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For 74 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Fowler's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 90 Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself
Lowest review score: 20 Cosmic Sin
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 74
  2. Negative: 2 out of 74
74 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Bruised is a good outing for Halle Berry as a director, though a better reminder of her as a star. Aside from that, however, the story progression is light on impact.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Zeros and Ones uses the spy genre as a thin mask for a fever dream that evokes nightmarish uncertainty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Black Friday proves to be a winning combination of gloppy scares, well-crafted characters, and wise commentary.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Despite the inherent ugliness of watching a rich kid diabolically dig into a mom and dad who are just trying to save their home for the sake of their own children, Home Sweet Home Alone has some decent wit and heart to it. Archie Yates is good as the new precocious protector of his lair, but it's Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper who anchor the film and give it something resembling a soul.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Fowler
    Kate Siegel does her best to elevate a simplistic thriller that follows all the same beats you're accustomed to.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Night Teeth's winning lead trio and its glossy, electronic buzz save this Collateral clone from sinking into full nonsense. The film's usually interesting, though it never truly strikes with malice or meaning the way it wants to
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    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Escape the Undertaker is a benign but effective use of Netflix's interactive abilities. Pairing the most macabre WWE Superstar with the company's most positive players makes for a fun showdown, one that you might wish had made it to official WWE TV -- not in this form, of course, but as a noble "turn to the dark side" storyline.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Fowler
    There's Someone Inside Your House tries to make you think it's got a catchy, viable gimmick when in reality it's empty and unsatisfying.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Fowler
    It's a bizarre and overly rambunctious ride that forsakes cleverness for Billboard acts and dizzying set pieces.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Fowler
    The Starling contains themes of grief and guilt that are worth exploration, but finds itself unable to delve deep into these elements, instead relying on bad bird effects and a needlessly quirky and eccentric tone to gloss over most of the uncomfortable elements.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Fowler
    Copshop is meaningfully and enjoyably derivative as a patchwork homage to '70s shoot-em-up cinema (even Spaghetti Westerns), but it never quite reaches its potential.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Fowler
    Cry Macho has spare moments of charm and tranquility, but mostly it's a dry and unfinished story that fails to hit even the most basic of Story 101 beats.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Krysten Ritter, along with Winslow Fegley and Lidya Jewett, provide enough pizazz to keep Nightbooks afloat, creating an engaging supernatural hostage scenario.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan are magnetic leads in this reboot that pays homage to the first film, but fully stands on its own. It manages to cut through modern high school b.s. while transforming two posers into presentable, likable people.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Vacation Friends may be a touch predictable, but John Cena and Meredith Hagner will make you wish you had friends like them on your next trip.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Paw Patrol: The Movie is a precious and peppy offering for the pre-preteen set that utilizes gentle character drama and buzzy action to stand out as a big-screen adventure. It won't be any parent's first choice, from an animation standpoint, but the standards of storytelling hold firm, making for an overall calm and comforting watch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Fowler
    The Last Mercenary has bounding energy and a fun take on star Jean-Claude Van Damme's past exploits as an action star, but the humor is way more miss than hit and the actual nuts-and-bolts spy plot is a trudge.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Fowler
    Jungle Cruise is a rollicking adventure full of humor and heart anchored by Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt's winning heroes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Blood Red Sky could lose a few minutes, but overall, it's a ferocious and fun merging of vampires and hijackers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Fowler
    Gunpowder Milkshake does its formidable cast dirty with a bland script, recycled story, and an empty comic book style that does little but shine up a stale outing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    The Boss Baby: Family Business delivers middle-road mirth, full of action and quasi-clever jokes, and featuring the fun voice additions of James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum, and Amy Sedaris.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    The dystopian fantasy elements of the saga are now at their thinnest, painting a cinematic world that may hit too close to home for some. Ultimately, it's a solid entry that can either act as an ending or a new beginning.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    America: The Motion Picture is like Drunk History if the history were not only drunk but also on nitrous. Channing Tatum once again proves he's a comedy force to be reckoned with, backed by a stellar cast of capable and cunning joke spitters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Werewolves Within easily separates itself from the pack by delivering a quirky monster mystery filled with gentle laughs and massive maulings. Not every joke lands, and not every character fits, but overall it's an entertaining alternative to the season's more ghoulish and grim offerings.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    The Woman in the Window has both flash and fizzle. Amy Adams is great in the lead role, presenting us with a shattered recluse who wages war on lucidity daily, but the rest of the cast, while noteworthy, are sort of relegated to being plot pawns. Still, if you're looking for a higher class of claustrophobic Noir, and don't care too much about the resolution, there's a playfulness on display here that might scratch an airport novel itch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    A pleasant surprise that both undermines and elevates typical revenge sagas, Riders of Justice is a unique blend that charms and captivates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Fowler
    Wrath of Man has plenty of anger and action, and it's at its intriguing best when the entire story gets sorted out and all the players are on the board, but it stumbles at being a time-release mystery.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Fowler
    The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a ridiculous, riotous, and relevant adventure fill with great humor and winning sentiment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Fowler
    Synchronic isn't a home run, but a decent time travel triple is always welcome.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Fowler
    The Courier is a tense, well-executed spy drama that wisely focuses on character and performance more than thrills, knowing that if we actually care about these men it will drastically heighten every narrowed glance, near miss, and frightful chase. It's not always the freshest adventure, but that's when the acting carries the piece and breathes life into these unlikely heroes.

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