For 69 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Skyfall
Lowest review score: 20 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 69
  2. Negative: 3 out of 69
69 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Populist fare from across the channel that will amply repay those ready to put the time in. The scenery, meanwhile, makes you want to run out and buy a timeshare.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Nods to "Hostel" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" make for a cine-literate affair further buffered by a smart cameo from erstwhile Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Marvel’s man with the mallet does all that’s required of him in a breakneck sequel that’s never dark for long. Next time, though, we’ll have more Loki and fewer elves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    This classy adap of a much-garlanded stage play will appeal to discerning audiences who can tolerate unpleasant characters with potty mouths if they're played by Oscar winners.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    It's a must see for fans of roar footage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Tamer than the book and not as funny, this is Salmon filleted. But McGregor and Blunt make fetching lovebirds, while Kristin Scott Thomas is off the scale in a rare comic outing.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Despite being as garish and manufactured as Perry's multi-coloured hair-don'ts, Part Of Me deserves kudos for allowing an element of unpredictability to intrude upon its tween exploitation and sugary vulgarity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Some will balk at Pinto's passivity, but Trishna again shows Winterbottom to be one of the few directors today who are liberated, rather than constricted, by classic literature.
    • 62 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Saluting both America's national pastime and its oldest working icon, Curve is a solid heart-tugger that plays with a straight bat when it comes to plot, character and message.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    A lavishly mounted re-telling that, for all its good intentions and visual wonders, can’t help seeming surplus to requirements.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    James DeMonaco’s blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Jaden Smith takes centre stage in a futuristic rites of passager that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. Although "Oblivion" narrowly remains this summer’s better ruined-Earth actioner.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Believably charts a girl’s coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Neatly juxtaposes the beauty of the landscape with the enmities it engenders.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Washington and Wahlberg are an effective double act in an intermittently exciting thriller with more twists than it needs. We’d love to see them partnered again, though perhaps as characters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Longer than OHF and just as daft, WHD makes for a more entertaining watch before succumbing to the same bombastic overkill.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Twists pile as high as corpses before an overcooked ending sends things spiraling into silliness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Fear falls short of fantastic yet it’s a decent effort that, like Pegg’s beard, proves to be something of a grower.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    A solid outing for a re-Bourne hero that could, with a few key tweaks, generate another round of vehicles for the Clancy cash cow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Just as bloody yet much more conventional, 300 #2 offers splashy thrills aplenty but fails to make a watertight case for its own existence. Green, however, ensures it stays afloat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Director Arnaud des Pallières lends a bleak austerity to the story, but with only one murky battle scene to quicken the blood it’s hardly a recipe for unbridled excitement.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    As implausible as the stars' gleaming choppers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    To borrow a line Roberts spits at Collins, there's something about Mirror that's incredibly irritating. Fingers crossed Huntsman has more edge.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    "Welcome to rock bottom!" sighs Hasselhoff at one stage, pretty much summing up this textbook exercise in sloppy seconds. Here's hoping the piranhas have a better agent than he does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    In a summer hardly starved of comic-book properties, this redundant extension of a series that ran out of gas a decade ago doesn't need a neuralyzer to be forgettable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    What [Bekmambetov] doesn't do is offer us any respite from his 3D CGI barrage, an assault on the senses that makes the bullet John Wilkes Booth fired into the real Abe's noggin seem calming by comparison.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    "I'm getting sick of this!" says Sigourney during one of Cold Light's many shoot-outs. Those tempted to give it the benefit of the doubt will swiftly reach the same conclusion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Affection for the characters will bring fans in. But many will leave wishing the makers of one of the most enjoyable programmes of recent years had left well enough alone.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    "What are you going to do?" wails Maggie. "What I do best!" growls Liam. Yet while it's fun to watch him take out the Eurotrash, we've seen him do it better.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Sadly, any hopes Mark Tonderai's US follow-up to 2008's "Hush" could have some "Cabin In The Woods"-style surprises up its sleeve are swiftly dashed as its talented lead is reduced to being just another scantily clad babe getting stalked by a psycho.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Bickering turns to bonding over the course of a predictable affair that only comes to life during a Texan steak-eating contest that has Babs ingest a mountain of meat.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    “That was exciting!” says Willis after he and Courtney survive a 20-storey leap through a plate glass window. “Want to go again?” Frankly, Bruce, we’re fine to leave it here.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    The doltish, messy and frequently incoherent result bears all the hallmarks of a botched and compromised endeavour.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Can’t decide if it’s a broad farce or a poignant portrait. Small wonder then, that it falls short on both counts, failing to earn either Bridesmaids-sized laughs or nods of recognition.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    The final showdown whisks up the requisite excitement, but the open-ended coda feels like an optimistic throw of the dice from the franchise showing meagre signs of Harry Potter longevity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn’t stop Justin Zackham’s (The Big Wedding) contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    Though it’s good to see Michelle Pfeiffer married to the mob again, she alone can’t redeem a lumbering farce that takes an unpleasantly sadistic glee in violence, murder and intimidation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Neil Smith
    A serious subject receives a simplistic treatment in an ill-conceived thriller in which the emotive (and timely) issue of honour killings becomes just another plot device.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 20 Neil Smith
    That every jibe lands woefully wide is no surprise, though we’ll give leading lady Ashley Tisdale credit for giving her all to a film that mercifully won’t be around long enough to do any lasting damage to her post-High School Musical career.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Neil Smith
    The Big Wedding isn’t telling a story so much as selling a lifestyle – one that, rather like Heigl’s morning sickness, makes you want to vomit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Neil Smith
    It’s the same sappy drivel as before.