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For 310 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Zoller Seitz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Shoah: Four Sisters
Lowest review score: 0 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 310
310 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    By the time you get to the end, Cronenberg has pinned all his people against the screen like so many laboratory specimens, ripped off their scabs, and vivisected their longings: an old wound here, a long--deferred dream there. Still, the movie sticks with you. It's a fleeting nightmare that refuses to fade.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    With Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz prove that they rank with the finest filmmakers alive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It is wrenching but never exploitive. It is impressively skeptical of the same mission that it takes on its shoulders: to make something positive from a senseless crime without diminishing its senselessness. This film doesn't just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's blandly, often listlessly bad, check-the-blockbuster-boxes bad, just-out-of-film-school-and-shopping-a-tentpole-screenplay bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's often painful, and not in a good way; it's painful because of the roads it doesn't explore, the shortcuts it takes, and the special pleading it can't stop itself from indulging in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Black Sea looks so gorgeous and moves with such muscular grace that you might forget, or never imagine, that it's a relatively small action movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This ensemble drama about troubled upper-middle class strivers is slick, confident, and rather empty, and structurally more self-defeating than clever.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The movie never entirely rises to the height of its ambitions, though: there are moments when you can practically hear it straining to impart significance to what is, in the end, a fairly standard sensitive-young-criminal-in-over-his-head story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's quite good, for what it is. But it's that "for what it is" part that proves slightly exasperating.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere" — which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love — yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Annie is light on its feet, frothy, and always insistently, at times provocatively kind, determined to melt grumpy hearts like marshmallows.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Much of the film's appeal lies in watching the two lead actors enact subtle, honest moments of observed behavior.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Inherent Vice is a film about a stoner which itself seems stoned. This is just one small part of what makes it distinctive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If only Dying of the Light had broken Schrader's recent close-but-no-cigar streak.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Remote Area Medical is a rare contemporary documentary that is determined to tell by showing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    The problem is, for all its surface intelligence, "Mockingjay, Part 1" has little depth, and that sometimes makes it much more frustrating than a more knowingly shallow and silly movie might have been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's slightly frustrating that the movie doesn't venture a point-of-view on any of these larger issues, which are less clear cut than the matters of sexual abuse and its immediate enablers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    In the end Foxcatcher proves impossible to embrace because of fundamental miscalculations in performance, direction and makeup, along with a certain clumsiness in the way that it tries to use its profoundly sad story to make some kind of grand statement about American values, or the lack thereof.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    If nothing else, McConaughey's goofball autodidact's intensity certifies that there is, in fact, a "Matthew McConaughey" type of character, and that McConaughey originated it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Matt Zoller Seitz
    There are a few nice moments of performance and filmmaking (including the elaborately choreographed final shot), but not enough to redeem a film that seems to flinch from the harsh truths it was presumably created to address.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Zoller Seitz
    This is a classic film, not just because every scene and line is casually beautiful and devoid of extraneous touches, but because its tone is mercilessly exact.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    It's a rapturous experience, mostly, though tempered by a certain Godardian crankiness. Watching it is, I would imagine, as close as we'll get to being able to be Godard, sitting there thinking, or dreaming. It's a documentary of a restless mind.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    A very good jazz movie and a very good heroin movie, if indeed there's much practical difference between the two modes—and perhaps there isn't.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Camp X-Ray has cinematic and moral intelligence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Clare Lewins' new documentary I Am Ali is a great introduction to the boxer, activist and super-celebrity if you don't know much about him. It doesn't break any new ground, not does it claim to, but it's likable and reasonably thorough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Zoller Seitz
    What's missing is a sense of how Monroe, seemingly a law-abiding young man before his family's financial dark days, suddenly went from being a go-along-to-get-along type to a budding criminal mastermind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Zoller Seitz
    Gone Girl is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture.

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