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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1208
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
B 64% Jackass 3 (2010) " It's gross--and it's fantastic." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 16, 2010
C- 64% Secretariat (2010) " An inspirational true story that oozes with so much inspiration, its overwhelming optimism becomes annoying and embarrassing." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 9, 2010
F 9% My Soul to Take (2010) " "My Soul to Take" is one of the worst films I’ve seen this year and easily the most irritating." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 9, 2010
A 96% The Social Network (2010) " "The Social Network" has an unusually difficult task to pull off--it has to make computer programming exciting--and it does so with aplomb. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 7, 2010
A 88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000) " Besides the performances, which are uniformly strong, what's so terrific about "The Exorcist" is how it's in no hurry to get to the meat of its horror. Unlike today's horror movies, it isn't exploitative. It's about its characters." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 3, 2010
D+ 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " The film fails not necessarily because of a lack of effort, but because there's very little heart in this film, and with such a dull plot, that's really what it needed." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 3, 2010
A- 94% The Town (2010) " Affleck brings this base, disturbing slice of Boston into focus." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 3, 2010
B- 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " The lot of it is pure melodrama, but as any fan of melodrama knows, if you have a talented cast willing to throw themselves headfirst into the cinematic blender, that melodrama can be as captivating as it is cheap." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 3, 2010
A 88% Let Me In (2010) " Reeves has done the impossible and made a foreign film for a mainstream American audience." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Oct 3, 2010
D+ 23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) " The new Paul W. S. Anderson movie, "Resident Evil: Afterlife," features one scene that's memorable, if only because it's so comical. You were looking for more than one memorable scene? Wrong movie." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
B+ 85% Easy A (2010) " Unbelievably sharp writing, excellent performances and a fine mix of lower-brow humor with clever dialogue and mature storytelling make it one of the most entertaining comedies of this year, as well as the past few." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
D+ 52% Devil (2010) " Shockingly, the whole thing probably would've been better off if Shyamalan himself had been involved beyond conception and producing." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 20, 2010
A 66% The American (2010) " I loved this movie. I loved it for giving the finger to what so many American thrillers have become. Instead of coming off an assembly line, here is a thriller that's fresh and different, focused and smart. It has a European sensibility." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 10, 2010
C 53% Going the Distance (2010) " Sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's sappy, sometimes it's unbelievably raunchy and occasionally it's rather witty, but none of it melds together particularly well. Often, it's like watching five different movies crammed into one." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
B+ 72% Machete (2010) " One of the best action movies in a long time." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
A 91% Shattered Glass (2003) " Perhaps the best exploration of American journalism this past decade has seen." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Sep 7, 2010
B 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " Though many movies have explored Eastern culture and juxtaposed it against the American experience, there still is something to learn here, especially because it repeatedly questions what's important in life." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 20, 2010
C- 5% Vampires Suck (2010) " What Friedberg and Seltzer need to know is that in order to create a successful spoof, you have to understand the genre's more mature older brother, satire. And they don't." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 20, 2010
B- 46% Step Up 3 (2010) " Who would've thought the best use of 3-D yet in film would be a "Step Up" movie?" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 14, 2010
B- 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " This isn't the summer's best comedy, but at this point in the season, when movies typically take a turn for the worse before better fare appears in the fall, it comes through with enough laughs to make it worth a look." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 14, 2010
A- 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " In a world where pop culture shields us from the truth, this movie is something of a novelty. It isn't afraid to tell it. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 14, 2010
A 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " A film that is a true gamechanger in every way, something so visually spellbinding and inventive that it really proves there is room out there for flat-out originality in mainstream cinema. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 14, 2010
C+ 41% The Expendables (2010) " Despite some surprisingly decent performances, it just isn't as fun as it should be. But Stallone does prove there's still some room left in the action genre for these titans, so let's why not? Let's have another round." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Aug 14, 2010
C 27% Charlie St. Cloud (2010) " As far as these kind of movies go, it's fairly good. Better yet, you don't just feel as if you're watching a sad sap story on the back of a postcard like "Dear John" or "The Last Song."" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 30, 2010
F 14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) " A horrible movie that likely will entertain (very young) children. But when movies like "Toy Story 3" and "Despicable Me" are still in theaters, it feels irresponsible to force them to see this." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 30, 2010
B+ 62% Salt (2010) " When you see Jolie leap from bridges onto moving semis or when you see how she ingeniously gets a cop to drive with the help of a stun gun, you're essentially looking at the female version of James Bond. Jolie knows it, and she owns it." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 30, 2010
B+ 86% Inception (2010) " If you think "Lost" was complicated, let's just say it's kitten chow when compared to this." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 30, 2010
B 81% Despicable Me (2010) " You can feel the French sensibility ringing throughout "Despicable Me." There is a cool aloofness to the proceedings that gives the film an edge and helps to make its dark humor something unique and unexpected. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 18, 2010
C 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) " "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is more frustrating than it is bad--there's a lot of potential here, and if the writing had been more inspired, this could have been a strong comeback for both Cage and for Disney." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 18, 2010
B+ 53% Knight & Day (2010) " Cruise and Cruz are a well-paired team, here to have fun, and that fun translates in a movie that features moments that are intentionally and deliriously absurd." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
F 6% The Last Airbender (2010) " Shyamalan has been working in cinema for more than a decade now, but none of his films are nearly as disastrous as this. It's his final plea to get his name back in Hollywood, and I don't think anyone will hear it." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
B- 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " Manages to transcend the soapiness of its predecessors and work quite well as an engaging story about sacrifice, romance and, interestingly, the inner conflicts of the undead." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
B 64% Predators (2010) " A startlingly good comeback for a franchise nearly spoiled for good with the horrendous "Alien vs. Predator" films." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jul 15, 2010
A 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " Once again, you're left with a groundswell of admiration for the skilled people at Pixar, who have an uncanny way of balancing emotional weight with outrageous moments of comedy and action." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 26, 2010
C- 10% Grown Ups (2010) " It's hard to take slapstick and gross-out stuff seriously coming from a bunch of 40-year-olds." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 26, 2010
C+ 74% Splice (2010) " Be forewarned--after watching it, some might feel dirty upon leaving the theater. And I'm pretty sure that's the point. So, um, good for the fimmmakers!" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 20, 2010
F 9% Marmaduke (2010) " Previously, director Tom Dey made "Failure to Launch" and "Showtime," the latter of which was one of the worst movies of 2002. Congratulations Tom, you've done it again in 2010 with "Marmaduke."" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 20, 2010
C- 47% The A-Team (2010) " How about if we just call it what it is: "The C- Team."" — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 20, 2010
F 12% Jonah Hex (2010) " "Jonah Hex" is a movie missing every element of what makes a movie. It's a gritty comic book adaptation without the grit. It has characters without character in a story without storytelling. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 20, 2010
B- 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " As far as remakes go, it's not the best out there, but it's definitely a worthy effort and a fine display of Chan and Smith's skills, both as dramatic actors and action ones. They're beyond impressive." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 14, 2010
C+ 11% Killers (2010) " Overall, "Killers" makes for good quick, date-movie-ish entertainment, but it's hard to hold it against anyone who would find the whole thing an unbearable mess." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 5, 2010
B 73% Get Him to the Greek (2010) " Hill is great, but he's just like the last five main characters in these sort of films. Thankfully, Brand's excellent and wildly original performance makes up for this for the most part, so it's not much of a problem." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 5, 2010
C- 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Nice cinematography and set design aside, "Robin Hood" fails at its most basic level--it's not particularly entertaining, and as such, it's not particularly worth your time." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 3, 2010
D+ 40% Letters to Juliet (2010) " It's impossible to get excited about such cardboard roles from writers Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan. These two need to write to Juliet ASAP to rediscover their love for writing %u2014 if they ever had it." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 3, 2010
C 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " It's not the best the genre has to offer, but if studios insist on making video games into movies, they could do worse." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 3, 2010
C+ 58% Shrek Forever After (2010) " Better than the last film, but the latest in this disappointing franchise is "Shrek" out of luck." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 3, 2010
D 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " "Memaws on Mid-Life Support." To see this movie again, you'd have to grab me by the Barneys and push me hard through the Dior." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted Jun 3, 2010
B 47% MacGruber (2010) " "MacGruber" is so consistently laugh-out-loud funny and silly that at its worst, you hardly notice any of its flaws. " — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 21, 2010
C- 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " The over-hyped Jon Favreau movie, "Iron Man 2," is a downer and a disappointment, especially when compared to the entertaining first movie that came before it." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 16, 2010
F 8% Furry Vengeance (2010) " This is not a film you will enjoy. I promise. Of course, there's always the chance that there's someone out there will like it, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. The odds are pretty great in my favor." — Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Posted May 4, 2010
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