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For 221 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 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 221
221 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Loud, smart and ferociously committed to its premise, and it leaves an intriguingly bitter aftertaste.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Time out of Mind seems to have been undertaken for no other reason than that the filmmakers and actors believed in the truth of the material. How many American movies can you say that about?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The sheer filmmaking craft on display here shames almost any comparably budgeted superhero picture you can name.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Baldwin's voice as a writer comes through powerfully anyway. It was wise to have Jackson read Baldwin's words plainly in his own voice, rather than attempt an impersonation.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    After Earth is ultimately too thin of a story to support all of its grandiose embellishments, but so what? It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk. The film takes the characters and their feelings seriously, and lets its actors give strong, simple performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Wright is a brilliant director of turbocharged exposition, elegant but bruising action sequences, and graphically bold comedic overkill.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Slick and sometimes goofy as it is, Blackhat is an odd, fascinating movie: a high-tech action thriller about the human condition. I can think of no better current illustration of the notion that, to quote this site's founder, it's not what a movie is about, it's how it's about it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The process of transformation is the story, and the story truly belongs to the artist.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It asks a lot of us. In fact it asks us to set aside everything we've been conditioned to think movies are, and roll with a different way of seeing and hearing things, and connect.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The best thing about this movie is that you believe in the relationship. Hart and Johnson are a classic comedy duo in the tradition of Abbott & Costello, Bob Hope & Bing Crosby and Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This movie feels as if somebody woke from an intense nightmare, decoded it and realized it was rather unsubtly working through some of their unresolved issues, then brought it to Judd Apatow and said, "Here's your next comedy."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's hard to write about In Jackson Heights without sounding like you're trying to write poetry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Common wisdom says Hollywood doesn't make this kind of movie anymore. But it's not true.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Those who don't know anything about the tale going in (a category that included me) might be gobsmacked by what happens. The order of events doesn't stick to any established commercial movie template. What happens feels as random yet eerily inevitable as life itself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie is significant as a movie: it's intelligent, sensitive and expertly made. But it's also significant because of its ability to provoke introspection and arguments. In its deceptively modest way, it's as much a Rorschach test as "American Sniper." Everybody who sees it will draw a different picture of the elephant.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    For all its miscalculations, this is a personal picture, violent and sweet, clever and goofy. It's as obsessive and overbearing as Steven Spielberg's "1941" — and, I'll bet, as likely to be re-evaluated twenty years from now, and described as "misunderstood."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Newtown is being characterized as an apolitical documentary, just a portrait of Newtown before, during and after the shootings, but that's not entirely true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The most fascinating thing about the film is how it leans into predictability rather than make a show of fighting it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Every few seconds there's an image that delights for delight's sake.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A brutal but stirring fantasy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Stillman pushes the comedy right up to the edge of screwball.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A nearly great documentary about a national crisis, but its heart is a tragedy with a sickening ironic twist.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    An appealing comedy with an unabashed streak of melodrama, sharp dialogue, and a superb ensemble cast, anchored by a lead performance by Al Pacino in lovable scamp mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is abashed and shameless, exciting and exhausting, disgusting and illuminating; it's one of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I can't imagine anyone who liked the show not enjoying this film, even though the first half is stronger than the second, which spirals into a frenzy of double- and triple-crossing that's less engaging than watching the characters reconnect, awkwardly but with feeling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    I don't think Kimberly Levin's debut feature Runoff entirely works as a story or a statement. But as an experience, it's amazing — so unlike most other recent American independent films in its style and mood.
    • 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.

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