Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Tulsa World
Total Reviews:
144

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 144
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " You've seen a magician call for a volunteer from the audience, and then once on stage put that person into a deep sleep, right? This movie does that to an entire audience. " — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2/4 38% Dead Man Down (2013) " This is murky stuff plot-wise, but there's something odd and original about the relationship between Farrell's and Rapace's characters, in their mutual vengeance and shared pain." — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 9, 2013
3/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " There will be a high nostalgia factor for those who love the original, but Oz the Great and Powerful can stand on its own. This is a rollicking adventure and wondrously entertaining. " — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 9, 2013
2/4 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " It has a better chance of boring you to death than inducing fear. " — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 5, 2013
2/4 39% Dark Skies (2013) " Why do aliens unload the pantry and stack items in the form of an abstract art project, or make little boys wet their pants? Who knows, and who cares." — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 1, 2013
2/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " A big-budget bore that can't decide whether it wants to play more to a fanboy audience or a family audience, virtually ensuring that it will please neither. " — Tulsa World
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3.5/4 93% Amour (2012) " Amour is a pure depiction of love, in all its many forms." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2/4 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " The wow-factor is incredibly low. Stormy skies, blowing winds and turning teen boys into raging horndogs are part of the natural world and don't require much in the way of witchcraft." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/4 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " The poster-child for the big, dumb action movie, but Bruce Willis as John McClane makes everything better." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 15, 2013
3/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Unlike much of early 2013's dead-on-arrival movie fare, this picture has a pulse, and a brain, and a heart that beats strong." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 4, 2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Guess what is unexpected about this journey? Nothing, as there isn't one surprise in watching this continuation of the cinematic telling of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth tales." — Tulsa World
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2.5/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " If this proves to be a transitional film, let it be as an introduction to an agent who comes back with his sense of humor intact. " — Tulsa World
Posted Nov 9, 2012
4/4 96% Argo (2012) " Affleck's triumph is the way he blends multiple tones in making 'Argo' work as an Iran story, a Hollywood story and a Washington, D.C., story." — Tulsa World
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2.5/4 74% The Whistleblower (2011) " The film is at its best when showing how blind justice can be, and why people in occupied countries don't automatically cheer when so-called "peacekeepers" arrive in their country." — Tulsa World
Posted Sep 19, 2011
1.5/4 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " It just might be the worst sequel ever to a really good movie." — Tulsa World
Posted May 27, 2011
3.5/4 92% Source Code (2011) " Duncan Jones' twisty sci-fi gem knows how to build a mystery, how to parcel out clues, and how to keep an audience guessing until the end. " — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 1, 2011
59% Leaves of Grass (2010) " This is Tim Blake Nelson's affectionate and curious vision of his native Oklahoma, and what he sees makes for a uniquely restless, ribald motion picture." — Tulsa World
Posted Sep 17, 2010
3/4 66% The American (2010) " Clooney further solidifies himself as the modern cinematic model of the disillusioned American male" — Tulsa World
Posted Sep 1, 2010
2/4 41% The Expendables (2010) " While much of the film feels as slow as Stallone, 64, at a full sprint, the last 30 minutes is a blast. Literally. The movie's theme is overkill." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 14, 2010
2/4 74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " So much time is devoted to chases and ricocheting bullets that whimsy for whimsy's sake takes over." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/4 81% Solitary Man (2010) " It became such a bore that I found myself watching a 60-year-old man and repeatedly saying, Will you just grow up? It's just sad." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/4 62% Salt (2010) " I should have been spending time considering why the defector would lie and why Salt would run, but I couldn't get past wondering why there are so many ponderous flashbacks." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2.5 96% Restrepo (2010) " The film's depiction is honest, but showcasing anything more engaging or important proves elusive. " — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
1.5/4 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " This thin slice of so-called history is both so narrow in focus and out of focus that even the most devoted fans are likely to be disappointed." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3.5/4 86% Inception (2010) " Is the movie over-thought? Sometimes, yes. But challenging material is rarely as satisfying as in this blockbuster from one of the dream factory's most gifted artisans. " — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3.5/4 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " It's no less than a classic portrait of an American family." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
2/4 79% The Other Guys (2010) " Ferrell is funny. But any actor who allows himself to make the same movie again and again, with only slight variations, can expect the law of diminishing returns to kick in. " — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
4/4 94% Winter's Bone (2010) " There are so many unforgettable scenes, in which I found my heart racing at not knowing what was about to happen, that I found myself forgetting to breathe." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3.5/4 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " The driving force is the snappy, witty script, one of the year's best, and each actor completely buying into Wright's camp-up-the-comedy kookiness." — Tulsa World
Posted Aug 13, 2010
3/4 73% Iron Man 2 (2010) " It has more characters, more stuff blown to bits, more of everything. It's a condition common to sequels, and it can be both a good and bad thing, but this is still great fun." — Tulsa World
Posted May 8, 2010
3/4 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " The kind of remake that I wish Hollywood would make more of: Take an old film that had great ideas but wasn't a great film, and get it right the second time." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
2/4 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " A head trip into blunderland." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
2/4 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) " Yes, there are some laugh-out-loud moments, but this is a one-joke movie." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
1/4 20% The Last Song (2010) " Watching her graduate into mature roles is like watching a 17-year-old girl graduate from high school: So young, so full of promise, so little idea how to act like a grown-up." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
3.5/4 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " Deserving of the highest praise for a family film: I walked out ready to see it again, but with my kids in tow the second time around." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
2.5/4 26% Why Did I Get Married Too (2010) " It shows a maturing in Perry's work from the pandering of his men-are-all-dogs films." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
3/4 69% The Runaways (2010) " While the script only scrapes at surface details of the story of the Runaways, the movie looks and sounds just right." — Tulsa World
Posted Apr 9, 2010
2/4 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " A safe, bland, test-marketed product made for tween mass consumption. Like most films arriving with ampersands and colons in the title, it's a bore." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3.5/4 69% Shutter Island (2010) " By the time this twisty mystery unfolds its ideas of how the past haunts people, how guilt consumes and how memories shape our mind's machinery, the result is elegant, creepy, fantastic cinema." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 19, 2010
3.5/4 91% Crazy Heart (2009) " The songs are original, blues-fueled country tunes of love and loss that remind of 1970s gems from Waylon Jennings, written in a register that fits Bridges' low tone perfectly." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 15, 2010
2/4 34% The Wolfman (2010) " The 2010 version is a creature of its time, unfortunately. It has little idea how to create tension, a liability that director Joe Johnston conceals with a high gross-out factor." — Tulsa World
Posted Feb 15, 2010
3/4 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " Michael Cera can't forever play a teenage boy in search of lust. That's a shame, because there are a lot of lousy movies in this genre, and he's in the good ones." — Tulsa World
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/4 85% A Single Man (2009) " The designer with a style of combining new trends with classic elements of the past takes that theme to the cinema with dynamic effect." — Tulsa World
Posted Jan 15, 2010
2/4 85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " A toothless nostalgia trip, awash in name-dropping and only occasionally charming as a coming-of-age story." — Tulsa World
Posted Dec 28, 2009
3/4 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " The delight of Downey and Law in combination proves you don't have to feature a great villain or a complete story if you've got two super heroes." — Tulsa World
Posted Dec 28, 2009
4/4 91% Up in the Air (2009) " Jason Reitman is America's smartest young filmmaker." — Tulsa World
Posted Dec 23, 2009
4/4 83% Avatar (2009) " Director James Cameron has once again reminded us why we go to the movies and why screens the size of the stories-tall Imax are still necessary." — Tulsa World
Posted Dec 20, 2009
1.5/4 33% Terminator Salvation (2009) " Great Terminator movies feature brains as well as entertainment value, brawn as well as fun, and James Cameron's innovations. Salvation has none of these things." — Tulsa World
Posted May 22, 2009
2.5/4 76% Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009) " There's a lot to like about Shall We Kiss? once it really gets going, which is about one-third of the way into the picture." — Tulsa World
Posted May 15, 2009
3/4 37% Angels & Demons (2009) " Yes, the film is a helluva lot more entertaining than The Da Vinci Code. Yes, Tom Hanks and Robert Langdon have been to the barber." — Tulsa World
Posted May 15, 2009
3/4 91% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) " The film's power in capturing some of the seemingly banal moments of everyday life punctuate with bang-bang fervor the human loss that accumulates later." — Tulsa World
Posted May 11, 2009
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