Farran Smith Nehme

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For 325 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Farran Smith Nehme's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The King and the Mockingbird
Lowest review score: 0 No One Lives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 325
325 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    While Campillo does graceful work — the way he draws focus in a scene is a pleasure — the script drags and the pseudo-romance is hard to believe, especially when one plot point concerns Daniel asking for a bulk-purchase sex rate. Eastern Boys never quite fulfills the promise of those first few minutes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    The film is nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, and it doesn’t deserve to snatch the prize from the towering likes of “Ida,” “Timbuktu” or “Leviathan.” Yet in its gaudy, predictable way, Wild Tales is enormous fun, and the consistent wit of the quiet stretches shows there’s more to Szifrón than shock tactics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Farran Smith Nehme
    As Viviane, Elkabetz is fascinating, wielding an incredible variety of contemptuous looks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    A delightfully immersive look at how a ballet is created, Jody Lee Lipes’ documentary is a stark contrast to the psycho theatrics of something like “Black Swan.”
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Farran Smith Nehme
    Each scene is breathtaking, such as a long shot of a river at a key moment, and an unforgettable soccer game played with no ball. Timbuktu deserves every accolade it gets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    Dolan embraces passion and melodrama to a refreshing degree, and Dorval and Clément are terrific. But Mommy can be exhausting; the structure and plot rhythms are all over everywhere. A montage to “Wonderwall” (every last note of it) seems to sum up the movie; too much, but exhilarating all the same.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    This film loves its characters, but loves their ideals even more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Farran Smith Nehme
    The cast is excellent, particularly Timur Magomedgadzhiev as a conscience-stricken co-worker, but it’s Cotillard who’s in nearly every scene. Desperate, downtrodden, but grasping at each shred of hope, Cotillard — who won an Oscar playing Edith Piaf in 2007’s “La Vie en Rose” — carries the whole film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Farran Smith Nehme
    Director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film combines allegory, brutal melodrama, black humor and strikingly beautiful compositions, each frame dense with meaning. Leviathan stays absolutely gripping, right up to the O. Henry twist that slams the film shut.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    Beautiful to look at, with its burnished interiors and magnificent Turkish steppes, this long film builds to a powerful conclusion. Ceylan’s characters grind each other to a powder while hardly raising their voices.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    It’s sprightly, funny and at times piercingly sad.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Farran Smith Nehme
    Seeing this great actress, age 84, draw real feeling and laughs from such mediocre material is worth the watch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    If this documentary is swift and witty, that’s in part because it relies heavily on clips of Orson Welles talking. And oh, how Welles could talk, that beautiful voice wrapping itself around tall tales and wine commercials with equal grace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    Played with enormous charm by Samuel Lange Zambrano, Junior is a handsome kid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Farran Smith Nehme
    The surreal images, offbeat jokes and pointed human-rights allegory make this an altogether different experience from most American animation. It’s dreamy, poetic and not to be missed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    The Soviet era is more interesting than the NHL years, but still, the film is entertaining even for ardent nonfans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    Less tiring than a three-hour tramp through the halls, and considerably less expensive than a plane ticket, National Gallery gives the feeling of having seen everything there is to see.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Farran Smith Nehme
    The single theme is “Isn’t this cool?” And if your response is, “Well, it’s certainly loud,” then On Any Sunday probably isn’t for you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    In a way, this marvelous movie does show that the Mekons have declined, because they’ve become the one thing punk rockers never ever want to be: lovable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    It’s endearing how this glorified haunted-house movie tries to reclaim all the old tools, and do so with a straight face and a PG-13 level of violence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    Filmed on abstract sets, it’s full of playful touches, such as lines delivered in front of a screen that looks like a comic-strip panel, and glimpses of a mole puppet popping out from a fake lawn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    We know Paris never went anywhere, and the film’s a little too flashy and theatrical, with too-neat ironies. As a duel between acting talents, though, this is first-rate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    Eerie and utterly riveting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    Terry’s talent is so magical that you may wish there were longer snippets of his playing. Still, this is a wonderful portrait of two artists strengthened by friendship.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Farran Smith Nehme
    The cast, so packed with talent that Jean Reno and Cherry Jones barely register, is stuck with stagey dialogue. Juliet Rylance, in the Nina part, has a particularly hard time. But there are good points, including Janney’s obvious pleasure in her part.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    The results are remarkably intelligent and entertaining, even for someone who (like this writer) finds Cave’s music rather dirge-like.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Farran Smith Nehme
    The photographs on view are dazzling; the way they are shown here is somewhat less so.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Farran Smith Nehme
    The movie reveals some of the most stunning landscape cinematography imaginable, while everyone on the isolated ship waxes philosophical — as who would not?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    Jealousy has a quiet melancholy that’s very pleasing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Farran Smith Nehme
    Brief and timely, this documentary directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia is also frustrating.

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