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For 309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk With Me a While
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 309
309 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The whole movie feels oddly stranded and dramatically inert, despite the obvious passion that went into making it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is an ambitious and enlightening documentary, filled with wisdom and asking great questions, some of which may never have a satisfying answer.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    You could build a suspension bridge over the gap between what Robin Hood could have been and what it is. Its hero is credible as a man who wants to rob from the rich and give to the poor, but the storytelling is so impoverished that the message can't stick.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The devil figure is Federico (Riccardo Scamarcio, last seen in "John Wick: Chapter Two"). He's eloquent, charming, faintly sinister man who, as Bryan points out, seems to magically appear in their lives at moments of crisis.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The women are all compelling though never too-polished storytellers. Whether they succumb to the horror of what they're describing and start to cry or remain stoic throughout becomes part of the experience of hearing the tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Wang's movie is empathetic enough not to pass negative judgment on the characters as they muddle through their experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Part rap musical, part social satire, with elements of Westerns and kung fu pictures, Bodied is one of the funniest, freest movies of the year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It feels immediate and rings true, thanks to the performances of its lead actors, and the storytelling of director Yen Tan and his co-writer, co-editor. and cinematographer, the single-named Hutch.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A Bread Factory is an idealistic statement about the importance of art in everyday life. It's about how a scene from a play or a line from a poem can cast a new light on your problems or dreams, maybe put a whole new frame around your life, your community, and the culture and nation that helped shape you.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The most surprising and challenging thing about Part Two is how it takes one of the central ideas from Part One—art's ability help us understand and express ourselves in everyday life—and externalizes it, so that creativity that might otherwise have been confined to the stages of the arts centers erupts into the world outside.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Galveston is the film equivalent of a familiar, not too special song that's been brilliantly re-arranged and performed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The objective seems to be to make you feel, by the end, as if you've walked a million miles in Neil Armstrong's boots. On that score, judged solely as a spectacle, First Man has to be considered a success — especially if you see it in IMAX format.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The film's writer-director, Tamara Jenkins is a brilliant chronicler of upper-middle class white people and their foibles, and her eye for detail is anthropologically exact, empathetic but never begging for sympathy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Nothing about it makes a lot of sense, but then, nothing about classic old comedies starring people like W.C. Fields or Laurel and Hardy made much sense, because they about oddballs getting into trouble and then trying to get out of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Bisbee '17 is also about the artifice of storytelling and the alchemy of acting, and that magic moment when we decide to forget that we're seeing performers pretending to be long-dead people.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Its easygoing intimacy is what puts it over the top.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A solid hangout movie as well as a band-of-buddies film — genres that tend to revolve around young men. It's also a movie that deliberately blurs the line between documentary and fiction: the main characters are all real New York skaters who are playing characters who are very close to themselves in real life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie never entirely convinces us that its heroine has the capacity to kill, although her pain and loss are conveyed with skill by Fishback.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Unfortunately, the film never finds a way into Berg's personality that explores his many facets without reducing him to a blank-slate character at the center of a traditionally-made period thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's satisfying, for the most part—a solid romantic comedy with sharp dialogue, amusing characters, a soundtrack of well-worn feel-good hits, and a few surprises up its sleeve. Its only major flaw is an inability to imagine the bosses as richly as the leads.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Creepy beyond belief, Hereditary is one of those movies you shouldn't describe in detail, because if you do, it will not only ruin surprises but make the listener wonder if you saw the film or dreamed it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    As unnecessary prequels go, Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't bad. It's not great, either, though—and despite spirited performances, knockabout humor, and a few surprising or rousing bits, there's something a bit too programmed about the whole thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Since Deadpool 2 shows no sign of wanting to rewrite a whole genre with its audacity, we might as well concede that it does the job it apparently wants to do with professionalism and flair, and that the faster we end this piece, the faster you can go on social media and complain about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    So preoccupied with giving its star's wish fulfillment fantasies that it forgets to make sure all the other major characters seem like characters, rather than underdeveloped notions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The comedy thriller The Con is On is a Who's Who of 1990s indie film character actors, but the movie ends up delivering a lot of cliches from that brief but extremely specific era of filmmaking, and not necessarily the ones you might want.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This movie shouldn't just engage and amuse and occasionally move us; it should shock and scar us. It should kill Ned Stark and Optimus Prime and Bambi's mommy, then look us in the eye after each fresh wound and say, "Sorry, love. These things happen."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This all sounds like it could make for a fascinating movie. But The Devil and Father Amorth feels at once bloated and slight, like a DVD supplement puffed up to feature length (an hour and eight minutes, just long enough to be exhibited in theaters as a stand-alone title).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is not a particularly fascinating movie, unfortunately, despite being well-done in most of the superficial ways.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If you have a good idea, a strong cast, a smart script, and directorial chops, you don't need a lot of money to make a compelling movie. The Endless is proof.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The cast is filled with actors doing everything they can to make their characters as memorable as possible even when the script (credited to four people) isn't lending them the support they deserve.

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