only encourages multiple viewpoints, but simultaneously forces us to consider them in an attentively thoughtful way that movies so rarely ask of their audiences. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
82% Chevalier (2016) [Tsangari] has made Chevalier into a raffish and intelligent divertissement with one of the year's most applaudably in-sync ensembles. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
49% Freeheld (2015) By respecting their viewpoints, their privacy, and their humanity, Freeheld is the dramatization Laurel and Stacie deserved. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) In a way, we've never needed Nora Ephron more, but, as Everything is Copy is sure to remind you, we'll never stop needing her, period. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Danner allows each and every member of this extensively winning ensemble to shine, without ever dimming her own awe-inspiring light. And she sings, too! - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) It's hard to argue with an artistic vision as utterly distinctive as Guerra's. Even when his story stutters, it's hard not to be seduced by the sheer immersion of his filmmaking. - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
96% Heart of a Dog (2015) Anderson is auteur, narrator, and guide, grasping our hands and settling us into her vast and gorgeous mind-scape through seamlessly-mixed media and an astonishingly enveloping sound design... - Tribeca Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) In its final minutes, Life and Nothing More articulates that it's an act of no small bravery to look in the face the very thing you have been running from, ready to be heard but also to hear. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) Bujalski has utilized this business as a rich backdrop for one of the year's most unusual films: a day-in-the-life character portrait of a working woman of color that is frequently hilarious yet firmly rooted in its protagonist's undeniable melancholia. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The most hair-raising comedy of the year, or else the most side-splitting horror movie. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) What follows is a gripping search for answers that consumes us completely; after a while, the slapdash lapses in the filmmaking actually start to evince an inadvertent sense of urgency. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
91% Lean on Pete (2018) Despite the urgency of Charlie's circumstances, Haigh unfolds his story at a purposely patient pace that allows us to bask in grace notes. - Reverse Shot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) An appealing cast gives its all to a highly-charged satire that stays as skin-deep as a selfie. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/5 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) There's a lot more movie contained within this charming oddity, but only for those who are willing to look deeper. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
87% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) Poças and Rodrigues rework Saint Anthony's expedition with a bold concept that seeks to express the essence of an experience, rather than its physical reality. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
3/5 73% Catfight (2017) Even when the humour doesn't pay off, Heche and Oh are never less than captivating. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A bold and copious cinematic bricolage that captures Baldwin as both witness and participant amid the turbulence of the Civil Rights Movement. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/5 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Truthfully, Dunning would be a compelling misfit even if Stone were interested in creating nothing more than a rustic, non-intervening character study. But that's not the film Peter and the Farm is. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/5 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Not without its blind spots, but James locates both familial intimacy and a bigger picture without sentimentalising his subject. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 92% Southside With You (2016) Stumbles occasionally, but still manages to cast a hushed spell that never entirely fades. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2016
4/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) Confidently made, with a roaming spirit that make it one of the most engaging films of the year. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/5 94% Newtown (2016) Anti-gun films aren't exactly a novelty, but few of them have hit closer to home than Newtown. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
2/5 69% Men Go To Battle (2016) Hard not to admire its existence. Equally hard not to wish it was more daring. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/5 91% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) An exquisitely intimate reminder that more films (and filmmakers) should prize deep feeling over flash. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) A remarkably rounded and unavoidably heartbreaking view of Kitty's life and murder and whose impact is, in large part, due to Bill's central involvement. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016