For 89 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Only Angels Have Wings
Lowest review score: 20 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 89
  2. Negative: 3 out of 89
89 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.
    • 94 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Neil Smith
    A prize-winning page-turner becomes a moving, harrowing and redemptive drama about the ties that bind a mother to her child. Be warned: one box of tissues may not be enough.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Neil Smith
    One of [Hawks'] finest pictures: a swoony saga of fatalistic flyboys and the women who try to keep their feet on the ground.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Cooper’s performance grounds a solid, authentic drama – Eastwood’s best since Letters From Iwo Jima – that is less about one single field of combat than the price of war itself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Overlords has its share of clunky moments yet nonetheless proves, like Monsters before it, what can be achieved when you’re short of cash but rich in imagination.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    The breakout stars of the Despicable Me franchise seize the spotlight in an enjoyably demented off-shoot that is guaranteed to send their young fans bananas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    A few damp squibs aside, Bird’s sensibilities make for the most animated Mission to date. Don’t see in IMAX if you’re a vertigo sufferer, though.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Part war story, part endurance test, this harrowing portrait of a young boy’s loss of innocence is gripping, gruelling, grown-up fare. That said, some judicious trimming wouldn’t have hurt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    Though not as dramatically rich or emotionally compelling as Skyfall, Spectre still ranks as a sleek, pulse-pounding if slightly overlong entertainment.
    • 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.

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