Russell Smith

Select another critic »
For 108 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 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 Material Girls
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 108
  2. Negative: 18 out of 108
108 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Feel-good comedy with none of the pejorative hints of innocuous blandness that term so often implies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    With help from talented young director Ferland and a sublime performance from Kevin Bacon, Eszterhas has created a gentle and affecting ode to universal growing-up conflicts within a beautifully rendered evocation of a specific time and place.
    • Austin Chronicle
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    The story, serviceable though it is, still shatters like eggshells under even the lightest scrutiny, and the dialogue is often stale beyond belief.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    It does effectively recall those bygone days when impossibly attractive, charming, and endearingly flawed characters dressed to kill, smoked like creosote plants, and behaved atrociously on the way to rapturous romantic consummation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    The underlying problem is the mainstream film format's length constraints, which seem to have forced a rude bowdlerization of the story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    A gleefully overplotted crime yarn that channels in sanitized form the perverse subtropical-noir sensibilities of Carl Hiassen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Hall, one of our least appreciated great actors, is mesmerizing as Sydney.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Within the context of films that include the word booty in their titles, it serves up an unusually fresh, inventive and good-natured brew of pure lascivious fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Assuming that rich human insight, great production values, and topnotch acting still count for something, Mrs. Brown should have no trouble finding an appreciative audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Unostentatious originality, psychological insight, and stark beauty make it well worth any film lover's time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    In the end, though, the undeniable power and emotional richness of this film swing the balance toward the good.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    I loved this movie. Or perhaps I should say the 15-year-old boy in me -- the dreamy, disaffected misfit with his head in the stars and a stack of Bantam sci-fi paperbacks as his sole defense against small-town boredom -- loved it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    For all its knock-'em-dead acting and aggressively stylish direction, Hilary and Jackie is still best described as arthouse comfort food.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    It's far from unenjoyable, but the dank shroud of the overfamiliar lies heavy over all, kind of like watching an Elvis concert circa 1976.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Buena Vista Social Club is obviously intended less as a concert film than as a set of cinematic liner notes about the vanishing musical culture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Director Francis Ford Coppola, who established his towering reputation with an adaptation of another pulpy pop novel, hasn't exactly uncorked another The Godfather here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    Wall to wall blood 'n' guts laced with surprisingly keen social satire, much of it targeting the fatuousness of media culture.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Russell Smith
    The script, partly written by an uncredited Terry George ("Some Mother's Son," "In the Name of the Father") strains mightily for insight but never quite breaks through.
    • 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.

Top Trailers