Christopher Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1208
Total QuickRatings:
243

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " "Bridesmaids" is a great first step for Apatow in finding his feminine voice, and an even better launching pad for the hilarious Kristin Wiig. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 14, 2011
D 16% Priest (2011) " If you have an action movie that doesn't have enough loud, wham-bam, explosive fun to wake a sleeping baby, which was the case at my screening, then you, my friend, have an action movie not worth seeing. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 14, 2011
C 15% Something Borrowed (2011) " The film relies on a singular idea-deciding whether to hurt a friend for the sake of true happiness. It's a premise that runs out of steam halfway through, but not before repeating its point over and over. More like "Something to Throw Away."" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 7, 2011
B+ 77% Thor (2011) " With a director this interested in making every shot exciting, it should come as no surprise that his film is just that. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 7, 2011
D+ 11% Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011) " The very nature of animation is to appear lively, and if that's the case, "Hoodwinked Too" fails at almost every turn." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 29, 2011
B- 77% Fast Five (2011) " The film's plot rarely makes sense and the script is lackluster, but who cares when each chase is composed of the right amount of speed and clarity? Lin never puts his foot on the break until the last possible second." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 29, 2011
B 48% Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011) " There is a scene in the movie that is so visceral, it will make you forget about the high-flying silliness. That's the Donnie Yen I was waiting to see." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 23, 2011
D 38% Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) " "Madea's Big Happy Family" is an assault on the senses. I'm still trying to figure out how "Afternoont" and a pancreatic tumor equate in humor, but, hey, maybe Perry's a pioneer of comedy, too." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 22, 2011
C+ 60% Water for Elephants (2011) " The director puts on a beautiful spectacle. However, while the film looks fantastic, its stars lack the connection needed to make this circus a true marvel. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 22, 2011
B+ 66% Insidious (2011) " For scares alone, "Insidious" deserves an "A." It may not be very original, but for a fun trip through a haunted house, it works exceedingly well. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 2, 2011
D+ 25% Hop (2011) " Like the colorful candies of Easter, "Hop" is a pastel distraction lacking any kind nutritional value. Inside its foil wrapping exists an endless array of predictable jokes, aimless subplots and obnoxious characters. It's a disaster." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 2, 2011
A- 92% Source Code (2011) " A well-paced and structured sci-fi thriller that's as complex as it is clear-headed. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Apr 2, 2011
D+ 21% Beastly (2011) " "Beastly" is a poor representation of its source material and creates a monster out of it its inherent themes. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
D 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) " "Mars Needs Moms" is only consistent in that it's a mess." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
B- 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " Damon and Blunt are great--it's just a shame they don't have a stronger adversary for their love." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
D 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) " Against the phony sets and effects, Valerie's world seems more like a cheap stage rather than a realistic fantasy world, making the film's own flaws and missed opportunities clear as day even in the dark of night. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
B+ 88% Rango (2011) " "Rango" has everything going for it -- strong characters, complex plotting, and a knowledge of the genre it parodies without excluding newcomers to it. It's smart without being alienating and exciting without being mindless. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
C+ 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " If the recent slew of apocalyptic invasion pictures teaches us one thing, it's that they make better trailers than movies. This is a case in point." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
B+ 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) " McConaughey's confidence fits like a glove--it's the role he's been waiting for, and coupled against Philippe's easy-to-hate playboy and a great supporting cast, the film turns out to be one of this season's better movies. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
B 70% Limitless (2011) " "Limitless" delivers the goods in terms of fun, suspense, and an above-average story. The twists and turns never appear without reason, and Cooper delivers an assured, charismatic performance that lifts the film." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
B 71% Paul (2011) " "Paul" might not connect with everyone, but it's certainly funny and heartfelt enough to please those brave enough to see it. It seems destined for a cult following rather than a legion of converted geeks. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Mar 19, 2011
D 37% The Resident (2012) " If all is right in the universe, the only good that will come out of "The Resident" is the murder of its director's career before it even starts." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Feb 11, 2011
C 30% Sanctum (2011) " James Cameron produced "Sanctum" to create a similar experience to "Avatar." But where as the world of Pandora benefitted from the immersive qualities of Imax 3-D, "Sanctum" only occasionally uses the screen's size properly." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Feb 5, 2011
D+ 4% The Roommate (2011) " It explores that roommates can be, you know, like a total drag sometimes." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Feb 5, 2011
C+ 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " The hilarious supporting players keep things moving when the director stumbles, but "No Strings Attached" lacks the emotional core that would have made it memorable. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 30, 2011
B+ 67% The Company Men (2011) " In the wrong hands, "The Company Men" could have slipped into a slop of sentiment, but the movie doesn't go there. This is, first and foremost, a movie about "men," and what, in Wells' eyes, it means to be a man in these difficult times." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 30, 2011
B+ 75% The Way Back (2011) " Rife with uncertainty and realism, Weir's film is a stunning testament to human fortitude and to the power of Mother Nature." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 30, 2011
B 53% The Mechanic (2011) " Check your brain at the door and enjoy." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 30, 2011
D 21% The Rite (2011) " "The Rite" aims for authenticity but is nothing more than a cartoon. The film is rife with poorly executed genre clich├ęs and bad acting, alienating the viewer from the picture--and putting them into a coma. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 30, 2011
A- 87% Black Swan (2010) " You've never seen a movie quite like "Black Swan" before. It's brazen, it's ridiculous, it's magnificent, it's human, it's unique, it's the world at its worst, it's the worst at its best - and this is why it's so weirdly compelling." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
C 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " Their joyous return to Narnia washes away as their comfort in the face of the fantastic sets in. Nothing appears new to them, and likewise, nothing enchants us. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
D+ 13% Yogi Bear (2010) " Yogi's picnic gag is funny in small doses but, much like his Chipmunk brethren, inflating these simple pleasures into a feature-length movie is disastrous." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
D+ 32% How Do You Know (2010) " This neurotic comedy tiptoes from one boring setback to the next, bottling its issues in schmaltz, and thus, costing the film its heart. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
A 91% The Fighter (2010) " Most of the drama takes place outside of the ring, where lives are on the line, a family is divided and one of the year's best movies is found." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
D 10% Little Fockers (2010) " A mapped minefield of bad jokes." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
C 21% Gulliver's Travels (2010) " Jack Black's abridged version of Jonathan Swift's famed epic fairs slightly better than other recent family adaptations. It's silly and occasionally funny -- not bad for a movie starring a guy who saves an entire city with his urine. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
A- 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " With so many tricky undercurrents to manage, "Rabbit Hole" could have caved beneath their weight and gone into safe, predictable directions that would have been easier to navigate. But it doesn't. It's more complex than that." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
F 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " Because this is the first release of 2011, it would too be easy to crown "Season of the Witch" the worst film of the year, but I'm sure it will live up to that title for weeks to come. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jan 7, 2011
B 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Like the original movie, "Tron: Legacy" was made to push the boundaries of technology in cinema. It succeeds. The film is a special effects spectacle to behold." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Dec 17, 2010
D+ 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) " If distilled, there are enough stories here to make for at least one interesting movie. "Love & Other Drugs" just needs a dose of Ritalin to figure out what that movie is. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 27, 2010
A- 89% Tangled (2010) " This is a testament to the power of 3D when mastered--and not rushed. "Tangled" is animation at its best and it's this season's biggest surprise--it treats its audience with intelligence while giving them a jolt of fun. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 27, 2010
A- 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " The actors possess their best chemistry yet (as well they should--they've practically shared each other's Pablum), and the chemistry shows. You now can fully feel just how high the stakes have become. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 27, 2010
C+ 73% Megamind (2010) " What begins as one witty, unstoppable blast eventually succumbs to a flat story elevated by its consistently terrific animation." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 6, 2010
C- 32% For Colored Girls (2010) " Once again, favoring melodrama over reality, Perry overextends his bounds and delivers a poorly filmed series of worst-case scenarios elevated to tolerable heights by a fantastic cast. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 6, 2010
C 40% Due Date (2010) " Good performances, but where the film falters is in its inability to deliver the laughs." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Nov 6, 2010
C- 28% Life as We Know It (2010) " The film should end a half-hour earlier than it does, but I guess we needed another film in which someone brings their disruptive kid to work or another scene where a desperate lover rushes through an airport. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 30, 2010
C+ 46% Hereafter (2010) " In the film's far-reaching goals, "Hereafter" fails to connect its meticulous plotting together, leaving the second hour unnecessarily tedious and overtly detached from the audience. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 30, 2010
A- 58% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) " This excellent prequel once again proves that in a horror movie, often the less you see, the more intense the story." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 30, 2010
D+ 9% Saw 3D (2010) " With all the money this series has behind it, couldn't the studio have hired a director and writers who had the ability to set a little mood? Make at least something of an effort? Obviously, not." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 30, 2010
B+ 71% Red (2010) " Gathers a great cast that makes "The Expendables" look, well, expendable. This is an extremely funny, action-packed movie in which gimmicks such as Helen Mirren blasting guns don't grow old." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 16, 2010
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