Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Michael Smith'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
3/4 40% Max (2015) "As a family film mixed with adventure-film intensity, it's something to woof home about. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Avengers: Age of Ultron is a pure popcorn-powered blast to begin the blockbuster season but nothing deeper this time. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "The Pixar craftsmanship is as brilliant as always, and the emotions that it will bring out in adults, if not the children, are as powerful and as surprising as ever from an animated film. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Jurassic World is taut and terrifying, and for the uninitiated to these films, it just might rock your world. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 95% Spy (2015) "The new movie starring Melissa McCarthy, the reigning queen of profane, physical film comedy, is also smart, heartfelt and full of female empowerment. It lampoons the James Bond genre and asks: Why should the guys have all the fun? " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "What elevates American Sniper is that we feel what Chris and his fellow soldiers feel in more ways than simple revenge. We feel their pain, their confusion and their weariness. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3.5/4 96% It Follows (2015) "It Follows is a classy, scary horror show: Pass it on. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 9, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The action is fast and furious and totally bonkers. And yet the style is totally original: Old West showdowns meets funk mayhem meets feminist drama. Seriously. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3/4 31% Entourage (2015) "I didn't even know I'd missed the Entourage posse until they got back together. I'm still trying to wipe that smile off my face. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "When a film is this exciting in its action set pieces and this meaningful in its quiet moments, the filmmakers are getting it right. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 33% All Good Things (2010) "All Good Things is a crackerjack crime thriller. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Mar 23, 2015
4/4 98% The Hurt Locker (2009) "It is neither an anti-war film nor a pro-war film. It is, simply, a great war film about courageous men working in chaotic situations, and the collateral damage that comes with the job. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Feb 25, 2015
4/4 94% The King's Speech (2010) "This is prestige-moviemaking at a high level. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/4 97% The Artist (2011) "What's old is new again in this dreamy romance. What's antiquated seems innovative. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Feb 17, 2015
2/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "I have seen more heat and more skin in late-night offerings on Cinemax. I've seen more realistic romance in young-adult movies, and I've seen better acting by furniture. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3.5/4 91% The Departed (2006) "There's a lot of tough talk from tough men in this testosterone-fueled thriller, as the thin blue line disintegrates amid gritty give-and-take in William Monahan's excellent script. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 25, 2015
2.5/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies feels more like a film made for those with a deep, vested interest in arguing about what was left out from the book, or what was added in and shouldn't have been. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3/4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "It handles life's big issues with honesty through its gritty lead character, Hazel. The other characters are brave and easy to empathize with. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/4 88% Le Week-End (2014) "Although it's advertised on the movie poster as being the work of " 'Notting Hill' Director Roger Michell," let there be no confusion between that marvelous, sometimes bittersweet romp and this bitter pill to swallow. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/4 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "For all of the backstory and the marginal characters, A Walk Among the Tombstones feels too much like a week spent watching CBS crime procedurals that take themselves way too seriously. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "Watching Nolan's latest attempt to create something artistic, intelligent and entertaining on such a massive scale, I couldn't help but think that with "Interstellar," he's outsmarted himself. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 90% Obvious Child (2014) "The movie is smart and it is very funny. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 91% Locke (2014) "Locke is different, but it's an art-film experiment that works. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2.5/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "The film is focused on a marriage to the degree that this is a melodrama with too many paint-by-numbers cliches of the biography film formula. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The road to that realization makes for a super-fun path, especially with the Baymax character, who constantly issues health updates and who works to adapt to teen expressions and figures of speech. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 90% Wild (2014) "Wild is a movie that I'll find hard to forget because of its powerful imagery and how it works on the senses. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) "We do learn a little about ourselves by the conclusion, but when it came to holding my attention for the duration of a feature-length film, I found the experience far too alien. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "The Imitation Game is a great story that's well-told, about a man who was different from many of us -- which is to say that he was exceptional at a time when the world needed such a man most. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "The Winter Soldier is all-American entertainment, with a hero enlightened to the fact that while he may not be able to trust his American government's leaders, he ultimately represents not them but the American ideals of truth and justice. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/4 95% Whiplash (2014) "The race for the Academy Award for best supporting actor is probably over, with J.K. Simmons nearly guaranteed to take home this year's crown with a performance that is both electric and unforgettable. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis, and he delivers a devil of a performance in one of the best movies of 2014. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Gone Girl is a greatly entertaining film that seems a likely candidate for multiple Oscar nominations, and it is Flynn's script that seems like a sure thing. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
2.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "The look of the film is so impressive, in fact, that it makes one think that the filmmakers decided to let everything else more or less take care of itself. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "The storyline is wonderfully subversive, and the jokes come so fast and furious that it's a challenge to keep up with the humor of The Lego Movie. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4/4 92% Birdman (2014) "It's rare that a film can succeed on so many levels, but Birdman soars. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "Those like myself who admire auteur-driven filmmaking can celebrate with the release of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the best movie of 2014 at this early stage, and perhaps likely to remain so for some time to come. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 2, 2015
95% Snowpiercer (2014) "A cool summer movie full of action, suspense, moral ambiguities, cryptic clues and villains who just won't die. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "If you include two stand-alone Wolverine films, this is the seventh X-Men-related movie, and any series' movie No. 7 isn't supposed to be as good as this genre film that is full of both grandeur and fun. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/4 98% Boyhood (2014) "These moments are almost cliches, but only because so many of us have lived these scenes in the course of our own lives, and that's what makes them so powerful. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 2, 2015
92% Arthur Christmas (2011) "The comedy works. But there's not much to the characters that proves memorable. It's not a bad movie, but... " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/4 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) "For all its mythic, metaphorical weight, The Return of the King and its two predecessors finally speak to the dignity and humanity of the smallest among us. And the best movie masterpieces have always been made of such common stuff. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 8, 2014
90% Tangled (2010) "This is a Rapunzel story that really knows how to let its hair down. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/4 89% Frozen (2013) "Frozen combines cute characters, soaring songs and clever comedy to create a Disney animated winner that tries too hard on some accounts, but that won't stop it from charming audiences. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 8, 2014
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) "The Princess and the Frog is a striking film, old-fashioned and original at the same time. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 7, 2014
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is a fine finish to a franchise that most, including myself, wish would never end. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Nov 18, 2014
88% Let Me In (2010) "The film is this year's best horror due to Smit-McPhee and Moretz displaying a vulnerability and a skill in characterization that belies their tender ages. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Oct 14, 2014
91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) "Horror films are supposed to be scary, but not very smart. The Cabin in the Woods is both. It's about as clever as you can imagine a film of this type being that is also this wicked and this brutal. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Gunn has done a marvelous job of character development with a large cast of unknown comic-book roles. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Sep 30, 2014
90% Zombieland (2009) "Zany, brainy and drop-dead funny, Zombieland is a marvel that might be this year's best horror film as well as its best comedy, rolled into one ooey, gooey mess. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Sep 22, 2014
90% District 9 (2009) "District 9 made me think, and it made me jump. This cool science-fiction thriller pumps up the tension to wow-factor levels. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Aug 25, 2014
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