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For 226 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Under the Skin
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 226
226 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Life itself, that loaded two-word phrase, is what Roger really wrote about when he wrote about movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Interstellar is still an impressive, at times astonishing movie that overwhelmed me to the point where my usual objections to Nolan's work melted away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rogue One is a letdown in other areas, and there are creative decisions so ill-conceived they take you out of the story. But somehow these aren't enough to sink the movie, which manages to succeed as both super-nerdy fan service and the first entry since the 1977 original that will satisfy people who have never seen a "Star Wars" film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's bracing in its simplicity. It's a character portrait, period.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film ultimately runs up against the limitations of its own nature.... But it’s still an exhilarating ride, filled with archetypal characters with plausible psychologies, melodramatic confrontations fueled by soaring emotions, and performances that can be described as good, period, rather than "good, for 'Star Wars.'"
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It wants to put you smack-dab in the middle of a particular place during a particular time, and let you marinate in that place and time through quiet montages and long—sometimes very long—scenes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The Daniels have made a film that's at once a labor of love and a work of sheer arrogant nerve, one that is as likely to be described as a classic, an ambitious misfire, and one of the worst films ever made by any three people who see it together. How many movies can you say that about?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all its visual audacity and honest feeling, Anomalisa is a modest, even slight work, aesthetically sealed off from the same reality it engages.... But there's so much beauty and sadness in it, and so many exquisitely conceived scenes (including an impromptu musical performance that ranks with Kaufman's greatest moments), that it would be miserly to underrate it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Gone Girl is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's a rapturous experience, mostly, though tempered by a certain Godardian crankiness. Watching it is, I would imagine, as close as we'll get to being able to be Godard, sitting there thinking, or dreaming. It's a documentary of a restless mind.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Tower is explanatory journalism and history, but also personally expressive, and the two impulses never cancel each other out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    You could call it a musical performance documentary and not be wrong, but it's trying to do other things too, some expertly and others not so well; but there's never a point where you quite get a handle on it because it keeps changing in front of your eyes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    By the time you get to the end, Cronenberg has pinned all his people against the screen like so many laboratory specimens, ripped off their scabs, and vivisected their longings: an old wound here, a long--deferred dream there. Still, the movie sticks with you. It's a fleeting nightmare that refuses to fade.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Does the movie work? Intermittently, sometimes brilliantly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This intimate Irish drama travels a road that'll be familiar to anyone who's ever seen a film about addiction, or known an addict, but the fact that all stories of addiction are essentially the same doesn't blunt its impact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's quite good, for what it is. But it's that "for what it is" part that proves slightly exasperating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The mosaic arrangement of material ensures that no one subject can be covered in detail -- the sum total sometimes plays like a very good themed edition of "CBS News Sunday Morning" but with a wickedly funny narrator -- and a couple of segments, notably one about a rehab clinic for gaming addicts, feel intellectually undercooked.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    An American independent film from the 1990s that just happens to have been released this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    An account of a film that was never made despite all the love that its makers poured into it, yet somehow it's warm and inspirational: a call to arms for dreamers everywhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A very funny and observant movie, albeit squirm-inducing, with endlessly quotable dialogue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Private Property is a terrific example of the spell that a confident film can weave by placing a handful of troubled characters in a confined location, and in the end it does feel like as much of a tragedy as a potboiler.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    India's Daughter is a sorrowful and angry movie, yet measured. It seems determined to see a bigger picture without letting one victim's story get lost in the canvas.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you treat Tomorrowland mainly as an immense cinematic theme park that unveils a new "ride" every few minutes—just as Bird's last feature, "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" was mainly a series of action scenes—its weaker aspects won't be deal-breakers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There's something refreshing, at times remarkable, about the sureness of the acting, and the filmmaker's touch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Our Nixon seems to be more interested in evoking emotional than intellectual responses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    What it definitely isn't is a biography of David Foster Wallace, much less a celebration of his work and worldview.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Hunter Gatherer doesn't look or feel like many movies being made right now.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Ford's voice — always deep, lowered an octave by age and one more by William's longing — is even more powerful. This is Ford's best performance since "The Fugitive," maybe since "Witness."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It can't quite seem to get out of its own way. It is intelligent and sensitive and assembled with a great care, and worth watching just for its images of the jungle.

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