Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Salon.com
Publications: Salon.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) [It] is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 61% Stephen King's It (1990) There may be others who play Pennywise, but in the eyes of this critic at least, [Tim Curry is] the definitive actor to fill those big red shoes. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) The main strength of "Good Boys" is that its jokes, while derived from outrageous situations, work because the characters react in realistic ways. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It's a thoroughly fun action comedy that delivers exactly what it promises - and if the screening I attended is any indication, kids will love it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It feels like Tarantino is so wrapped up in indulging in his own filmmaking style that he loses sight of what made his best movies work. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/4 88% Clerks (1994) At his best, [Kevin] Smith captures the zeitgeist of an era and becomes the voice of a generation. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 64% Watchmen (2009) When given a great story and told that his job is to simply adapt it, Snyder more than rises to the occasion. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/4 83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" isn't just a great horror movie... It is also one of the best movies ever made about living with mental illness. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 46% National Treasure (2004) It is a definitely guilty pleasure, and 90 percent of the reason why can be summed up in two words: Nicolas Cage. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3.5/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a good movie that becomes great in its final act. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The latest installment, "Toy Story 4," is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
3/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) Every so often a movie gets so thoroughly shellacked by critics that, when you see it and realize it's actually quite good, you can't help but feel sorry for the filmmakers. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) If future filmmakers can learn these lessons from the travesty of "Dark Phoenix," it won't have been a total waste. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" doesn't need an original story: Like all kaijū movies, it only requires awesome monsters, epic fight scenes and some subtle social commentary. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/4 57% Aladdin (2019) Disney needs three wishes for its live-action "Aladdin" remake: for a better Genie, a better script and a soul. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) When Tarantino sent this message to moviegoers in 2009, it's unlikely that he imagined how relevant it would be in 2019. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) While "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an easy movie to recommend, it must be added that it's a hard movie to love. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There are horror movies and political dramas with premises less nightmarish than the one in "Avengers: Endgame... This is an interesting approach for a superhero film to take. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/4 17% Hellboy (2019) Watching the "Hellboy" reboot is like eating a rice cake - you don't feel bad afterward, but at the same time you're not entirely sure you really experienced anything at all. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/4 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Watching Fred Gwynne nail a Maine accent and spout cheesy dialogue is much more entertaining than this movie's monotonous series of lame jump scares. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 91% Shazam! (2019) "Shazam!" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) But the good so greatly outweighs the bad; "Us" is definitely worth seeing, and it is a positive sign for the quality of Peele's upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/4 44% Captive State (2019) There were elements here and there that I liked, but its message was muddled - and if this type of movie doesn't work as a message film, it doesn't work where it matters most. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The breakout character of "Captain Marvel" may wind up being an adorable cat named Goose, whose cuteness seems destined to launch thousands of social media posts. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The final movie... is a tour de force, a visually magnificent and poignant story that serves as a fitting close to the series. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It is instead that rarity - a sequel that is both better than the original and manages to retroactively improve that movie. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The expression "more of the same" isn't always what artists want to hear, but for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" it is very good news indeed. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/4 70% Unbreakable (2000) "Unbreakable" is likely to stand the test of time as long as stories about superheroes - or heroes in general - are still sought by scared, suffering human beings. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/4 37% Glass (2019) It is a successful movie on its own terms and an ideal closing chapter to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 92% Bumblebee (2018) "Bumblebee" does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Yet with great power comes great responsibility. And one such responsibility, as a critic, is to admit when you've made a mistake. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) A conceit that could have been charming instead comes across as crass. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
0/4 12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) There aren't enough creative Yiddish insults in the world to adequately express how much I hate Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) There was a great movie in "Creed II," one that peeked out every now and then beneath the suffocating blanket of clichés. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5/4 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) I am happy to say that the misogynists' worst fears were realized. This is very much a movie whose female characters are equal to their male counterparts... - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
3.5/4 60% The Front Runner (2018) "The Front Runner" comes along at a particularly relevant time in American political history. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) In other words, like [Brad] Jones, I agree that this is the best Michael Myers-based "Halloween" movie since 1981's "Halloween II." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 100% CinemAbility (2018) "CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion" tells a Hollywood story that has long been overlooked. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 29% Venom (2018) Certainly I'm in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked "Venom." Hell, if it wasn't for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006) It's still reasonably entertaining if efficiently made action films are your bag, though. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 32% The Predator (2018) Amid this cavalcade of slightly-above-mediocrity, there is the issue I mentioned earlier: The film's, um, interesting ideas about autism. (Full disclosure: I am autistic myself.) - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) I've been on "Sesame Street." I know Elmo. Cookie Monster is a friend of mine. "Happytime Murders," you're no "Sesame Street" . . . and you're not "Avenue Q" either. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Say what you will about "Avengers: Infinity War," but at least its story took risks. "Fallout" offers a highly predictable form of fun -- although it's still fun. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "Star Wars" is not "Breaking Bad," and the same narrative tricks that worked for the latter feel jarringly out of place in the former. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Aside from a few flourishes of aesthetic inventiveness and a single moment of genuine wonder, "Ant-Man and The Wasp" doesn't do very much with its premise. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018