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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    In context, it's utterly, dismayingly typical.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    And next time around... show the courage of your lowbrow convictions and get back to the gonzo, unapologetically senseless mayhem that made this saga so much fun in the beginning.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    There's little to recommend this movie, which is part and parcel with Marshall's schlock-dominated body of work.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    Most of the actors seem to have been issued one facial expression at the beginning of the film, along with pain-of-death instructions not to change it under any circumstance.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    Definitive modern cinematic eye-candy with all the connotations of empty calories that term implies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Russell Smith
    This remake of Fred Zinnemann's well-regarded Day of the Jackal (1973) not only fails to match the modest entertainment value of Frederick Forsyth's workmanlike source novel, but actually moves into late contention for the title of 1997's most tedious movie.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    Most folks are just plain bored -- and I mean cross-eyed, wall-climbing, deep-down-to-the-molecular-level bored -- with this ubiquitous Endearing Wiseguys school of movie comedy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    Near-unwatchable romantic melodrama.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    A sketchy, half-baked, stylistically inconsistent movie that scarcely even pretends to care whether it makes sense or not.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    Proof positive that heavy underground buzz doesn't necessarily imply merit or even intrinsic interest.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Russell Smith
    The unnecessary nastiness, even sadism, of much of the violence also bears mentioning if you're expecting more of the benignly cartoonish silliness of Cube's lone directing effort, "The Players Club."
    • 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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 11 Russell Smith
    Next time, Pooh, why not do the work it takes and give your drowsy-eyed meal tickets some of the (as it were) good shit?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 11 Russell Smith
    This is one that, like a 1am rerun of a late-season Cavs-Grizzlies matchup, deserves to play out in darkness and obscurity.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 11 Russell Smith
    What is love? Haddaway asks in the omnipresent soundtrack song. Not this time-wasting bilge, that's for sure.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Russell Smith
    Mainly offers fodder for tweens who fantasize about glamorous Los Angeles lifestyles where everyone is skinny, rich, and on Prozac. It's a film where gays and minorities not only fit into stereotypes, but embrace them.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Russell Smith
    Now I realize my confessed appreciation for Kids will thoroughly bugger my credibility in describing Gummo with phrases like “appalling,” “gratuitously cruel,” and “exploitative,” but the unmitigated repulsiveness of this film pretty much rules out all subtler options.