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 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 Material Girls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 109
  2. Negative: 18 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Shoddy, brainless, pre-sold kids' entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Ironically, the problem may lie in Baird and screenwriter John Pogue's over-eagerness to give us what they think we want.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Due largely to the tremendous innate warmth and conviction of leads Quaid and Caviezel ("The Thin Red Line"), you may find yourself cutting a surprising amount of slack for this patently ridiculous tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    One
    All in all, this is perhaps one of those films you applaud more for design than execution while hoping at the same time that its boundary-testing restlessness becomes more widely influential.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    It's just a little too ironic (to quote Okay Pop Singer Alanis Morrisette) that a movie with the word "magic" in its title should be such a perfect example of the difference between competence and inspiration.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    There's plenty of solid, intelligent content here to stir the mind and heart, assuming you're able to overlook the distinctly patronizing presentation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Given a choice between the puerile but essentially innocent whimsy of Dr. Dolittle and the dimwitted nastiness of, say, "Dirty Work," parents should be grateful for the Eddie Murphys and Jim Carreys of the world for at least providing a kinder, gentler option.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Thanks to this relentlessly likable film's playful sexuality and utter lack of pretension it's surprisingly easy to let all of one's objections float away on a fragrant cloud of kitchen sweat, pheromones, and sweet lime zest.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    This is a gutsy, oddly inspiring film that embodies both the risks and rewards of artistic boldness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    It delivers commendable entertainment value.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Russell Smith
    Plenty of gore-slinging, wisecracking fun to be had, and yes, the repulsively convincing werewolf transformations and attacks still pack a breath-stopping wallop.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Pack the kids off to the multiplex with an easy conscience and forgiving critical sensibility.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Lack of imagination or subtlety.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    It's diverting enough, and intermittently suspenseful, but also strangely empty and decadent in a way that truly merits that overused term.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    In essence, the whole Knock Off experience can be summed up neatly in four words: loud, stupid, blurry, frenetic.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    A “thrill ride” movie with all the predictability, brevity, and industrial efficiency that cliché implies.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    A slight, oddly lifeless movie with dubious appeal for even the most incorrigible Simon devotees.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Nothing but tarted-up melodrama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Breakdown further illustrates the axiom that every truly original movie must be remade again and again until it achieves a state of sublime, all-encompassing idiocy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    It's hard to imagine anyone ---coming away from Hanging Up with any sense of revelation, soul-enlargement, or even the simple pleasure of a compelling tale well told.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    If you enjoy an occasional taste of mental junk food, you might find Las Vegas Vacation worthy of a springtime dollar-cinema visit. Otherwise, hold out another decade for sexagenarian Chevy in Palm Springs Vacation.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Highly recommended for graduate psychology students in aberrant sexuality, but others can probably skip sans regret.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Russell Smith
    Perhaps the most vexing flaws in this movie are its irresolute plot structure and tone.

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