Russell Smith
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For 107 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 3.7 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: 57 out of 107
  2. Negative: 18 out of 107
107 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Russell Smith
    In this magnificent, profoundly tragic film, Nolte and Coburn each turn in career-best performances as a father and son who embody the ancient, seemingly ineradicable male pathology of violence, retribution, and the slow death of the soul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    Anyone who can watch this film and deny that the Sex Pistols were one of the four or five most exciting and indelibly brilliant rock groups ever is pumping formaldehyde, not blood, through his veins.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    Fonda brings all of his childhood frustration and angst to the screen in one of the year's most unexpectedly brilliant acting performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    With this artlessly profound and affecting story of love, von Trier emerges as one of those blessed filmmakers who've managed to blend their early stylistic flamboyance with enough human empathy to make their work both visually and emotionally compelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    For my money the most gloriously, enchantingly trivial play in the Shakespearean canon, A Midsummer Night's Dream may also be the most screwup-proof of the bard's works.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    Just the thing to clear your Capra-glutted holiday movie palate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    In terms of sheer, unrelenting visual invention, Velvet Goldmine is a wonder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    The stunning vitality and passion of this film arises not only from the high-voltage personalities involved (especially Ali and King) but from the way they galvanized political and ethnic pride among the people of the poor West African nation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Russell Smith
    Thanks largely to the raw bravery and intensity of the two leads' performances, Happy Together takes a quantum leap forward in terms of visceral power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    A center ring extravaganza of smackdown movie entertainment
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    From the fan's perspective this is sheer bliss, the next best thing to pouring a couple of glasses of grappa and sitting down with a bona fide film immortal (and world-class raconteur) for a long, intimate conversation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    This film's intelligence and uncompromising originality commend it to even moviegoers with zero tolerance for top hats, parasols, and crap English accents.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    One of the truest-seeming movies I've seen in some time and as one of the most odd and haunting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Despite the florid trailers' emphasis on bodice-ripping romantic imagery, Elizabeth is above all a political thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Rare two-for-one Chan special.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    When Eastwood is at the top of his form -- as he is for much of this film -- there's no more spellbinding storyteller in American cinema.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Commands respect as mainstream filmmaking with more of an agenda than just pimping cinematic junk food to the brain-dead masses.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    It's a consistently entertaining story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    From the pure entertainment standpoint, ABL's nonstop action helps it avoid the slack moments that marred “Antz”. The dialogue, kiddie-accessible though it is, is plenty intelligent for adult enjoyment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Though Cuaron slips a time or two during his stylistic highwire act, his refreshingly original movie, aided by Hawke's career-best acting in the lead role, is a joy to watch.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    My advice: Go; see; laugh yourself silly.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Annaud (The Lover, The Name of the Rose, Quest for Fire) may be, with all due respect to Stanley Kubrick, the most talented adapter of literary source material in recent film history. Seven Years confirms his mastery by doling out a perfect ratio of moving interpersonal drama and visual enchantment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Yet for all its unmistakable visual trademarks (hypersaturated colors; mad-scientist tinkering with film stocks and editing technique; sudden presentation of enigmatic, troubling images), this is also the most radical departure Stone has ever made in terms of basic sensibilities.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    If you're fed up with the stultifying, formula-driven character of today's mainstream films, give Fallen Angels a try. At the very least you'll be engaged, and if you're lucky you may just recapture some of your original wonder at the seductive power of movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Russell Smith
    Possibly due to the story's origin as a Ruth Rendell novel, this is the most coherent, viewer-friendly narrative he's ever filmed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    As enjoyable as it is, it's hard to escape a sense of Analyze This being the work of competent talents who knew exactly where the good-enough line was and didn't feel particularly inspired to push far beyond it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    There's an undeniable energy, originality and -- most hearteningly -- optimism here that makes Beefcake well worth your time, shortcomings and all.

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