For 205 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Farran Smith Nehme's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Blancanieves
Lowest review score: 0 No One Lives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 205
205 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    There are some bright one-liners in the beginning, but the comedy/drama mix is an uneasy one, especially considering the shabby way the film treats McKenna, as a tart who’s just there to improve some yuppie sex lives.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    Full of appealing actors mugging like crazy, it’s got amusing moments, but the overstuffed visuals suffocate real emotion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    This morbid, cruel movie seems leached of all things that might inadvertently give viewers pleasure.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    Now, here’s the trilogy’s second installment, in which the jolly Austrian makes it clear that women of a certain age do not have his permission to overdo it with religion, either.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    Colin Firth plays a real-life investigator whom the script renders as noble as Atticus Finch. Reese Witherspoon does haunting work as a victim’s mom. But the stately pace and the faultless art direction add to the impression that truth was not only stranger, but more dramatic.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    It’s all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    Consistently stale but not altogether unpleasant.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Farran Smith Nehme
    The film is full of baffling choices, like the EKG machine that beeps for the first 40 minutes, so loud and so maddening that the great words barely register. Mumblecore is not a good look for Ibsen.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Eckhart’s another matter. He’s adequate, but there is something about his raspy voice and WASPy body language that’s more in tune with being the bad guy at the board meeting than the hero racing through the train station.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Clip hurts your eyes, but if it’s supposed to hurt your heart, it misses the mark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    It’s not a documentary, it isn’t entertainment, and aside from Chung’s intelligent, dignified performance, this sure as heck isn’t art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Seidl sternly rejects nuance. All the women are crude and insensitive, all the men are desperate and exploited. Despite copious full-frontal nudity, it’s an unrelievedly puritanical and didactic film.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    It’s a scrappy, unpretentious movie, with nicely calibrated pacing, but there’s no logic, little motivation and above all, no personalities.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    It is a remarkably unattractive-looking movie. I don’t know when people voted that the seasick look of an iPhone video is now a desirable style.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Set in the drab suburbs of Paris, The Stroller Strategy doesn’t even offer pretty backdrops.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    First Comes Love seems punishingly long. It’s no more visually arresting than anybody else’s home movies, and the film’s creator fails to connect her subset of Manhattan privilege to anyone or anything other than herself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    A movie about bisexuals sounds fresh and fun on paper, but a sensitive acoustic song under the opening credits shows exactly where The Happy Sad is going. Deadly earnestness and sex don’t mix well at the movies.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Director Annette Haywood-Carter films the proceedings with a sepia-tinged prettiness, but this is a Southern “Downton Abbey,” minus the loopy plot turns and wisecracks that make that series so addictive.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    The most distressing bad choice in CBGB, a movie entirely composed from them, is that those brilliant songs are repurposed studio recordings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Juliette Binoche, as Claudel, is occasionally touching, but as soon as interest flares, the movie suffocates it via endless takes of her suffering through daily chores.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Farran Smith Nehme
    Carl Kranz, as a possibly autistic boy enamored of Natalia, offers his scenes some heart. But Soft in the Head is drab, ramshackle stuff — up in everyone’s face, and finding very little there.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 12 Farran Smith Nehme
    Molly’s Theory of Relativity is anti-cinema. All hope for any plot atrophies as Molly and her husband discuss their possible move to Norway with the wit and passion of a representative reading a tribute to Calvin Coolidge into the Congressional Record.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 Farran Smith Nehme
    So unspeakably dull that it can’t even offend, save when the filmmakers have the almighty nerve to quote Alfred Hitchcock and Jonathan Demme. It would be far better to rip off a William Castle movie, and aim for a level they have a prayer of actually hitting.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 0 Farran Smith Nehme
    Sirius requires a religious faith in the notion that the same government that can barely get it together to raise the debt ceiling can suppress all evidence of aliens, via means such as engineering 9/11 as a distraction when Greer got too close to proving his case.