Matthew Thrift

Matthew Thrift
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Matthew Thrift is a freelance film writer and actor. He contributes to Little White Lies, The Guardian, bfi.org.uk and So Film.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) It's a film of devastating cumulative power, even-handed and empathetic in its approach to two characters whose relationship has broken down, but who still want the best for their child and each other. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) A film that, while returning to the founding, chase-picture premise of the franchise, appears to have been algorithmically conceived and directed by an AI filmmaking-chip that somehow made it out of the Skynet lab back in 1991. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
5/5 93% The Flower (La flor) (2019) An endlessly playful and playfully endless riot. Wildly, staggeringly entertaining. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 64% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) A funny, amiable riff on 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Catcher in the Rye'. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
1/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) "Never look away," we're told for the umpteenth time. But with von Donnersmarck serving as a dubious Virgil through the circles of 20th century history, you're better off just looking elsewhere. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) An astonishing spectacle of action and staging. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
1/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien follows the well-worn path of the literary biopic, steadfast in its refusal to even consider the separation of art from artist. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/5 66% The White Crow (2019) An explicatory exercise in dot-joining, the ultimate goal being to plot a psychological course from point A to point B. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 96% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) An uncompromising masterpiece. One of the films of the year. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) An essential document of survivor testimony that stands as China's answer to Shoah. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Verbose. Riveting. Extraordinary. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2/5 80% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh phones it in. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
1/5 20% Mute (2018) Mute possesses so little sense of style, of directorial muscularity, that it fizzles out long before its 125 minutes are up. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro's greatest work. Simply magnificent. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) A sensationalist approach to the artist's final days which ultimately illuminates little. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Leitch's across-the-board approach is purely cosmetic, ever-ready to eschew shades of detail when crass shorthand will suffice. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
2/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) The film's unwillingness to engage in any meaningful sense with the issues it purports to raise feels like an opportunity squandered. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3/5 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) The notion of 'home' is central to Gray's back catalogue, and affords Z its primary thematic conflict, albeit one painted in overtly literal terms. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
3/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Bigger isn't always better, but Chad Stahelski proves himself an action force to be reckoned with. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
4/5 96% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) An exquisitely rendered study of colonialism, memory and cultural erasure. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
1/5 11% Dirty Grandpa (2016) The ugliest film in recent memory - in every sense of the word - we can only hope it meets the fate it deserves. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) What remains is an opportunity for an intense, Jaws-like thalassophobic nightmare, squandered. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
5/5 95% Hard to be a God (2015) A monumental work from a monumental talent. Unmissable. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/5 98% Iris (2015) A love letter to individualism, and the love that fuels it. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 35% Cub (Welp) (2014) Not much adventure. Not much horror. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 95% Housebound (2014) Housebound winningly sticks two fingers up to tired genre persuasions, effecting a barnstorming crowdpleaser populated by people you want to root for and tension you can chew. It's the stuff Friday nights at the movies were made for. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/5 77% Danny Collins (2015) Return to sender. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
5/5 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Pure cinematic catnip. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
2/5 28% Insurgent (2015) Maybe you had to read the book? - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 73% What If (2014) A pleasant surprise. Radcliffe shines. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Jolie nails it, but she deserves better than this CGI sinkhole. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
1/5 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) The great John Turturro comes a-cropper in this tin-eared comedy of male sexual mores. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
5/5 100% Open City (1946) Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 86% We Are What We Are (2013) This social-realist take on the cannibal sub-genre makes for a surprising lyrical and quietly profound piece of filmmaking. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 47% The Book Thief (2013) A frank and adventurous portrayal of love in the margins. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2014
2/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) A strong first half gives way to genre predictability. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/5 65% August: Osage County (2013) This star-studded shout-off generates none of the heat and intensity of Tracy Letts' stage play. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) Exceptional music, unexceptional documentary on the swampy sounds of the famous Tennessee backing band. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
1/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) So generic a cut-and-paste job is the film's every aesthetic cue, it's surprising to even find a director's name surface in the closing credits. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 89% Dial M for Murder (1954) Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/5 61% Cleopatra (1963) Melodramatic, and camp as Christmas, but nothing like the disaster its reputation suggests. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2013
1/5 21% The Seasoning House (2013) If only the dialogue and camera work were as good as the make-up effects. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2013
1/5 71% The Croods (2013) Oh crud... - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/5 86% Babeldom (2012) Invigorating, challenging and extremely provocative. And extremely articulate to boot! - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2013
5/5 96% Gangs of Wasseypur (2014) A star is born in Anurag Kashyap. Blistering, audacious and if anything... just too darn short. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
2/5 65% Unfinished Song (2013) Too emotionally manipulative, but not without its moments of real tenderness and warmth. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
1/5 41% Midnight's Children (2013) Lacks soul, imagination and even basic logic. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2012
5/5 No Score Yet Still astonishes. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2012
4/5 69% Husbands (1970) Husbands may not be structurally perfect, but it's an unsentimental dissection of ego, fear and masculinity nonetheless. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2012