Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Cole Smithey's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 80% Tale of Tales "Muddled yet delightfully grotesque, ribald, and opulent "Tale of Tales" breathes with the cinematic madness of Ken Russell. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted May 15, 2015
A- 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] What a difference a remake can make. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 29, 2015
B+ 72% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) "Visually lush, and powerfully acted by a quartet of England's finest actors, John Schlesinger's "Far From the Madding Crowd" is admirable in spite of its imprecise narrative focus and flaws in its direction. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 29, 2015
A 91% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) "No matter how many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the all-out insanity of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," very few have even come close. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 26, 2015
A 80% Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998) "Behind its soap opera appearance, Almodovar makes pointed political statements that bruise. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 22, 2015
B 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" throws another damning chapter of accusations at America's openly racist authoritarian system that surreptitiously condones the murder of its black citizens. Call it what it is, genocide-by-degree. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 21, 2015
B 57% Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015) "Dena Seidel's straight-ahead documentary captures the majestic beauty of the West Antarctic peninsula where the ice-sheet melt has been deemed "unstoppable." " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 19, 2015
A+ 96% Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987) ""Au Revoir Les Enfants" is a heartbreakingly confessional wartime film made all the more effective by the care with which the subjective story is told. Its sense of loss is profound. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 14, 2015
A 97% Black Souls (2015) ""Black Souls" hurts. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 9, 2015
A- 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Smart, sexy, and back-loaded with a terrific twist ending, "Ex Machina" is an elegant sci-fi movie that considers the possibilities of artificial intelligence in thought-provoking ways. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 7, 2015
A+ 100% Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953) "Yasujirô Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Apr 6, 2015
C- 84% While We're Young (2015) " "While We're Young" is a movie that recedes while you're watching it. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 31, 2015
B- 67% 5 to 7 (2015) "For all of its artificial plotting and clichéd dialogue, "5 to 7" has its charms. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 30, 2015
A 88% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Even if you've never heard of "The Who," as improbable as that seems, "Lambert & Stamp" is an infectiously captivating retelling of that brilliant band's origin and strange journeys... " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 29, 2015
A+ 63% Bitter Moon (1992) "[VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama... " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 21, 2015
D+ 8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) "Everything about the movie has a sloppy, throwaway feel to it. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 62% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) "As much an essential missing piece for audiences of David Lynch's groundbreaking 1991-'92 television series ("Twin Peaks") to gain closure as a stand-alone film, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" is an alternately funny, harrowing, and bizarre experience. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A+ 100% M (1931) "[VIDEO ESSAY] A precursor to the serial killer and policier genres, "M" is first and foremost a suspense thriller made all the more gripping because the identity of the killer is revealed in the first act. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 11, 2015
A+ 71% Red Hollywood (2014) "Indispensable. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 10, 2015
A 84% Cinderella (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Branagh's well-steeped history of producing, directing, and acting in film versions of Shakespeare's plays echoes in the context of a much beloved, (formerly animated) children's classic. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Mar 7, 2015
B+ 83% Queen and Country (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Boorman's unfussy approach to his youthful past creates a warm sense of familiarity with the characters he presents, however quirky their motivations may be. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A+ 100% Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988) "[VIDEO ESSAY] a bitter reminder that those in authority will continue to abuse their authority with impunity knowing that even if they are caught there will be plenty of similarly dirty allies to protect them. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A 98% The Overnighters (2014) "One of the most potent examples of cinéma vérité to arrive in recent years, Jesse Moss's "The Overnighters" transcends the genre with a multifaceted examination of complex social issues facing the town of Williston, North Dakota. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 26, 2015
B+ 86% Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "I Stand Alone" (Gaspar Noé's feature debut) is as much a philosophical denunciation of humanity as it is a thought-provoking treatise on mental illness (as a socially communicable disease). " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 10, 2015
D+ 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Matthew Vaughn is no Quentin Tarantino. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 9, 2015
A- No Score Yet Nekromantik 2 (2005) "From a filmmaking standpoint Jörg Buttgereit's potent stab at transgressive cinema is more in line with the early films of John Waters or David Cronenberg than with the litany of directors associated with torture porn movies of the "Saw" franchise ilk. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 3, 2015
A+ 95% Girlhood (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] 2015 Has its First Great Film of the Year! " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Feb 2, 2015
A+ No Score Yet Scorpio Rising "[VIDEO ESSAY] Evocatively transgressive and subversively poetic, "Scorpio Rising" is a cinematic rebel yell against the fiercely anti-gay hypocrisies of American culture that still dog society in the 21st century. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 28, 2015
F 73% American Sniper (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Corporate Political Military Junta Propaganda: Hollywood Commits Cultural Suicide With Clint Eastwood's Help " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 28, 2015
C- 30% Loitering With Intent (2015) "Barely a cut above the thankfully defunct Mumblecore movement, "Loitering With Intent" does plenty of loitering but doesn't exhibit much commitment. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 21, 2015
B+ 52% The Humbling (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Now that "Birdman" has collected awards and Oscar nominations, it's sour grapes to suggest that an injustice has been done to "The Humbling." Nonetheless, it is a better movie. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 19, 2015
A- 79% Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics such as Roger Ebert panned the film upon its released in 1982. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 14, 2015
A- 46% A Serbian Film (2011) "[VIDEO ESSAY] ...Spasojević invites the viewer to compare his made-up pornography of death to the similar underlying nature of capitalism's commercial cinema of the West and its attendant sponsors. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 12, 2015
A+ 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) "[VIDEO ESSAY] a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II. Iwao Enokizu isn't waiting for God to make things right when only everything is wrong. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 8, 2015
C 53% The Interview (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] This could mark the first time in history that a movie was used as an excuse to start a war. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A 100% Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) (1953) "[VIDEO ESSAY] There is an innocent nostalgia and precious regard for all things whimsical and romantic in the films of Jacques Tati. There is also a certain je ne sais quoi that is innately French. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Dec 11, 2014
A 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) "Provocative, droll, fearless, and cinematically sexual in unprecedented ways, "Nymphomaniac" (in its proper unedited form) is a four-hour movie with an unknown potential to alter reality. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Dec 11, 2014
A+ 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Writer-director JC Chandor's first three films ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," and "A Most Violent Year") combine to reveal a masterful auteur staking out a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood's constant barrage of garbage " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Dec 10, 2014
D 90% Wild (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] "Wild" is an unsatisfying self-help drama that exposes the limitations of Reece Witherspoon's range. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Dec 1, 2014
A+ 100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959) "Francois Truffaut's debut film not only galvanized the Nouvelle Vague movement of French cinema, but he also generated a personal filmic idiom that he would elaborate on for the rest of his career. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 28, 2014
A+ 97% Breathless (1961) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Goddard arrived at a kinesthetic technique of jagged cutting during the editing process as a way to speed up the action - to prune out the boring stuff. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 28, 2014
A- 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY]...the success of "The Imitation Game" comes down to Benedict Cumberbatch's sensitive portrayal of a complex personality. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 24, 2014
A+ 95% Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971) "[VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire "Claire's Knee" is Eric Rohmer's best-known film. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 23, 2014
B+ 82% The Homesman (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] The allegories and subtexts that Jones explores here appear as ancient cultural artifacts that require the viewer to think deeper into the narrative substance and form being presented. Nothing is spoon-fed. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 17, 2014
A 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "{VIDEO ESSAY] "Foxcatcher" is a movie that functions on multiple levels to observe how the American elite use and abuse power toward the destruction of everything it touches. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 14, 2014
A+ 90% Pandora's Box (1929) "[VIDEO ESSAY] ["Pandora's Box"] can be construed as the first international LGBT film ever. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 4, 2014
B- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] While possessing an outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne in the role of the great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, "The Theory of Everything" is formulaic to a fault. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Nov 3, 2014
A+ 93% Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, "Little Fugitive" is as much an invaluable filmic document of post World War II New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Oct 28, 2014
B+ 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "[VIDEO ESSAY] Jake Gyllenhaal's canny portrayal delivers a revelatory character study of an opportunistic sociopath working all the angles in a system built on propaganda. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Oct 28, 2014
A- 95% Whiplash (2014) "Writer-director Damien Chazelle has made a powerhouse drama about the level of dedication it takes to be great at something. " ‐ ColeSmithey.com
Posted Oct 25, 2014
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