For 315 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Donato's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Ready or Not
Lowest review score: 20 Army of One
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 315
315 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Bloodshot shoots to kill, but with the accuracy of a Stormtrooper - off the mark and leaving much to be desired.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    From start to finish, Fantasy Island is lacking wicked wonderment and poignant reboot vocality. You'd be best off skipping it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Gretel & Hansel is a full course meal when it comes to cinematography and production design, but the sleepy, hollow narrative pacing is just too stogy to overcome.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Grudge feels like "just another remake," which is a shame with such a previously style-forward director at the helm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker suffers the misfortune of having a director who cares more about digging up a franchise's past than moving forward with an original story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Doctor Sleep is a conflicted and unwieldy sequel attempting to unite worlds (King and Kubrick) while telling an original story from yet another filmmaker's viewpoint (Flanagan) that never blends together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Terminator: Dark Fate is a good Terminator franchise entry by comparison, but still falls into many of the pitfalls that modern reboots/remakes/sequels struggle to sidestep when balancing nostalgia with hyper-CGI action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Zombieland: Double Tap winks and nudges its way through a long-time-coming sequel, but earns its survival badges when cracking wits around new casts of characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    47 Meters Down is still the alpha of this franchise pack, but Uncaged's stealth "slasher but with sharks" structure is an approved and entertaining surprise.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Your enjoyment of Child's Play will depend on if "Chucky 2.0" is funny enough for your horror comedy tastes, because without investment in Kaslan's "Buddi," there's not much to appreciate beyond a few gnarly slasher deaths.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Dark Phoenix takes arguably the most heavily thematic X-Men comic arc and delivers the most dully procedural, chopped-to-bits cinematic franchise entry in Fox’s mutant canon.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters lays many a colossal Kaiju smackdown, but human arcs crumble under the heavy weights of those 'Zilla-sized behemoths they're forced to shoulder.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Ma
    Ma is a showcase for Octavia Spencer's ability to turn her typecasted traits into utterly disturbing obsession destabilization, but the film's less potent genre punch never lives up to its main character's psychotic allure.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Hellboy feels editorially chopped to bits, tonally disjointed and created from clashing perspectives that make for the type of "dark, gritty" reboot that misunderstands why certain "dark, gritty" reboots end up working.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Captain Marvel is a recorded mixtape of familiar MCU beats that sets Carol Danvers up for success, but as a period standalone, struggles to be anything we haven't yet seen from superhero cinema.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Once Upon A Deadpool supports the worthiest of causes, but "PG-13 Deadpool 2" is a much duller, hacked-up sequel than this year's *already inflated* R-rated release.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is two-plus overstuffed hours worth of too many characters fighting for screen time that no enchantment can salvage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Hellraiser: Judgment is a stuffy police procedural masquerading as a torturous Pinhead franchise entry.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Predator guts and slashes its way to gory sci-fi mediocrity, but is further failed by abysmal pacing that loses characters, subplots and interest along the way.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Scares are often on the generic side (pitch-black doorway, hand reaches out), and while some wild effects work enjoys the zanier side of Hell’s mouth opening up to spit venom across Earth’s surface, it’s missing the masterfully torturous tone that Wan’s universe otherwise aims for.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    The First Purge doubles-down on bloody opposition against true-to-life societal fears, but abandons the subtlety needed to prevent Gerard McMurray’s prequel from becoming anything more than hateful retribution.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    How does a movie about the galaxy's most dashingly roguish outlaw end up being the safest Star Wars to date?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Wildling may swerve last-minute into a less dense finale, but Bel Powley's performance is worth this fierce and untamed coming-of-self arc that's so exquisitely female-centered.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Never does Soderbergh’s projection strike me as B-movieness or popcorn entertainment. His mix of arthouse iPhone Hollywood and downplayed character accentuation (by way of misrepresented screen shrinkage) makes for a thriller that fails to spike excitement via a villain who’s always right where he has to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Ready Player One isn’t slick enough a commentary worth getting riled up about or distracting enough to hide glaring structural issues underneath a barrage of “HEY I KNOW THEM!” cameos like dangling keys in front of a dog.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Us And Them might be a little slighter than expected, but Jack Roth's charismatic fire-starter has enough anarchistic anger to appreciate.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    The Strangers: Prey At Night is a feature-length homage to Carpenter's best, and albeit familiar in structure, Johannes Roberts' execution strikes with brute ferocity.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Quite simply, it’s impossible to “enjoy” a film that makes you feel even worse about the society we live in – especially when it’s so gobsmackingly unaware itself.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Cloverfield Paradox is a monster-sized misfire that feels disconnected from the franchise it’s crashing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Winchester is a familiar haunted house shuffle about an infinitely more interesting topic, but you must play with the hand you're dealt - win, lose or draw.

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