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 Guardians of the Galaxy
Lowest review score: 20 The Bye Bye Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 315
315 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    12 Years A Slave will beat you down emotionally, scene after scene, without any mercy - but that's just a testament to the brilliant direction, transformation-like performances, and unapologetic storytelling that elevates Steve McQueen's movie high above the masses.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    With tighter scripting, this’d be a masterpiece. As is? Christopher Nolan has produced a damn-fine picture that goes against most of what his catalog has become renowned for in a good, streamlined way.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    Delightful, inventive and deeply affecting, Inside Out embodies the very best of what Pixar has to offer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    It's hard not to anticipate many of Verhoeven's moves, but Isabella Huppert is too good to ignore in Elle.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Black Panther proves how representation can rejuvenate even the oldest superhero origin arcs, allowing Marvel a victory that still feels every bit a Ryan Coogler film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    Prepare to be turned-ghost pale by horrors of the mind, body and soul, unlike you’ve experienced in quite some time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a celebration of limitless creativity that honors comic book runs of the same freeing mentality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Mission: Impossible - Fallout is cocked, locked and ready to blow you away with more than just Henry Cavill's forearms.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    This is a movie about life. Bigger than love. Bigger than hope. Bigger than anything. Just life, and all its attempts to wear you down – and how you’ll never let it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Baby Driver proves why we should never doubt Edgar Wright's vision, because few filmmakers can back their ambition with such quality thrills.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    The Lure is powerful enough to cast an obsessive spell on anyone watching.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Get Out marries racial satire with a terrifying finale, one that tears down blinders that some may have kept conveniently in place. Don’t listen to those who say horror movies are defined by physical scares. Plots based on real-life fears typically make for the most horrifying scenarios.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is striking, stunning, visually hypnotizing, thrilling - everything "epic" about the famed franchise rolled into a tremendously overcharged start to Rian Johnson's Star Wars career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    A unique cherry blossom of a period piece finds its roots intertwined with an erotically-charged crime, set to shock and entrance viewers unaware of the free-spirited madness to follow. A cultural appropriation of submission, the male gaze and gender dominance, stretched until storytelling fabrics just begin to tear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    A Ghost Story leads you down a path that allows for personal reflection, which will either sooth lost souls or scare them away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Under The Shadow marries haunted horrors with period-piece importance for a deliciously dark ghost story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    While War for the Planet of the Apes's third act is a bit hairy, the sequel helps cement the franchise as one of the more exciting mainstream properties worth watching.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    John Krasinski orchestrates a loud and ferocious symphony of sonic scares that will assert A Quiet Place as one of the year's most terrorizing films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    The Love Witch is a seductive 60s time-capsule that calls back to the technicolor charms of early genre filmmaking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Arrival challenges viewers to a brainier sci-fi conundrum than they're used to, which makes for an intellectual breath of fresh air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    This is a masterpiece of woven ancestral roots and the importance of “familia,” confident in song and poetic in vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Jackie is Natalie Portman's show, and she never wastes an opportunity to dazzle as JFK's glamorous grieving widow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Us
    Us is an impressive and astonishingly hair-triggered sophomore feature squarely positioned to decimate genre audiences. It’s purposefully vague, but jam-packed with more memorable genre imagery and inquisitive discussion starters than most braindead by-the-book cinematic offerings beholden to formulaic blueprints.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Donato
    Visually, Moana shines like a diamond at night.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Lowlife is a dirt-nasty nonlinear debut for Ryan Prows, sewn together from vengeful, spite-driven tales of urban survival.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Good Time is just that and little more, but Robert Pattinson's performance deserves praise like "career-defining" and "best yet."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Donato
    The Endless is a masterful cinematic echo chamber with incomprehensible depth. You will feel, laugh and be forced to address emotions shared with all on-screen personalities.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    It’s broody and disciplined, soaked in the pungent style of foreign auteurs who molded Scorsese’s own love of film – yet overburdened by a downward spiral lacking fire and unforgiving features.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Fences is old-school Americana that's driven by dynamite performances all around, albeit a bit stuffy in nature.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Fifty Shades Darker is a befuddling, messy erotic "thriller" that shifts tones faster than audiences can keep up with.

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