Russell Smith

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For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Russell Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Affliction
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 109
  2. Negative: 18 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Cinque, the rebel leader, is played by former model Hounsou, a mountainous figure who speaks in a gutteral roar and seems to embody the rage and confusion of an entire exploited continent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Regrettably, The Postman is just one more reminder of what a nonfactor sincerity often is in terms of artistic merit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Sorvino and Kudrow, for whatever inscrutable reasons, seem to be having a blast with their ridiculous characters, and both shine in the loopy set-pieces and dream sequences that pepper the story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Feel-good comedy with none of the pejorative hints of innocuous blandness that term so often implies.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    The humor in this movie is basically anthropological notes on doper culture and behavior: junk-food frenzies, smoking rituals and hardware, non sequitur conversation, and short-term memory loss. In other words, stuff that passed into the realm of cliché back in the time of the Johnson administration.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    The splendid performance by Sobieski, who ends her long run as industry-mag buzz princess and arrives as a full-fledged star.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    It's an utterly contemporary film that forces - and rewards - hard reflection on the nature of truth, goodness, and identity.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 11 Russell Smith
    What is love? Haddaway asks in the omnipresent soundtrack song. Not this time-wasting bilge, that's for sure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Director Jim Sheridan, who has collaborated with writer Terry George on In the Name of the Father and Some Mother's Son clearly understands the weariness that inevitably consumes not only long, seemingly irresolvable conflicts but stories about them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Ms. Elliott's film is, in part, an effort to reverse his slow slide into obscurity. On this level it's an unqualified success.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Pack the kids off to the multiplex with an easy conscience and forgiving critical sensibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    With her audience's full attention assured, first-time director Kasi Lemmons then proceeds to unravel a spellbinding, powerfully seductive tale that blends Southern Gothic magical realism and disturbing family drama with the flair of a born storytelling genius.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    With its understated moral power, generous spirit, and bracing flashes of dark humor, Titanic Town offers a fresh, subtly illuminating take on an ancient sorrow.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Funny, scabrous, disturbing, tragic, and improbably life-affirming, The General travels its own idiosyncratic path with more real style and substance than the past half-decade of Hollywood gangster movies combined.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    For all his superfan's intimacy with b-ball culture, he focuses less on the sport's fascinating mystique than on generic recapitulation of how celebrity culture seduces and devours young minority athletes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    To put it as kindly as possible, Fuqua is a well-intended tyro who wrongly assumes that his obvious love for action movies qualifies him to make them himself.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    Near-unwatchable romantic melodrama.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Shabby, nondescript hack job.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    As with so many recent films, this innocuous little romantic comedy suffers far more from the effects of art-by-committee than the ruinous domination of any one person.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Don't trust the impression created by Sphere's intriguing trailers that it has much to do with the awe and terror of direct contact with an advanced alien intelligence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    This film is both too formulaic and too much a one-man vehicle to rate as a true masterpiece. But God strike me dead if I'm lying, this is one gut-busting funny movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Little effort is made to churn up romantic chemistry between Foster and McConaughey. For better or worse, director Robert Zemeckis sticks to Sagan's original vision for these characters, in which they're basically totems embodying both sides of a philosophical dialectic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    The fact that the blatantly thumbtacked-on happy ending plays as unvarnished fairy tale adds a definite bittersweet tang of irony.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Shoddy, brainless, pre-sold kids' entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    This movie is by no means a classic in absolute artistic terms, but as a reaffirmation of all but forgotten verities it's an unqualified success.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    It's a consistently entertaining story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Unfortunately, for all his large soul and exquisite mastery of image, Nava is also one of the worst writers to ever accrue more than two major-movie screenwriting credits.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Much like the DNA-scrambled beast to which the title alludes, this film is a chimerical chop-shop product, consisting mostly of spare parts pulled from Alien, Jurassic Park, and even The Ghost and the Darkness.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    What I can't accept, however, is talents such as Reno, Garcia, Tomlin, and Molina wasting away in a movie like this. As punishment for their complete lack of artistic integrity, all four of them should be forced to sit in a room for all eternity watching The Pink Panther 2 over and over.

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