For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Skyfall
Lowest review score: 20 The Big Wedding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 79
  2. Negative: 3 out of 79
79 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    A bleak yet strangely heartening film.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Neil Smith
    An expertly calibrated drama confirming Marsh’s status as one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    It's a must see for fans of roar footage.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    Believably charts a girl’s coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    James DeMonaco’s blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Neil Smith
    As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.

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