Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Tulsa World
Total Reviews:
153

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " For all who have hotly fan-ticipated this all-star collection of Marvel's superheroes, you have reason to be excited. You can officially geek out now. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Aug 24, 2014
90% Bridesmaids (2011) " This is one smart script, brought to life by director Paul Feig and working on many levels. Where it sometimes works best is in the gutter. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Aug 24, 2014
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " A pretty good war movie that is audacious, occasionally fun and too in love with its own voice. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Home, James (2014) " This vibrant romantic drama is directed by a former Tulsan whose film seems to indicate that his hometown is still his first love. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/4 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Transgender jokes, fat jokes (always James, happy to look stupid), homeliness jokes, mama's boy jokes -- the picture was made by people who like to put down people, and it was made for people who like to tease others or watch others be insulted. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 28, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " It has such a nihilistic nature and lack of resolution that rather than high stakes, there's nothing at stake. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " A movie musical with mediocre musical moments and meandering melodrama. It's not headed for No. 1 with a bullet. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3.5/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " It features all the best qualities of memorable summer-movie thrillers - it's clever, cool and quirky to the point of almost being a bit silly - and when you leave, you may consider re-living the experience all over again. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3.5/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " How refreshing it is to find a summer sequel that's not simply louder or wackier than its predecessor, but rather feels like an extension of its first film and all of its best qualities. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1.5/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " I have a hard time believing the movie had a script that included dialogue. The movie has no character development. It's an embarrassment. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " More blood. More guts. More men with six-packs than a Quik-Trip on a Friday night. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2013) " In his most accessible and romantic film yet, Jonze's unique premise is relatable, prescient and may be coming soon to a relationship near you. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 11, 2014
3/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Go beyond the particular sins, and you find something universal: the pain that has touched many families, and which has resonated with audiences around the world who have seen Tracy Letts' play. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave remains an important film, if nothing else for the fact that these are not anonymous characters created for Hollywood storytelling, but one man's remarkable story that puts a face on history. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " It may be too much slow-burning style for those looking for true-crime substance only, but a cool patience is what drives Blue Caprice. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 30, 2013
1.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Excess for the sake of excess on the part of Scorsese, and it's a bore. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Philomena is a marvelous little movie, a heartwarming drama with plenty of comedic pathos that features Judi Dench, an incredibly bright, quickwitted woman, playing a simple Irish woman who doesn't get the jokes of her traveling companion. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The movie is a solid example of "the book on film" in spirit, and Lawrence is brilliant in a performance far beyond blockbuster-level acting. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " All is Lost is superior craftsmanship on the part of the filmmaker and his star, making a late-in-life "coming of age" story that transitions into a man's twilight and burns bright. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Dec 16, 2013
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 isn't close to being a bad movie, but it is arguably the weakest among the seven films in the series. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " A surprising lack of passion in this movie, as someone apparently mistook Dark World to mean Brooding, Lethargic World. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Nov 8, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a fun romp rooted in the idea that "goofy is good," especially when it's a tasty treat done with a knowing wink and a smile. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " By the end of the film, we really don't much about the men on board, or the hijackers, or even Phillips himself. He's simply an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation, but perhaps more ordinary than most. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Oct 13, 2013
3.5/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " The lasting legacy of an exceptional thriller is to not only be surprised on the first viewing, but also to realize the picture offers qualities to be enjoyed on repeat screenings. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2.5/4 52% The To Do List (2013) " Raunchy for the sake of being raunchy. Poignancy, a key element in making any sex comedy something more important, is lacking. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " The film is both personal and universal. Jordan can be so touching, and his intimidating ferocity is palpable. This is an important picture with a breakout performance. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 26, 2013
2/4 69% The Wolverine (2013) " It takes a special kind of talent to make the prime player from the X-Men movies a bore. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 26, 2013
1.5/4 50% White House Down (2013) " There is a difference between dumb fun and dumb. The new White House-under-attack movie celebrates all that is red, white and stupid. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " What makes this another winner is that there are more than enough subversive chuckles to balance out the sugar. It is almost impossible to not smile through the duration of the movie. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 5, 2013
1.5/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " What would Jay Silverheels say? Tonto laugh at bad movie, cannot fix with editing, much money wasted. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 5, 2013
2.5/4 65% The Heat (2013) " The good news is that McCarthy and Bullock are often hilarious together, so you don't have to worry about the story. The filmmakers didn't. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/4 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Coppola constructs their true-crime events rather conventionally for her usual style, but that's because she's smart enough to know that people this dumb don't need much embellishment. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3.5/4 74% The East (2013) " A crackling good political thriller, made in the spirit of some of the best espionage films, and with themes like eco-terrorism and whistleblowers that make it feel immediate like few recent dramas. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/4 68% World War Z (2013) " There's less blood and more brains (put to use in the making of the film, rather than being munched on...), and it feels more streamlined than some of this summer's more bloated entries. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2.5/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " The picture is very funny, and the animation is beautiful, and yet it's all a bit forgettable, by Pixar standards. That's the price of success. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2.5/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) " The film is about finding your inner child and acceptance and maturing into something greater. This is what gives me hope for the inevitable sequel. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3.5/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " Loving words mix with personal attacks, the magic moments with the unintended slights, as we witness the occasional desperation of imperfect people doing the best they can when life moves beyond meet-cute and courtship. That's authentic. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 25, 2013
1.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) " It made me believe I'd been transported to a Hollywood studio backlot, where Smith family movies are made. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2.5/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " This will be best enjoyed by those willing to be hoodwinked along with the characters. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/4 83% This Is the End (2013) " Rude, crude and socially unacceptable, and in all of those ways, it is hilarious. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2/4 64% Epic (2013) " An unfortunate name for such a simplistic, sleepy little eco-goofy animated movie. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted May 27, 2013
1/4 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " It is a sobering realization to exit the theater and know that I have come to despise the Wolf Pack and these movies. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted May 27, 2013
3/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " The international ensemble might resemble a bad beer commercial if these people didn't work together so seamlessly and have actual conversations and laughs about their pasts, their futures, life, love and, of course, cars. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted May 27, 2013
3.5/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Set phasers for fun with this blockbuster. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted May 27, 2013
2.5.4 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Too specific when it should be open to interpretation, and too concerned with style, it looks lavish -- but looks aren't everything. " ‐ Tulsa World
Posted May 14, 2013
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