Lesley M. Smith

Lesley M. Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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MovieWeb , PopMatters
Total Reviews:
64

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8/10 83% The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Escape Artist is unusually willing not to let the audience off the hook, and instead, to help us understand that the pursuit of substantive justice may prove as dangerous as the crimes it seeks to right. " — PopMatters
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/10 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " For now, Resurrection's sensationalism seems primed to scupper sensitivity. " — PopMatters
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/10 36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Along with the characters, the viewer is searching for intelligence. " — PopMatters
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/10 65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " [The] daunting themes remain off screen here, leaving only a series of monotonous conversations and shoot-outs. " — PopMatters
Posted Dec 4, 2013
2/10 69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " If the premise intrigues you, watch or rewatch Blade Runner instead, and offer Almost Human the all-too-human body swerve. " — PopMatters
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/10 14% Ironside: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The plotting of the premiere oscillates between sensational and sanctimonious, splattered, whenever creativity runs thin, with the raw entrails of Ironside's maudlin backstory. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 2, 2013
4/10 90% Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " Moments of intelligence and revelation never add up to long-term character change or even the slightest revolution in family dynamics. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 26, 2013
8/10 100% Foyle's War: Season 7 (TV, 2010) " With so much atmosphere, the ingenuity of the investigations on which Foyle embarks arrives as a very pleasant surprise, especially after the lackluster mysteries of the penultimate season. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 16, 2013
4/10 65% Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " When it comes to plotting and scripting, Vegas is far less sure-footed. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 9, 2013
5/10 84% Luther: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Sensationalism trumps subtlety once more. Both Luther and Idris Elba deserve so much more. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 4, 2013
3/10 50% Major Crimes: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014) " The new series premieres... with an episode so glacial that one has to ask: why are viewers so avidly watching yet another series where the supporting cast spends most of its time watching the lead character work? " — PopMatters
Posted Jun 10, 2013
7/10 100% The Bletchley Circle: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The series cleverly captures how World War II, with its massive mobilization of British men from all walks of life into the armed forces and related military work, transformed many thousands of women's lives. " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 21, 2013
7/10 92% Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Nashville may be the exception, with its clever, even cynical, mix of middle-aged crises and youthful ambitions set in country music's Mecca. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 10, 2012
77% Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Life is too short to spend time actually watching Last Resort. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 27, 2012
5/10 82% Major Crimes: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Major Crimes displays both the strengths and the weaknesses of its predecessor, not surprisingly, since it comes from the same production team, and features almost the same cast. " — PopMatters
Posted Aug 13, 2012
3/10 31% Perception: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Perception lacks the wit, sidebar repartee or enigmatic withholding that makes shows like Monk, The Mentalist or Castle pleasant, if undemanding, viewing. " — PopMatters
Posted Jul 9, 2012
6/10 50% NYC 22: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Brings street-side context to conversations and confrontations. " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 15, 2012
5/10 43% Missing: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Despite pacy editing, superb action choreography, and location shooting across Europe, the whole turns out to be yet another re-run of that updated Western, 24, which pits an arrogant outlaw protagonist against friend and foe alike. " — PopMatters
Posted Mar 15, 2012
8/10 81% Awake: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The feeble plots and cursory investigations undermine the show's subtlety, even as they open further parallels between Britten's realities. " — PopMatters
Posted Mar 1, 2012
63% Case Histories: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " Case Histories leaves the audience with a faint echo of a delightful original, oozing with talent, budget, and location shooting, and almost bereft of compelling content. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 16, 2011
5/10 83% Prime Suspect: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " How could this promising genealogy go so badly wrong? " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 22, 2011
4/10 41% Unforgettable: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012) " For if ever a show sounded the death-knell of a subgenre, Unforgettable is it. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 20, 2011
6/10 70% Against the Wall: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It might provide grown-up drama for women of an age more often served by sexist sitcoms. If not, Lifetime may be delivering just another old-fashioned family drama with nothing new to say. " — PopMatters
Posted Jul 31, 2011
7/10 94% Zen: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " The series' unqualified triumph lies in the acting. " — PopMatters
Posted Jul 17, 2011
7/10 —— Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 10 (TV, 2011) " As much as Nyle oozes charm and animus, and also delivers some scorching invective, Teddy (Neal Huff) is equally compelling. " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 29, 2011
2/10 47% CHAOS: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " The show's acting offers no respite. Scenes unfold very slowly, as characters talk quickly but pause at the end of each speech, often holding a self-satisfied smirk as if listening to an inaudible laugh track. " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 1, 2011
7/10 95% Luther: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " By its end, the series' exploration of how ordinary human fallibility is transformed into shocking human depravity is compellingly inventive. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 17, 2010
6/10 91% Law & Order: UK: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " For the truly addicted [watchers], it will always be a paler, politer, well-bred echo of the Real Thing, better left on the side of the Atlantic where it originated. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 3, 2010
8/10 82% Lone Star: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The show benefits from the casting choice of newcomer Wolk and a supple, low-key naturalism in both performances and direction. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 20, 2010
15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " The spectacle of four supposedly high-achieving, professional NYC sophisticates "Ooohing" and "Aahing" at a tacky gilt and red-brick fantasy Middle East escaped from a Disney rejects storehouse is beyond risible." — PopMatters
Posted Jun 11, 2010
7/10 65% How to Make It in America: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " It's fun, especially for guys, but it's aiming for boutique liquor and only tastes like high-end latte. " — PopMatters
Posted Feb 14, 2010
89% Men of a Certain Age: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) " As one might expect from Romano, a fast moving mix of physical comedy and wry dialogue articulate this friendship, revealing its complexity and its depth. " — PopMatters
Posted Dec 7, 2009
8/10 100% White Collar: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) " Clever casting, fast-paced editing, and icy sharp writing haul the show from the doldrums of predictability. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 23, 2009
5/10 25% Three Rivers: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) " The show labors to achieve originality and entertain, even in this premiere episode. " — PopMatters
Posted Oct 12, 2009
2/10 63% NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) " One could watch NCIS: Los Angeles. But one could also watch paint dry with far less pain and no less gain. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 22, 2009
7/10 89% Fringe: Season 2 (TV, 2009-2010) " Fringe met the needs of fans and newbies alike with plotting aplomb, allied to its trademark mix of sharply directed action and self-deprecating wit. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 17, 2009
6/10 65% Southland: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Southland needs a different focus. " — PopMatters
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/10 41% The Last House on the Left (2009) " Neither a glimmer of satire nor gram of wit animates Dennis Illiadis' 109 minutes beside the lake." — PopMatters
Posted Mar 15, 2009
6/10 43% Death Race (2008) " Anderson dilutes Roger Corman's satire by locating Death Race among society's transgressors, depicting their dysfunctions with gory relish, and confining the race safely behind the walls of an isolated prison." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 22, 2008
5/10 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " In Clone Wars, one battle seems exactly like the last (and the next): the 'droids shoot like amateurs and the Republican troops always prevail, whatever the odds." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 15, 2008
81% Dear Frankie (2005) PopMatters
Posted Jul 29, 2005
90% James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004) PopMatters
Posted Nov 19, 2004
96% Lost Boys of Sudan (2004) PopMatters
Posted Nov 19, 2004
—— Law & Order: Season 15 (TV, 2004-2005) " A once successful formula now verges on the tediously formulaic. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 22, 2004
74% Calendar Girls (2003) PopMatters
Posted Jan 9, 2004
93% Rana's Wedding (2003) PopMatters
Posted Sep 14, 2003
—— Noirs et Blancs en Couleur (Black and White in Color) (1976) PopMatters
Posted Aug 30, 2003
92% L' Homme du Train (The Man on the Train) (2003) " Combine the elegiac Sam Peckinpah of The Wild Bunch and the fatalistic Jean-Pierre Melville of Le Samourai or Le Flic and the result might well be The Man on the Train, director Patrice Leconte's 20th film." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 30, 2003
48% Assassination Tango (2003) PopMatters
Posted Apr 4, 2003
—— The Hidden Half (2001) PopMatters
Posted Dec 13, 2002
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