Neil Pond

Neil Pond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Neil Pond'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
3/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "The title helps set the creepy stage right off the bat, and the opening credits--which play over a "dreamy" scene that you slowly realize is actually a nightmare--hit you like a punch to the gut. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "No splashy special effects---but lots of real splashes, and plenty of emotion centered around one fin-tastic dolphin, Winter, whose true tale continues to uplift and inspire. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 7% The Identical (2014) "A bland, edge-less, Elvis-tinged parable, with nothing to offend, shock or rub even the most sensitive of sensibilities the wrong way-like a lot of Elvis' music, or his own movies. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 26% As Above, So Below (2014) "A hopelessly tangled, shaky-cam knot of "gotcha!" haunted-house images, loopy, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo and bargain-basement recycled ideas from other movies. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "The plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren't wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "Despite being a bit too long, more than a bit predictable and a whole lot of corny, it has a lot of heart, and like a platter of yummy things presented by a hostess who relentlessly pours on the charm, it eventually wears down your resistance. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "A rollicking carnival ride halfway across the universe and back that leaves you with a big, goofy, satisfied smile when it's over. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 80% Get On Up (2014) "Sharp storytelling and direction take us inside, outside and all around Brown, across a span of nearly six decades---and through it all, we see, hear and feel the rhythm, music and grooves and drove him forward. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) "A sitcom-like blob of sentimental geriatric gloop. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 23% Tammy (2014) "It's one banged-up, scuffed-up, dented mess of a movie, but somehow, nonetheless, McCarthy makes it out, to the other side. To what, now, is the real question. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2.5/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) "Grownups and geeks may fixate on how much the movie borrows from Spielberg and others, but kids likely won't catch any of it--and likely won't care. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/5 83% Begin Again (2014) "The elements of the story interlace in delightful, heartwarming, human ways, all led by the music. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "In a summer of sequels, the most laughs so far, and by far, come from a raunchy retro repeat that makes plenty of fun of its own recycled folly-and expense. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "Witty, rousing, heartwarming, sensational-looking, and at times touching, uplifting and even moving---and proof that Hollywood's still making movies that virtually all ages can enjoy, appreciate and admire. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) "Law tears into his role like he's like one of Shakespeare's most scabrous lost characters somehow unleashed in the modern world, and he clearly relishes the grit and the gristle. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "Smarter, sharper and deeper than most movies targeted at teens--and much more than just a story about kids with cancer. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/5 49% Maleficent (2014) "Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 14% Blended (2014) "You get a sense of where it's headed as the first scene opens to the sound of a toilet flushing and the sight of Drew Barrymore exiting a public restroom stall. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 91% Locke (2014) "Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 21, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) "More cynical viewers might wish for a more cynical movie, but for anyone who wants to bask in a ray of early summer sunshine, this uplifting, spirit-boosting tale could be just your ticket. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) "Director Nick Cassavettes lacks the deft touch to bring off the right blend of humor and humanity needed for a "revenge comedy" that ventures into the tricky trifecta of love, marriage and serial adultery. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "It's jam-packed, stuffed with too much of everything, especially bad guys-do we really need three of them? Perhaps next time, this itsy bitsy spider won't have such a hard time fighting for his own spotlight. " ‐ American Profile
Posted May 5, 2014
3.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "Anderson's sights are like scenes from a storybook, and the actors move and speak with a clockwork cadence that adds to the sense of comedic orchestration. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 61% Draft Day (2014) "Fans will enjoy the air of authenticity, spotting the real-life sports personalities---and throwing penalty flags when Hollywood puts a bit too much melodramatic spin on the subject. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) "A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) "A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 78% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) "A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 40% Divergent (2014) "Young adult audiences can SO relate. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) "The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.' " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "A story about creativity, independence and cooperation running on a crazy rail of pop-cultural riffs and satirical references, understated comedic nuance and explosively absurd visual magic. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) "Twists, turns, a serious tussle in the lavatory, and a rip-roarin' finish that had one woman seated behind me whooping, gasping and hollering "Save the baby!!!" " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 4, 2014
2.5/5 49% RoboCop (2014) "Too much of this rebooted robot tale just feels recycled instead of refreshed, especially compared to the visceral, original kick of its groundbreaking '80s predecessor. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 91% Nebraska (2013) "A simple road trip that becomes something much bigger, much broader, and much deeper-a tale of fathers and sons and families and the many shades of grey in the wide spectrum of love. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Feb 17, 2014
2.5/5 31% The Monuments Men (2014) "'Oceans 11' plus 'Saving Private Ryan' divided by 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' " ‐ American Profile
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 33% Labor Day (2014) "Brolin and Winslet, fine actors both, do their best, but they're fighting an undertow in a sea of cheese, and the movie fails to fan their coals of passion into anything resembling a flame. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) "An old-fashioned romantic convention run through an innovative wavelength of sci-fi wi-fi that doesn't seem all that out of sync with today. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/5 18% Ride Along (2014) "A quick roll in a barrel of cheap, hollow laughs down a familiar, forgettable road that we've traveled many times before. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jan 20, 2014
1.5/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) "Through the centuries, the legend of Hercules has survived. It will survive the splat of this big B.C. cheese ball, too. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) "If I had a towel, I'd have thrown it in long before the legacies of two great movies were slammed to the mat and ground into a crappy comedy like this one. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "For anyone who can feel its genuine grasp of its subjects, its music and its times in its deep, dig-it grooves, this cinematic sonnet to a struggling '60s singer might just become a greatest hit. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) "It's all hip, humorous, sad, edgy and immensely entertaining, this sprawling period parable about a group of greedy people who aren't who they purport themselves to be. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) "A story behind a story behind a story that will strike a sentimental chord with anyone who remembers Disney's 1964 hit about a certain singing, flying British nanny. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) "Cinematographer Tobias Schliessler shoots the violence as if it's both horrific and saintly, a Passion play of blood, saliva and bodies battered to pulp for a higher cause. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) "Not exactly a new royal standard for Disney females, but these two princesses do pack a two-fisted punch about the power of love and waiting for the right person who's 'worth melting for.' " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2.5/5 48% Black Nativity (2013) "This modest little feel-good movie won't contend for any major awards (unlike Whitaker's other movie this year, 'The Butler'), but its heart is in the right place. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/5 39% Delivery Man (2013) "Has a message about family, connectivity and belonging but makes you slog down a long road of soppy, artificially sweet goop to get to it. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) "A spectacular, galvanizing display of how this one-time Hollywood "golden boy," now 77, can still commandeer the screen. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Nov 18, 2013
2.5/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "Super-fans will get their fix, but everyone else might feel like they're being hammered into submission by a major marketing plan. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Nov 11, 2013
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