Matinee (1992)

Set in the early 1960s, this comedy centers on a teen-age boy who befriends a charismatic, humorously overblown movie producer specializing in gimmick-filled horror films. Preparations for the premiere of the producer's latest opus… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, funny, and disarmingly sweet, Matinee is a film that film buffs will love -- and might even convert some non-believers.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A wonderful message about the power of the horror director, and what treasures they can bestow on their audiences.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A riot, and Joe Dante's most touchingly personal movie at the same time.

Scott Weinberg

An affectionate look back at old-school matinee moviegoing.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Uproarious comedy that film buffs should love.

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Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

Captures the spirit and joy of growing up on cheesy old horror movies. One of the best pieces of nostalgia ever made.

Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune

An unknown delight.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sharp and sharply observed period comedy with heart.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

A fun film. I wish they'd bring back some of the lost magic to 'B' movies.

Shane Burridge

What's great about MATINEE is how it introduces fantastic elements to an ordinary setting and weaves them so invisibly into the story

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
A feel-good, have-fun, don't-take-it-too-seriously, William-Castle kind of movie.
Lafe Fredbjornson
A good visit to 1961 small-town America childhood, mixed with the fear of atomic missiles approaching. John Goodman is a good showman, who puts on a hilariously… More
Cast: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Kellie Martin, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Jesse Lee Soffer, Lucinda Jenney, James Villemaire, Robert Picardo,… More
xGary Xx
John Goodman is easily the best thing about this Joe Dante film, which features his usual affectionate mix of B-movie homage and teenage coming of age. Not bad… More
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James Alvarez
Very boring and slow.