Matthew Dougherty

Matthew Dougherty
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 94% Stan & Ollie (2018) Stan & Ollie is hardly the most original film of the year, but it does carry a powerful message about nostalgia-one that Hollywood executives need to hear today.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
C+ 71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) There's a rosiness here that feels akin to recent socio-political celebrations on film, such as The Post and Hidden Figures, but then this film doesn't always find a way to ground itself amidst its good feels.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
B 72% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer is one-part crime thriller and one-part revenge action flick, with both coming together within Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi's strong script and through Kidman's hard-as-nails performance.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
C+ 64% Vice (2018) Vice is trying to be so many things at once that it doesn't really end up being anything more than an unfocused political rant.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
C+ 92% Bumblebee (2018) The special effects surrounding these robots' radical changes isn't as wow-inducing as it was 11 years ago, but at least Bumblebee tries to tell a story while it employs them.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
B 64% Aquaman (2018) ...it's a more memorable movie than most of the lesser Marvel films, and thus, DC takes another step toward righting the ship.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns may be the most joyful cash cow churned out this year, but its leading lady is clearly focused on the joy more than the cash.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Director Robert Zemeckis hits a new artistic low with Welcome to Marwen, a film that mistakes schmaltz for substance and employs downright boring novelty animation in a hackneyed attempt to stir the emotions.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's a simple story made super strange, but all these different Spider-folks play into one idea: that Spider-Man isn't amazing because Peter Parker is amazing, he's that way because he's as ordinary a guy as they come.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A- 59% Vox Lux (2018) Brady Corbet's numbingly difficult, ambitious, challenging Vox Lux lives at the intersection of today's dark reality and the need for escapism.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
C- 76% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Some fun moments aside, as a whole, Anna and the Apocalypse just feels like one big missed opportunity.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
B+ 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda's script is laced with small moments of affection to build a story so utterly grounded by love that the novelty of the crimes they commit feels secondary. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) By no means a classic, or capable of making much of a stir on the actual Internet, this animated sequel is coded to entertain, and that it does.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
B+ 81% Green Book (2018) ...the actors go all in on their roles, injecting subtlety into their respective larger-than-life personalities, Ali especially.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
B 90% Widows (2018) So for as rewardingly complex as the plot is, weaving in a great number of issues making headlines today, the film as a whole just never really comes together.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
C 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is hardly the first Harry Potter movie to suffer from rushing past plot points, but it is the first to seem bored with its own characters in the process.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B+ 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The results overall feel like riding a rickety wooden rollercoaster, where one wrong bump could send the whole thing crashing down, but put your arms up anyway and enjoy the ride‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
C- 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord, in all its self-seriousness, has no real subtext it tries to tackle, or sense of importance that would elevate this sort of plot into A-movie status. So then why not embrace what it is?‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 88% Bodied (2018) It's not entirely successful, especially in how unclear it is with what conversation it's trying to start, if any at all, but it is undeniably entertaining as all hell throughout.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) As an experimental commentary on experimental cinema, The Other Side of the Wind is practically built on being self-indulgent. It's sort of thrilling to witness, though not very enjoyable.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B- 80% Boy Erased (2018) In cinema today, so many gay films feel like they're made for straight audiences. Boy Erased is no different, but at least here that feels somewhat intentional.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
B+ 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It's sort of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy meets Casablanca, but condensed into an all-too-short 85-minute runtime.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
B- 79% Halloween (2018) In a few years, it'll be remembered fondly, but most will still go back to the original. ‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
B 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Defoe gives an appropriately huge performance as the film's subject, serving as a reminder that, while he may not give the most nuanced performances, the actor boasts an incredible screen presence as capable of tugging the heartstrings as instilling fear.‐ The Filtered Lens
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
9.5/10 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk is beaming with style and detail, but at its core, it's a mindful meditation on human beings seeking the greatest gift we can give each other -- love.‐ IGN Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018