For 72 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 20 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 72
  2. Negative: 3 out of 72
72 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Breathlessly tense, thrillingly orchestrated and intellectually complex, this damn fine piece of rigorous, meticulous filmmaking enhances Kathryn Bigelow's status as one of her generation's most accomplished directors.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Neil Smith
    One great British artist pays tribute to another in a lengthy but rewarding homage that boasts a titanic turn at its centre. Rarely has watching paint dry been so fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Neil Smith
    The H2O theme fits in with the main feature, its tale of a clownfish searching for his son constituting Pixar’s most effective amalgam of comedy, artistry and emotional pull.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Squeezing every drop of tension from wet-ink recent history, Phillips only falters when making its protagonists mouthpieces in a broader geopolitical debate. Otherwise, it’s full steam ahead to the Oscars.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Charming, poignant and often very funny, Baumbach and Gerwig’s latest collaboration is a joyous portrait of an unformed personality that should strike chords of recognition in all who watch it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    The results – achieved through small cameras clipped to nets, masts and the crew – will hook some and induce seasickness in others.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    No
    “We have to find a product that’s appealing to people!” says Garcia Bernal at one point. And that’s just what Larraín’s created with this Latin spin on "Mad Men."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Neil Smith
    The Daniel Craig era comes of age with a ballsy Bond that takes brave chances and bold risks. Guess what? Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    It's perfectly possible to like the title character of Lauren Greenfield's documentary – Jackie Siegel – while detesting everything she represents: grotesque financial inequality, jaw-dropping ignorance and appalling bad taste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    A feel-good charmer with an important message, Pride will have you clutching your sides, wiping your eyes and punching the air in triumph.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Though we'd love to see how Aardman handle Defoe's followup, An Adventure With Communists, this amiable but overstretched diversion is unlikely to spawn a Caribbean franchise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Green fashions a slow-burn charmer that’s a million miles from Pineapple Express in tone, pace and content. But just like that film, the odd couple interplay is beautifully judged.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Soderbergh lets his hair down with a frank, funny dramedy that bulges with humour, heart and smarts as McConaughey gives it everything he's got, in a potentially gong-grabbing turn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Forceful and arresting, Ayer's follow-up to "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings" sees him confidently playing to his strengths.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths. A marked improvement overall on this year’s other Quartet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Though more forgiving than previous Solondz films, Dark Horse is too slight to herald a wholesale change of direction. Yet it's still worth catching, if only for Walken's terrible toupee.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Jordan’s apparent resolve to make an anti-Twilight unfortunately results in a movie that, if not for a fistful of moments of shock, style and excess, would be as drained of colour and tension as Ronan’s victims are of hemoglobin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Pixar falls back on the tried and tested in an entertaining caper that will be a surefire kid pleaser this summer. Old favourites are always welcome, but it would have been nice to see some more new ideas too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    As cozy as a mug of Horlicks inside an electric blanket, Hoffman's film couldn't offend if it tried. Age, however, has yet to wither its veterans' undimmed star appeal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Veteran French actor Bouquet brings a lifetime of experience to his arthritic old master, though, while the frequently unclad Theret captivates and exasperates in equal measure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Jan Ole Gerster’s deceptively slender character study has a complex undertow, subtly linking its wallflower anti-hero’s acceptance of his failings with his country’s wider atonement for its World War II past.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Pimped, primped and dressed to the nines, Joe Wright's Tols-toy story looks the business. Like a disappointing Christmas present, though, the pleasure quickly evaporates once you remove the shiny paper.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Stirring and striking, Hooper's epic musical won't be wanting for awards and plaudits. Danny Cohen's cinematography is stunning and Hathaway's Oscar is guaranteed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    It's a must see for fans of roar footage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    2 Days is a sparky, crowd-cheering gem buoyed by Julie Delpy's smart writing and Adam Goldberg's tart whining. Less swoony than Linklater's "Before Sunrise/Sunset," but Delpy nails the relationship humour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Assured if not inspired, Legacy keeps the Bourne engine ticking over without reaching top gear. The action's accomplished and Renner's fine. Without Matt Damon, however, it feels like a placeholder.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    It’s a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine’s first solo outing. Unlike Origins, the storytelling is more sharply focused here, ignited by flashes of stylised superheroism.

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