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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Look into the eyes of My Father Die, and you’ll see honesty. Never once does writer/director Sean Brosnan go out of his way to present “revenge” as a worthwhile venture, as he evokes the beastly nature of such drastic measures.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    It may be messy, but the parts that matter go for broke with breakneck ambition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Split is never as clever or poignant as it thinks it is, but James McAvoy won't let it be forgotten, either.
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    • 30 Matt Donato
    The Snare is so without substance that you might not even remember watching it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    Pitchfork is defined by a country dance sequence with full boot-stomping choreography - not a great sign for a horror movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Keaton’s hazy wading through Kroc’s McDonald’s takeover is a dynamic performance that drives moral emptiness, but remains so poisonously watchable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    The Abandoned is a steadfast and creepy haunted flick, until the final five minutes sink the entire production. It'll work for some, but sadly not for most.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Odar does his best to manipulate Las Vegas’ seedy underbelly (City of Sin, after all), but so much of Sleepless feels like recycled, seen-it-before action genre gristle. The stuff you chew while hoping a little fatty goodness is left.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Attack Of The Lederhosen Zombies doesn't quite live up to its eye-catching name, but still offers enough undead snowboarding mayhem worth a horror laugh.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Donato
    The Bye Bye Man is an unfathomably inept horror film; one that’s an obvious byproduct of The Babadook/It Follows brand of horror success. It is, without apology, one of the emptiest, nonsensical haunted thrillers ever to fail genre audiences.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Ben Browder's follow-up to Bad Kids Go To Hell is less stylized and more generic, even with the same private-school mean streak.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Monster Trucks is a weird, wacky ride that's made better by its sense of good-natured, juvenile fun (for the most part).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    This is dirty, abusive, sticky, heartfelt (?), enlightened (??), intellectual (???), deranged, offensive, damningly provocative filmmaking at its…most…unhinged?
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Underworld: Blood Wars is the kind of mainstream horror I want to champion, but lackluster technical aspects nullify Kate Beckinsale's kick-ass performance.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    The Ardennes may be saturated in dark blues and snow-covered blankness, but it burns with bright fury as Robin Pront inches closer to his film’s inevitable breaking point.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Railroad Tigers is an action epic that wants to be a comedic goofball, as it fumbles both aspects when trying to meld them together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    A Monster Calls gets off to a rocky start, but once Neeson's talking tree starts spouting tales of wisdom, everything tightens as the tears start flowing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matt Donato
    There are two movies here, neither of which are given a chance to develop into something worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    The Autopsy of Jane Doe is an age-old story of family horror that benefits from an approach focused on dark whimsy instead of typical genre jumps.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    With Patriots Day, Peter Berg translates national tragedy to cinema screens with power and purpose for the second time this year – yet the question for many is with wounds still healing, do we really need to be subjected to recreations of a hateful act still fresh in our nation’s history?
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Collateral Beauty is a Hallmark tear-jerker in the worst way, so out of tune with human emotion that it almost becomes satire.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Rogue One makes up for a shaky first act by punching into overdrive for an outstanding third act battle sequence that overwhelms in scale and intensity.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Donato
    Why Him? plays a fairly one-note game that gets tiresome halfway through, which is sadly still better than most comedies put out this year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    You'll want to call Slash a "romantic comedy," but that wouldn't do justice to all the social norm blurring that's more about important relationships than a goofy love story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Donato
    Beyond The Games plays to the nostalgia crowd instead of adopting 21st century scares, but still finds a way to explore untapped VHS potential.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Obvious and sometimes aggravating no doubt, but still effective in raising blood pressure given a backstory so instilled with old-school cultism.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Donato
    Abattoir feels like it should still have an "Under Construction" sign warning viewers of the unfinished business to come.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Donato
    Office Christmas Party is a naughty Xmas comedy stuffed with enough ho-ho-hos and ha-ha-has to corrupt this holiday season.

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