For 319 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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 Blindspotting
Lowest review score: 20 The Bye Bye Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 319
319 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    You Should Have Left is a perfect example of how "forgettable" horror cinema is somehow more tedious than something that goes out in a blaze of failed ambition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Yes, the movie where a girl falls in love with a Tilt-A-Whirl says more about self-assurance, romantic wilds, and personal comforts than most human-on-human counterparts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Scoob! is an enjoyable-enough start to the Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe, but may leave Mystery Inc. superfans feeling robbed of the Scooby-centric reboot that such a title suggests.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Donato
    Alexandra Daddario and Maddie Hasson are the Hammett and Hetfield of Marc Meyers’ eyeliner ensemble, with looks that kill and attitudes doubly deadly. For that, this critic can downgrade other complaints. It’s full of amplified unhallowed fun and fiendish shocks in the name of rock n’ roll…or maybe that’s just what “The Man” wants you to think.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    The Platform is a multi-tiered assembly of tension, terror and terrible imaginings that, in cake form, would be worth centerpiece window placement in any professional pâtisserie.
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    • 80 Matt Donato
    Amy Seimetz plays by her own rules like this is the last film she’ll ever make (it won’t be, no shot). She Dies Tomorrow ponders self-fulfillment with agency and riveting execution. Seimetz’s fearlessness is what sells every ounce of this uncontrollable narrative’s every zig and zag. From tone to philosophy to composition, this is Seimetz’s soul on celluloid.
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    • 70 Matt Donato
    Drunk Bus straps you in for a semi-wild, uplifting ride out of somber darkness and into speedy reclamation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Bloodshot shoots to kill, but with the accuracy of a Stormtrooper - off the mark and leaving much to be desired.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    The Hunt puts the "F-U" in midnight "fun" as no sides are safe in this middle-finger cultural roast that's as loudly defiant as it is proudly blood-soaked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Leigh Whannell does a damn fine job manifesting unnerved tension and sustaining Cecilia’s downfall right in front of everyone’s eyes.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    Brahms: The Boy II seems to want nothing to do with its original, which is an odd and detrimental outcome for your direct continuation of Brahms' ongoing story.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    From start to finish, Fantasy Island is lacking wicked wonderment and poignant reboot vocality. You'd be best off skipping it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    It’s an enjoyable movie-night combination of lightning quips, genuine friendship and observational humor paced with Sonic’s “gotta go fast” attitude. Score one for video game fans!
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Birds of Prey proves that it's no longer a man's world, it's Harley Quinn's - and we should be so lucky.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Gretel & Hansel is a full course meal when it comes to cinematography and production design, but the sleepy, hollow narrative pacing is just too stogy to overcome.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Donato
    The Turning is a failed ghost story on almost every conceivable level with a third act that's flat-out unforgivable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Yes it's "Alien but underwater," and that's a good thing given how a top-notch Kristen Stewart leads us on a terrifying dive into the deepest reaches of aquatic horror.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Grudge feels like "just another remake," which is a shame with such a previously style-forward director at the helm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    VFW
    If you’re into “Splatterhouse Cinema” that respects its elders and tenderizes human bodies without remorse, Joe Begos has a pile of discarded corpses waiting for you. It’s vile, slick with repugnance, and appropriately inhumane. A canon full of guts blasted straight into your face – the Fangoria way.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker suffers the misfortune of having a director who cares more about digging up a franchise's past than moving forward with an original story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    Black Christmas deserves to be a better slasher satire propelled by empowerment than the messy, tonally obstructed holiday dud we're gifted.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Doctor Sleep is a conflicted and unwieldy sequel attempting to unite worlds (King and Kubrick) while telling an original story from yet another filmmaker's viewpoint (Flanagan) that never blends together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Terminator: Dark Fate is a good Terminator franchise entry by comparison, but still falls into many of the pitfalls that modern reboots/remakes/sequels struggle to sidestep when balancing nostalgia with hyper-CGI action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Zombieland: Double Tap winks and nudges its way through a long-time-coming sequel, but earns its survival badges when cracking wits around new casts of characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    3 From Hell is an ugly example of too much wicked style over zero intended substance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Thrilling sci-fi exploration that ponders the melancholic state of self-worth, existence, and what it truly means to be alive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Donato
    Ready Or Not is an exquisite horror comedy heavy on familial dysfunction, heavier on gameplaying brutality, and always a reminder that Samara Weaving deserves to be the biggest of megastars.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    It Chapter 2 downgrades Pennywise's presence amidst the adult Losers' coming together, but is still a funhouse-freaky sequel that makes quite the statement in terms of scaling blockbuster horror bigger and grander.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    47 Meters Down is still the alpha of this franchise pack, but Uncaged's stealth "slasher but with sharks" structure is an approved and entertaining surprise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is gateway horror that treats intended audiences to many a scream, pulling no punches nor watering down nightmarish conjurings that remind how healthy fearful emotions can be at any age.

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