Matthew Monagle

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For 40 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Monagle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Saint Maud
Lowest review score: 20 The Rookies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
40 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    While James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) authors a slightly uneven depiction of childhood, Summering still captures the gentle doom of being aware that your life is about change forever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    There is a lot to like about The Phantom of the Open – and just as much to quibble over – but ultimately, the world can easily stomach a few treacle movies if they are this grounded in failure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    Whatever magic Lightyear musters onscreen is undermined by the unfulfilled potential of the narrative.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Monagle
    In the end, Dominion brings back likable characters and has the good grace to move at a fast clip. It is a testament to how low the bar has gotten that those two elements feel like enough to make it a passable summer movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Matthew Monagle
    There are a handful of filmmakers – Wind River director Taylor Sheridan comes to mind – who carry the torch of the American Western forward into the present. Like Sheridan’s films, Montana Story introduces an element of finality to the American West.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    Escape the Field won’t change the world, but it is a solid showing for everyone involved, and it works overtime to keep the audience entertained throughout – at least until the sequel-bait ending for a movie that will probably never happen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    The Contractor seems torn between two types of films: the direct-to-video staple of a reluctant soldier bearing arms to protect his family, and a bleaker condemnation of private contracting (and the systems of power that necessitate its survival). It is the second film that blinks first, leaving Pine and Foster to carry the remaining scenes to their generic conclusion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    With so many video game adaptations being little more than live-action fanfiction, Uncharted stands out by feeling like an actual movie, mostly eschewing fan service in favor of little organic beats between characters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Monagle
    Moonfall is bad – the wrong kind of bad – because everything in this formula fails to hold up its end of the bargain. The effects are muddled; the supporting cast is terrible. The only thing Moonfall delivers on is the big ideas, but by the time the movie begins to layer in the sci-fi absurdity, the film is already three-quarters of the way home.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    With a few standout performances and production design that imbues it with a good amount of period shine, it may yet find a receptive audience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Monagle
    Time may ultimately be kind to Cooper’s first foray into the horror genre, but the present holds nothing but darkness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 89 Matthew Monagle
    The Last Duel is a thematic gold mine, one that sits nicely alongside some of Scott’s best work to date.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    Ultimately, The Guilty is a worthwhile remake, even if it fails to perfectly calibrate performance and production.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Monagle
    Dear Evan Hansen is a rare musical that must be seen to be believed. Few shows are less equipped to grapple with their subject matter; watching someone Wikipedia the plot synopsis of the musical in real time remains one of the last true pleasures available to us as a society.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Matthew Monagle
    If you can sit through the occasional sermon about the role of police in modern society, you’ll find yourself in the lap of true action greatness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Matthew Monagle
    Free Guy takes the time to create something unique and grounded and make us care about the future of these NPCs. With every reason in the world to fail, Free Guy succeeds. It’s a welcome reminder that sincerity can still play as the basis for a Hollywood blockbuster.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    Compared to other Hollywood blockbusters, Snake Eyes is better than fine — but there are hundreds of Asian and Southeast Asian action movies that run circles around the final product here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    Ultimately, Tournament of Champions remains a welcome balance of YA and horror, featuring inventive puzzle sequences with enough talent on both sides of the camera to consistently entertain.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    The Forever Purge does have its finger on the pulse of America at a particularly violent moment in time, but for a series defined by glorious chaos, this one paints pretty much by the numbers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Monagle
    The film struggles to carve out a distinct aesthetic for its violence, alternating between crass comedy and cartoonish violence with no sense of how to combine these two into something sustainable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Monagle
    The sad truth is that Us Kids feels a bit too much like the thing the students hoped to avoid: a celebration of a moment in time, not the start of a revolution.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 89 Matthew Monagle
    The challenge for the audience is to simply keep up. Jallikattu is such sensory overload – containing so many crowded images and rhythmic cuts – that we almost need a little distance to fully appreciate what the filmmakers have pulled off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    Perhaps this approach makes A Quiet Place II the cinematic answer to downloadable content, a standalone adventure that offers new levels but no new narrative.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Matthew Monagle
    Final Account is about today as much as yesterday, and that makes it perhaps the most urgent World War II documentary of them all.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Monagle
    Those obsessed with first-person and screenlife films may want to explore Profile from a strictly technical standpoint, and they are welcome to do so. Everyone else can avoid it entirely.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Matthew Monagle
    Wrath of Man may soon occupy the same rarified air as Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, another film anchored by an aging action star that promised revenge and delivered something more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Matthew Monagle
    Limbo may be a smiling teardown of any society that actively facilitates the deportation of its most vulnerable inhabitants, but there’s a wildness in the film’s eyes – a darkness Sharrock only feels comfortable approaching through artifice and sentimentality – that betrays the political message underneath.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Matthew Monagle
    Anyone who spent the ‘90s in the Action-Adventure section of their local video store will find a kindred spirit in SAS: Red Notice. There’s more than a little Under Siege or Executive Decision in the film’s DNA, a prolonged, wrong-place-wrong-time gunfight featuring a creature of Western foreign policy’s own making.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Monagle
    There are times when China’s brash marriage of national cinema and onscreen largesse can work for foreign audiences – bless you, The Wandering Earth, you madcap delight – but when the approach misses this badly, the results are excruciating. Consider The Rookies an easy miss for even the most dedicated Chinese action cinema fan.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Monagle
    It’s a credit to Brown, Morgan, and Sadler that the story works at all. These actors maintain the illusion that The Unholy is a competent horror movie for far longer than it deserves. But in the end, there are just too many pieces missing to make this a coherent whole.

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