Matthew Rozsa


Matthew Rozsa
Matthew Rozsa's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Salon.com
Publications: Salon.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It is instead that rarity - a sequel that is both better than the original and manages to retroactively improve that movie. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
1.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Attending the movies should not come with homework assignments, and if a film only works if you study its backstory in advance, there is something terribly wrong. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The expression "more of the same" isn't always what artists want to hear, but for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" it is very good news indeed. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/4 69% Unbreakable (2000) "Unbreakable" is likely to stand the test of time as long as stories about superheroes - or heroes in general - are still sought by scared, suffering human beings. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/4 36% Glass (2019) It is a successful movie on its own terms and an ideal closing chapter to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) "Bumblebee" does hold up as a fun, family-appropriate movie on its own terms, and redeems its beleaguered franchise in the process. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) While DCEU heroes like Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman were unbearably solemn, it is easy to see that Momoa is having a blast in the lead role. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It is more an experiment than an actual film. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) A conceit that could have been charming instead comes across as crass. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
0/4 12% Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002) There aren't enough creative Yiddish insults in the world to adequately express how much I hate Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) There was a great movie in "Creed II," one that peeked out every now and then beneath the suffocating blanket of clichés. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) I am happy to say that the misogynists' worst fears were realized. This is very much a movie whose female characters are equal to their male counterparts... - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
3.5/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) "The Front Runner" comes along at a particularly relevant time in American political history. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) In other words, like [Brad] Jones, I agree that this is the best Michael Myers-based "Halloween" movie since 1981's "Halloween II." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 100% CinemAbility (2018) "CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion" tells a Hollywood story that has long been overlooked. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/4 29% Venom (2018) Certainly I'm in a minority when it comes to my fellow critics, but I liked "Venom." Hell, if it wasn't for the sloppy and formulaic script, I might have even loved it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) By overly relying on jump scares, "The Nun" uses a mechanical approach toward instilling fear rather than a more profound understanding of terror. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
0.5/4 No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006) It's still reasonably entertaining if efficiently made action films are your bag, though. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 32% The Predator (2018) Amid this cavalcade of slightly-above-mediocrity, there is the issue I mentioned earlier: The film's, um, interesting ideas about autism. (Full disclosure: I am autistic myself.) - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2/4 22% The Happytime Murders (2018) I've been on "Sesame Street." I know Elmo. Cookie Monster is a friend of mine. "Happytime Murders," you're no "Sesame Street" . . . and you're not "Avenue Q" either. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Say what you will about "Avengers: Infinity War," but at least its story took risks. "Fallout" offers a highly predictable form of fun -- although it's still fun. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) "Star Wars" is not "Breaking Bad," and the same narrative tricks that worked for the latter feel jarringly out of place in the former. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Aside from a few flourishes of aesthetic inventiveness and a single moment of genuine wonder, "Ant-Man and The Wasp" doesn't do very much with its premise. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) This is without question the best "Jurassic Park" sequel - smart, scary, and even emotionally powerful. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3.5/4 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Do you remember when superhero movies were light-hearted popcorn fare instead of overwrought epics? "The Incredibles 2," which is absolutely delightful, recalls that time. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
1.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Whenever "Star Wars" tries to develop one of the franchise's key characters, it whiffs. "Solo" is no exception, a disappointment on par with "The Last Jedi" and the prequels. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
3.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Just as Robert Downey, Jr. has become the definitive Iron Man, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. It's the role he was born to play and whenever he's on screen, the movie's inner classic shines forth. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't just a gussied-up mediocrity being widely mistaken for a good movie. It's also, at least arguably, a dangerous movie for anyone who cares about the future of American cinema. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/4 69% Paterno (2018) It hits home not only because the crimes it profiles are so heinous, so unconscionable, but because the entire subject is so agonizingly relevant today. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2.5/4 17% Death Wish (2018) In that limited sense, "Death Wish" is a success, albeit one that action fans should wait to see on Netflix. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
4/4 97% Black Panther (2018) When it comes to creative visuals, engaging action and likable characters, "Black Panther" stands confidently next to the best fare offered up by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3.5/4 77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It strikes the balance between referencing its nostalgic origins without being obnoxious or obsequious in doing so. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2017
2/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) This isn't the story of Barnum's life, but a formulaic rags-to-riches story grafted onto the broad outlines of Barnum's career as a circus entrepreneur. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Saving Capitalism (2017) He no doubt intended to make a provocative film that would inspire its viewers to become activists for socioeconomic justice. Instead, this is a movie that conservatives should embrace as a huge favor to their cause. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3.5/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Audiences seem to be smart enough these days to know a good movie when they see it, and to avoid a bad flick despite Hollywood's best efforts to pull a fast one on them. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
2/4 35% Jigsaw (2017) Which brings us to "Jigsaw," which fails for very much the same reasons as "The Mummy" - It was made to launch a franchise rather than because it was actually about something. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2017
1.5/4 16% Friend Request (2017) The characters aren't as obnoxious and unlikable as the ones in "Smiley" and "Unfriended," but then again, bland and forgettable is only a marginally preferable alternative. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
4/4 85% It (2017) I'm writing this not so much as a critic but as an ordinary moviegoer, experiencing Proustian transport via an old-fashioned scary movie executed by a team of filmmakers and actors at the top of their game. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/4 88% All the Way (2016) Beneath the melodrama of the maneuvering for power, there are millions of ordinary human beings who depend on the right outcome. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/4 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) "Brigsby Bear" is a funny, oddly touching look at the pros and cons of millennials' tendency to obsess over pop culture. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2017
3/4 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Would I still recommend "An Inconvenient Sequel"? Sure, although I doubt there is much one could glean from this movie that couldn't be obtained by rewatching "An Inconvenient Truth." - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) If "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is to be judged solely on its ability to unite a diverse audience behind a fun motion picture, it seems to have succeeded wildly. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 90% Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) It's fair to say that "Pirates of Silicon Valley" established the standard that all worthy movies about the computer revolution will need to follow. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 69% 1776 (1972) With "1776," political struggles that took place nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago feel as fresh and immediate as the political struggles of today. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Who would have thought one of the deepest films ever made about learning disabilities would star a talking blue fish? - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/4 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It is one of the best movies to ever come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, balancing engaging action set pieces and witty dialogue with intelligent character studies and ethical debates. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Based on the screening I attended, I can attest that audiences seemed to genuinely enjoy the jokes and get swept up in the action sequences. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 74% Ghostbusters (2016) It aims to be a good family film for the summer movie season, and it fits right in with the buttery popcorn I ate while watching it. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It is without question an important film today, and a quintessential product of the America we inhabit. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
0/4 15% The Mummy (2017) It feels less like a movie than a series of compromises worked out by a corporate committee. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017