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For 299 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 299
299 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Galveston is the film equivalent of a familiar, not too special song that's been brilliantly re-arranged and performed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The objective seems to be to make you feel, by the end, as if you've walked a million miles in Neil Armstrong's boots. On that score, judged solely as a spectacle, First Man has to be considered a success — especially if you see it in IMAX format.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film's writer-director, Tamara Jenkins is a brilliant chronicler of upper-middle class white people and their foibles, and her eye for detail is anthropologically exact, empathetic but never begging for sympathy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Nothing about it makes a lot of sense, but then, nothing about classic old comedies starring people like W.C. Fields or Laurel and Hardy made much sense, because they about oddballs getting into trouble and then trying to get out of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Bisbee '17 is also about the artifice of storytelling and the alchemy of acting, and that magic moment when we decide to forget that we're seeing performers pretending to be long-dead people.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Its easygoing intimacy is what puts it over the top.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A solid hangout movie as well as a band-of-buddies film — genres that tend to revolve around young men. It's also a movie that deliberately blurs the line between documentary and fiction: the main characters are all real New York skaters who are playing characters who are very close to themselves in real life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie never entirely convinces us that its heroine has the capacity to kill, although her pain and loss are conveyed with skill by Fishback.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately, the film never finds a way into Berg's personality that explores his many facets without reducing him to a blank-slate character at the center of a traditionally-made period thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's satisfying, for the most part—a solid romantic comedy with sharp dialogue, amusing characters, a soundtrack of well-worn feel-good hits, and a few surprises up its sleeve. Its only major flaw is an inability to imagine the bosses as richly as the leads.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Creepy beyond belief, Hereditary is one of those movies you shouldn't describe in detail, because if you do, it will not only ruin surprises but make the listener wonder if you saw the film or dreamed it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As unnecessary prequels go, Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't bad. It's not great, either, though—and despite spirited performances, knockabout humor, and a few surprising or rousing bits, there's something a bit too programmed about the whole thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Since Deadpool 2 shows no sign of wanting to rewrite a whole genre with its audacity, we might as well concede that it does the job it apparently wants to do with professionalism and flair, and that the faster we end this piece, the faster you can go on social media and complain about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    So preoccupied with giving its star's wish fulfillment fantasies that it forgets to make sure all the other major characters seem like characters, rather than underdeveloped notions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The comedy thriller The Con is On is a Who's Who of 1990s indie film character actors, but the movie ends up delivering a lot of cliches from that brief but extremely specific era of filmmaking, and not necessarily the ones you might want.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This movie shouldn't just engage and amuse and occasionally move us; it should shock and scar us. It should kill Ned Stark and Optimus Prime and Bambi's mommy, then look us in the eye after each fresh wound and say, "Sorry, love. These things happen."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This all sounds like it could make for a fascinating movie. But The Devil and Father Amorth feels at once bloated and slight, like a DVD supplement puffed up to feature length (an hour and eight minutes, just long enough to be exhibited in theaters as a stand-alone title).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is not a particularly fascinating movie, unfortunately, despite being well-done in most of the superficial ways.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you have a good idea, a strong cast, a smart script, and directorial chops, you don't need a lot of money to make a compelling movie. The Endless is proof.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The cast is filled with actors doing everything they can to make their characters as memorable as possible even when the script (credited to four people) isn't lending them the support they deserve.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The cast's heroic exertions fail to save Flower from its own worst tendencies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Much better and more original than anyone could have expected.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's less concerned with covering the totality of his life than evoking his life force, which is good-humored, earthy and inspiring.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's a lot here that feels insufficiently shaped or fitfully realized, but at the same time, there's a lot to like. It's the Platonic ideal of a mixed bag. The newness of the new parts counterbalances the ineffectiveness of the stuff that seemingly every fantasy blockbuster does, and that this one doesn't do well.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The new Death Wish is a vigilante film that's also about vigilante film cliches, when it remembers to think about such things, which is only occasionally. Most of its attempts to subvert or freshen up familiar elements aren't well developed, and they're certainly never strong enough to counter the bloodlust and gun worship that's invariably going to power this kind of project.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is one of the best surprises of a still-young movie year: a comedy that takes nothing seriously except fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    What makes Early Man enjoyable is the way Park and his writers detail the heroes' good-natured oafishness and the bad guys' snooty arrogance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Golden Exits made me want to get up and go do something sensible and productive, so as to not be like the characters in the film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    To call Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris a mixed bag would be generous. It packs all the wild action you came to see into a 20-minute stretch near the end, and elsewhere gives us something like a platonic buddy version of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Cloverfield Paradox is a bit of a scam job, promising to reconcile entries in a series that have little in common save for a shared genre. It fizzles so badly at the end that you might legitimately wonder if it ever had anything to do with the other two films in the first place, or if it was produced independently of the series and retroactively added.

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