Matthew Bond


Matthew Bond
Matthew Bond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Mail (UK) The Mail on Sunday (UK)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Set in the New York of the early Sixties, it has a slow, almost theatrical feel, and while it may have struggled for relevance... it certainly has it now. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's a tad predictable but genuinely shocking and well acted. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's still clever but the pace is so fast it's hard to keep up with the gags, and despite a star-packed voice cast, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that everything, while still good, is not quite as awesome as it once was. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) It's not every film that gets an extra star simply for the quality of its visual effects, but then it's not every film that is directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 76% All Is True (2018) [All Is True] is an ambitious attempt to turn the older Shakespeare into a real man by exploring the juxtaposition between creative genius and human fallibility. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 80% Love Sonia (2018) It's not an enjoyable watch but it's well made, authentic-feeling and very powerful thanks to fine performances from a cast led by Mrunal Thakur. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Look out for a lot of overacting and a really annoying twist. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 45% Second Act (2018) Lopez, who spends most of the film with her cleavage set on stun, is good at this sort of thing and gets particularly effective support from both her underwiring and from Leah Remini, playing her splendidly foul-mouthed best friend. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule is both surprisingly watchable and touchingly good, with Eastwood...on impressive form, both in front of and behind the camera. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) The intended subversive laughs are few and far between. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) No, the real problem is the seemingly endless round of male characters of middling importance, the list of which just seems to go, confusingly, on and on and on. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet London Unplugged (2018) The short film needs all the help it can get, so it's good to see this collection of London-based shorts being so effectively linked. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) I didn't warm to the way Belgian director Felix van Groeningen jumps backwards and forwards in time, but there's no mistaking the grim overall direction of travel, and Carell and Chalamet...are both excellent. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Unfortunately the story, which sees Sarah Paulson playing a hospital psychiatrist who specialises in treating 'those individuals who believe they are superheroes', isn't a great one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) The screenplay is genuinely clever and funny, but those battle scenes are interminable. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) One of its central themes couldn't be more out of step with current times. But you can't help but be impressed by Carell's ability to make Hogancamp someone you can empathise with. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) With its 18th-century foppery, baroque soundtrack and uncompromisingly clever repartee, it will be too rich a cake for some. But it has three of the best female acting performances you'll see [this year]. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) [Papillon] really isn't bad, helped by a convincing sense of place, decent production values and a terrific supporting performance from Rami Malek. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) This is a clever, shocking and darkly funny horror movie - until Danish film-maker Lars von Trier eventually goes too far for mainstream audiences...as he nearly always does. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 65% Lizzie (2018) Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in a drama that proves slow and austere until the blood-spattered last lap. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a superbly animated picture that takes Spider-Man right back to his comic-book origins. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) It falls horribly flat, hampered by duff casting, a clumsily structured screenplay and too many reminders of Star Wars. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It left me weary and water-logged. Blub-blub. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) Surviving Christmas With The Relatives looks promisingly like the British Christmas comedy we're all waiting for. Sadly, after an underwhelming hour or so, we discover it isn't. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 96% Roma (2018) Told through the impassive eyes of a live-in maid, it's the slow-moving and apparently autobiographical story of a middle-class family enduring earthquakes, bad parking and marital separation. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The real-life name-checks are a little irritating...and the film is a good 15 minutes too long, but the script is a step up from the original and helped by a brilliantly funny Disney princess scene. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) What ensues is enjoyably rooted in sentiment, genre stereotype and Rocky mythology, but does drag a little between the brutal but brilliantly staged fight scenes. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Weisz is to be congratulated, not just on her central performance, but on backing a film that provides a seemingly convincing glimpse of what goes on within one of Britain's most reserved of religious groupings. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) [White Boy Rick] is decently acted, it's overlong and struggles to say anything particularly new. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Boots Riley...delivers a social comedy that is satirical, surreal and, thankfully, at times very funny indeed. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & The Gun has to go down as a success, and 'a must' for anyone with a serious interest in Redford's long and remarkable career. If this is the Sundance Kid's swansong, it's certainly a good one. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) Craig Revel Horwood plays an impresario who wants to make it all about Herod, which is tasteless but quite funny. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 100% Back to Berlin (2018) With stops at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka along the way, the stories told are powerful, horrific and cautionary. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) It's a clever idea but its stylish and wickedly enjoyable execution is even better. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) A perfectly decent job [Foy] does. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) I ended up really enjoying it...and looking forward to the sequel we are clearly being prepared for. Sherwood Forest and all. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
1/5 11% Siberia (2018) [Siberia] is one of the most slow-moving and tedious diamond-smuggling thrillers you'll never see. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 35% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back) is a misfiring black comedy. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 64% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a technically exquisite remake of Dario Argento's classic Italian horror film of 1977 and clearly a labour of love for its director, Luca Guadagnino. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This feels like one big Rowling film too far, and the moment I fell out of love with her sprawling magical universe. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Squadron 303 (Dywizjon 303) (2018) For all its excellent flying sequences, it may struggle here, hampered by a slightly confusing timeline and a far from flattering - or particularly convincing - depiction of we Brits. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife...feels like one of those films you expect to be brilliant only to realise halfway through that it's merely OK. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Grinch (2018) This is a film that stubbornly refuses to come to real life, with Cindy Lou rounding up her gang in a way that never really grips or entertains and smacks a little too much of Charlie Brown. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 80% Overlord (2018) Only suitable for battle-hardened genre specialists and those with a strong stomach. Don't say you haven't been warned. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 100% Nae Pasaran (2018) If it's working-class heroes you're after, you're better off with Nae Pasaran, an unexpectedly moving documentary. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
1/5 63% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo is an unwatchable Mike Leigh film about the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 that's burdened with a surfeit of speeches and some terrible acting. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% Mirai (2018) Mirai is a lovely Japanese animation about sibling rivalry, parenting and magically-passed-on wisdom. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 42% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) It takes a while to find its stride as fracking begins in the grounds of the frightfully posh Slaughterhouse School but is very funny - and spectacularly gory - once it does. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Not so much a romcom as a bittersweet romance with funny bits, Juliet, Naked is a delicious adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Some of the plotting is a little clunky but the acting is wonderful, with Viola Davis on sparkling form as Harry's resourceful widow, Veronica. - The Mail on Sunday (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018