Matt Neal


Matt Neal
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is like a wounded magpie - it's close to flying but is distracted too often by shiny, fast-moving things. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
3.5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Buoyed by a strong latter half and solid performances from Jones and Hammer, but let down by a patchy start and an inability to be as groundbreaking as its subject. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) There is a void at the centre of this film where there needed to be some heart. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) Could a Netflix movie win the best film Oscar come February 24? You better believe it. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt (is) the perfect Poppins for this whimsy-filled throwback to a bygone Disney era. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) If there was one film to sum up the hit-and-mostly-miss nature of the DCEU, it's Aquaman. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) The film is like a cool car with a charismatic driver at the wheel ... (that regularly) turns into a robot that's not as interesting. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Its hyperactive style and cartoonish plot will put some off, but this utterly enjoyable slice of superhero hyperbole is a sugar rush that's actually good for you. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) A blend of diamonds and dirt that makes the whole thing a middling experience. There's never a spark to light the film, or rather when there is, a damp squib puts it out. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) If this is indeed Rocky's last time ringside, it's a solid if predictable farewell to one of American cinema's most enduring characters. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It's near-impossible to guess what the Coens will do next. One can only hope that it's as good as The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's a hot mess. The Crimes Of Grindelwald suffers from an excess of ideas but no solid narrative to hold them together. Easily the worst film of the franchise. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Foy's Salander is a good one, certainly on par with Rapace's and Rooney Mara's, but she's stuck in a film that is sadly lacking heart and soul. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) We can bitch and whine about what's not here ... or we can sit back and enjoy the way it honours Mercury and Queen. I would much prefer to do the latter. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 79% Halloween (2018) I found myself being more appreciative of the filmmakers' efforts to recapture the vibe of the original than entertained or scared by the film itself. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) With the power of its music and its two leads (plus some nice support), A Star Is Born is a worthy retread of a well-worn path. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) For the most part this is good fun, but Bad Times At The El Royale doesn't quite check out. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) On the back of the remarkable one-two jazz combo of Whiplash and La La Land, (Chazelle) has aimed for the heavens and scored a rare hat-trick. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) The sad truth is that Venom feels like the shameless cash-in many feared it would be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot looks great, sounds good, and is thoroughly and thoughtfully entertaining across its brisk running time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) As the mystery begins to unravel, so does the film. A tone that was already wavering gets some serious wobbles, and by the end, all of its flaws are on display. - The Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) Saved by its "Loonies" and its laughs, The Predator is hoping to be the start of a whole new Predator saga (but) that's wishful thinking. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It deserves all the kudos it can get for its representation of Asian people (but) more than that it deserves to be seen because it's a fun, well-made romance. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's a shame there isn't more hilarity or noirish style to this ambitious cult-classic-in-waiting. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) I'm as much a fan of big-dumb-fun movies as the next man-child, The Meg is mostly just big-dumb. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) This one will be remembered as "the one with the helicopter chase". Which is an insanely awesome sequence, by the way. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
5/5 91% Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003) City Of God is the very definition of cinematic lightning in a bottle. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3.5/5 90% The Breaker Upperers (2018) The bad scenes are overwhelmed by the good, the laughs outweigh the mis-steps, the characters are great, and Sami and van Beek do an excellent job. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) The meme-worthy crane jump sums it up - yeah, it's ridiculous, but it's edge-of-your-seat stuff that somehow works if you're willing to go along for the ride. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 80% What We Started (2018) The documentary What We Started aims to be "the defining film of the electronic music genre" and, for now, it is. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Ant-Man & The Wasp is funny and fun but a little too wrapped up and tripped up by its quantum entanglement of plots to be truly great. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
2.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom manages a few moments of visual showmanship that almost help pave over the clunky script and the feeling this is the runt of the dino litter. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
4/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 is well worth the wait... (another) super-smart breakdown of family dynamics that just so happens to be wearing a superhero costume. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) A fun crime caper that's cool and breezy, like all fun crime capers should be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 85% Tully (2018) Clever yet sincere, a masterful Theron performance, and it balances it light and shade pretty well. Just don't see it if you're thinking about having kids. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It doesn't achieve greatness, but it's certainly not the disappointment many expected it to be. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3.5/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It can't match its predecessor for originality, but the Merc With The Mouth once again brings the mirth. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 79% Breath (2018) Baker is to be commended for bringing this story to the big screen and delivering it so well... One of the better Aussie films in recent years. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) Life Of The Party is so predictable and cliched that it becomes boring, and it's more the shame that McCarthy can't get this party started. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) For fans, this is the pay-off you've been waiting for, which is saying something. It's the most epic MCU film to date. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
1.5/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) I'm not a woman - and therefore I'm not the target audience - but I reckon most women would be perplexed by what's on display here. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) If this is the type of film we can expect from Netflix in the future, then Cannes might want to rethink their rules. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) Rampage is good at exactly what it sets out to be good at, and that is to unleash three giant mutated animals (and The Rock) on the city of Chicago. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The most innovative horror film since The Blair Witch Project. The unbeatable frontrunner for scary movie of the year. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
5/5 96% Chasing Ice (2012) Orlowski's documentary is brilliant because of the wondrous way it shows a worldwide story and a personal one at the same time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) It's unlikely to find its way in to a Spielberg top 10, but nonetheless it's another crowdpleaser from the master. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3.5/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Within the first five minutes of Pacific Rim Uprising, it is already a hundred times better than its predecessor. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) In this, del Toro asks "what if the monster got the girl?". It's a strange question with weird answers, but one he poses with beauty, delicacy and intelligence. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
2/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander deserves a go at playing the role in a better film but if this is the best anyone can offer third time around, then Lara Croft should stick to the consoles. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
5/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) Wake In Fright gets beneath Australia's skin and stares into a dark heart that was hidden beneath the ochre dust and boozy bonhomie. One of the greatest Aussie films of all time. - ABC Radio (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018