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For 212 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 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 212
212 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Camp X-Ray has cinematic and moral intelligence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Had The Founder focused solely on Kroc’s relationship with the McDonald brothers, it might have been one of the great intimate, sour character studies of recent times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Like its hero, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors goes with the flow and has a chaotic and thrilling time but doesn't know where to go or what to do with itself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all the psychological realism of Carrie and Margaret's relationship, however, this remake has a comic book feeling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film's plot is articulated cleanly, if a bit too plainly at times, but as is so often the case in Sayles' movies, that's not where the director's interest lies. Go for Sisters lacks the epic quilt qualities of such sprawling Sayles pictures as "Lone Star" or "City of Hope," but this seems more a matter of intent than evidence of any sort of failure of vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In its lumpy-porridge way, this film makes a better case than any other Marvel picture for the notion that quarter-billion-dollar-budgeted, CGI-festooned slabs of multimedia synergy can be art, too, provided they're made by an artist with a vision, and said artist appears to be in control of at least part of the production.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If Zootopia were a bit vaguer, or perhaps dumber and less pleased with itself, it might have been a classic, albeit of a very different, less reputable sort. As-is, it's a goodhearted, handsomely executed film that doesn't add up in the way it wants to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Black Sea looks so gorgeous and moves with such muscular grace that you might forget, or never imagine, that it's a relatively small action movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jem and the Holograms is one of the weirdest big screen adaptations of a cheap TV cartoon that I've seen. That's praise.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The star rating at the top would be two-and-a-half if I were only judging what's on the screen. The other half-star is for audacity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie is a mess, but it's a rich mess. It has weight. It matters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It doesn't go quite far enough into melodrama to fuse all of its different pieces together into a satisfying whole but it's an engrossing film all the same: intelligent, sincere and unabashedly goodhearted.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch and directed by Baker, it's assured and immensely likable, and truly independent in story and style.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Calling Space Station 76 a spoof of 1970s science fiction doesn't do the trick. It's quiet, slow movie that's often funny, sometimes sad, and occasionally uncomfortable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Lively is superb here, giving one of those hyper-focused, action-lead performances that's as much an athletic feat as an aesthetic one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sembene! is most illuminating when it is simply showing us clips from the director's features and behind-the-scenes or "making of" footage, with very little in the way of verbal setup, and then letting them play out.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The most striking and curious aspect of Man of Steel is the way it minimizes and even shuts out women.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Rams is an involving, at times curiously exciting film, because the story is so clean and simple and we always know what's at stake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Remote Area Medical is a rare contemporary documentary that is determined to tell by showing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's a self-aware movie that makes fun of the macho clichés it indulges.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A dark, weird, smutty, fitfully amusing comedy that ultimately wears out its welcome. As a provocation, it's aces, especially if — like the film's writer-director, Randy Moore — you hate Disney and everything it stands for.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you go into a Herzog documentary hoping for a definitive, deep look at a certain subject, you're bound to come away disappointed. But if you go into them expecting a series of portraits of obsessed people, each painted by one of the most likable obsessives in cinema, you're likely to come away satisfied.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man" — not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The bad news is, there are about ten movies going on in Captain America: Civil War, which is at least seven too many. The good news is, most of them are fun, and there are enough rousing moments to elevate the movie to Marvel's top tier.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all of its flaws, it's the first film since "Eastern Promises" that has added anything truly fresh to the old school street-level gangster story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's slightly frustrating that the movie doesn't venture a point-of-view on any of these larger issues, which are less clear cut than the matters of sexual abuse and its immediate enablers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If smart dumb comedies hold a place in your heart, you'll like Masterminds. The main characters are masterminds only in their own heads, and the thoughts that tumble out of their mouths are as nonsensical as they are sincere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A furious and often terrifying documentary about the militarization of US police.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's executed with such passion that it holds together better than you might expect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    While the film works as a primer for viewers who are curious about Lear but don’t know the details of his life and work, it’s more interesting as a movie about age and memory.

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