For 285 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Donato's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Guardians of the Galaxy
Lowest review score: 20 The Bye Bye Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 285
285 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Your enjoyment of Child's Play will depend on if "Chucky 2.0" is funny enough for your horror comedy tastes, because without investment in Kaslan's "Buddi," there's not much to appreciate beyond a few gnarly slasher deaths.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Dark Phoenix takes arguably the most heavily thematic X-Men comic arc and delivers the most dully procedural, chopped-to-bits cinematic franchise entry in Fox’s mutant canon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    The Dead Don't Die is a procedurally bland zomcom with little genre personality, playing as if Jarmusch invents a subgenre horror fans haven't been watching for decades.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters lays many a colossal Kaiju smackdown, but human arcs crumble under the heavy weights of those 'Zilla-sized behemoths they're forced to shoulder.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Ma
    Ma is a showcase for Octavia Spencer's ability to turn her typecasted traits into utterly disturbing obsession destabilization, but the film's less potent genre punch never lives up to its main character's psychotic allure.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Brightburn doesn't ask if you want blood, but you've damn-well got it in this nastily gruesome superhero hack-n-slash that's a nightmare for parents everywhere.
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    • 80 Matt Donato
    Something Else promises monsters but delivers more demons of the human experience variety, as this sweet and sincere creature feature is far more romantically heartfelt than expected.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a gunsmoke hazy, bloody-knuckle ruthless, impossibly badass Wickian continuation.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Hellboy feels editorially chopped to bits, tonally disjointed and created from clashing perspectives that make for the type of "dark, gritty" reboot that misunderstands why certain "dark, gritty" reboots end up working.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    A Vigilante succeeds not by exploiting torture, but instead shifting focus to Olivia Wilde's painful, so very real performance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Shazam! proves that the DCEU has a sense of humor, can execute on it and *deliver* an electric punch of uber-fun comic book action, too. Heart, humor and heroics – can I get a hell yeah?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Pet Sematary is proficiently tense, dashingly macabre and soaked in nightmarish tones that thrive on audience screams.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Little Monsters is a must-see horror comedy that proves Lupita Nyong'o should be starring in far more horror movies than she's been offered at this point.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Us
    Us is an impressive and astonishingly hair-triggered sophomore feature squarely positioned to decimate genre audiences. It’s purposefully vague, but jam-packed with more memorable genre imagery and inquisitive discussion starters than most braindead by-the-book cinematic offerings beholden to formulaic blueprints.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Captain Marvel is a recorded mixtape of familiar MCU beats that sets Carol Danvers up for success, but as a period standalone, struggles to be anything we haven't yet seen from superhero cinema.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Happy Death Day 2U is a more ambitious, more entertaining - albeit less horror powered - time-warp sequel that proves Jessica Rothe's blinding talent no matter what dimension she's in.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    The Amityville Murders wastes historical reverence on a paint-by-numbers ghost story that relies too heavily on eyesore animated effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Once Upon A Deadpool supports the worthiest of causes, but "PG-13 Deadpool 2" is a much duller, hacked-up sequel than this year's *already inflated* R-rated release.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Aquaman is imaginatively ambitious superhero cinema with no rules, which is more positive than negative as Wan's vision is realized like an underwater laser light spectacle that the DCEU so desperately needs right now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a celebration of limitless creativity that honors comic book runs of the same freeing mentality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is two-plus overstuffed hours worth of too many characters fighting for screen time that no enchantment can salvage.
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    • 40 Matt Donato
    Hellraiser: Judgment is a stuffy police procedural masquerading as a torturous Pinhead franchise entry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria will divide fans of the original and those excited for something fresh as a testament to long-form (2+ hour) filmmaking that holds together impressively well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Gareth Evans’ Apostle is The Wicker Man, Safe Haven and Silent Hill thrown into a boil that bubbles over during a ruthless third act that certainly delivers if you have the patience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Predator guts and slashes its way to gory sci-fi mediocrity, but is further failed by abysmal pacing that loses characters, subplots and interest along the way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Anna And The Apocalypse is an enthusiastic coming-of-age musical that cares just as much about bellowed heart and soul as it does keeping horror fans entertained.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Scares are often on the generic side (pitch-black doorway, hand reaches out), and while some wild effects work enjoys the zanier side of Hell’s mouth opening up to spit venom across Earth’s surface, it’s missing the masterfully torturous tone that Wan’s universe otherwise aims for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Let The Corpses Tan is a stunning display of visual seduction and slaughter-first gunplay, if not somewhat distracted by a skeletal script that’s been stripped of all meatiness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    Unfriended: Dark Web takes all the most engaging and horrifying techno-horror qualities from Unfriended and wipes the cache disappointingly clean.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Mission: Impossible - Fallout is cocked, locked and ready to blow you away with more than just Henry Cavill's forearms.

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