For 194 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 15% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 82% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 88 Feels Good Man
Lowest review score: 0 Life Itself
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 194
  2. Negative: 79 out of 194
194 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Derek Smith
    The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard improves on its 2017 predecessor only insofar as it runs 20 minutes shorter.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    Eytan Fox’s film is a low-key observance of two men finding the beauty in each other’s mysteries and contradictions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Derek Smith
    The reality of Nazi Germany and its looming atrocities feels as if it exists only beyond the edges of the film’s frame.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    Ed Helms and Patti Harrison’s wonderful rapport helps to keep the film grounded in the recognizably real.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    While the film certainly lays out the dangers of technology run amok, it also sees its power to connect people.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    Maria Sødahl’s considers the extreme emotions provoked by a medical emergency with an impressive force of clarity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    Art, commerce, and immigration are inextricably bound in Kaouther Ben Hania’s playful and gently moving, if uneven, film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    After a while, the film’s parade of contrivances subsumes the acutely observed friendship at its core.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Derek Smith
    The film’s arguments against endless war end up seeming more than a bit disingenuous, especially given how much time it spends glorifying the actions and morality of those who help buoy ongoing American occupation of foreign nations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    The film’s manic blend of gore and relentlessly cheeky comedy eventually leads to diminished returns.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    The film weaves together the stories of five mostly nonverbal autistic teens to present a rich tapestry of the autistic experience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Derek Smith
    Robert Rodriguez’s film, like The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, fundamentally lacks a sense of wonder.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    There are enough left turns here to allow us to shake the impression that we’ve been to this rodeo before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    The documentary may be the defining portrait of the dawning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    The film muddies its sense of moral righteousness by suggesting that violence and vengeance can only be defeated by more of the same.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    The documentary dives down the rabbit hole to chillingly, comprehensively expose how algorithms can perpetuate bias in often unforeseen and unjust ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    Throughout, Remi Weekes forcefully, resonantly ties the film’s terror to the inner turmoil of his characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    Darius Marder’s film captures, with urgency and tenderness, just how enticing the residue of the past can be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested’s prismatic look at a devastating new chapter in the War on Drugs lacks for cohesiveness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    The film is ultimately too tidy to embrace anything truly startling or unexpected, either stylistically or narratively.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Derek Smith
    Chaitanya Tamhane gives full dimension to the rich, complex, and sometimes contradictory nature of the relationship between disciple and guru.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Derek Smith
    That the democratization of the internet has opened a doorway for fascist ideologies to openly quash democratic ones is an irony that isn’t lost on the film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    The film reeks of the extremely idealistic notions of young love that plague many a YA adaptation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    The charitable representation of Bryan Cranston’s character greatly diminishes the emotional resonance of the film’s dramatic turns in the final act.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Derek Smith
    The film is an unwieldy array of muddled ideas that never gel together into a cohesive whole.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Derek Smith
    A taut genre exercise that delivers enough surprises and cleverly timed bits of humor for its sometimes familiar, uneven narrative beats to play an original tune.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Smith
    The film is almost sadistically driven to turn a woman’s trip down memory lane into fodder for cringe humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Derek Smith
    The film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a world where emotions are accessed and revealed primarily through digital intermediaries.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Derek Smith
    Peter Segal’s film is pulled in so many different directions that it comes to feel slack.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Derek Smith
    Some of the film’s narrative threads are frustratingly unresolved, while others are wrapped up in arbitrary fashion.

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