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.

Sebastian Zavala Kahn

Matinee is a little-seen, charming comedy that's both a love letter to old-school movie theatres and schlocky, exploitative monster movies from the 50s.

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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.

Christopher Machell

Something of a forgotten gem, 1993's Matinee sits between Gremlins and Toy Soldiers in director Joe Dante's oeuvre.

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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.

Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

This celebration of art over war is the closest thing Gremlins director Joe Dante has to a lost masterpiece.

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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.

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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.