Neil Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Film4 , Heat Magazine , Independent , Popcorn , rec.arts.movies.reviews , SFX Magazine , thelondonpaper , Total Film , Uncut Magazine [UK] , ViewLondon
Total Reviews:
833

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 —— We Are The Freaks " Mohawked rich kid Chunks (Sean Teale) is alone in leaving an impression, though only by being the most obnoxious one." — Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 18% Honour (2014) " A serious subject receives a simplistic treatment in an ill-conceived thriller in which the emotive (and timely) issue of honour killings becomes just another plot device." — Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Our host's lilting voiceover remains an acquired taste, but his boundless passion is never in question." — Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
1/5 38% The Fold " John Jencks' drama boasts some nice Cornish scenery, but it's not enough to offset the clunky dialogue, overwrought performances and Richards' inability to convince us she's a violin-playing prodigy." — Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " There's more than enough to keep you entertained and diverted." — Total Film
Posted Mar 5, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Shana Feste's bland and timid remake will be lucky to be remembered beyond this paragraph." — Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " A solid outing for a re-Bourne hero that could, with a few key tweaks, generate another round of vehicles for the Clancy cash cow." — Total Film
Posted Jan 19, 2014
4/5 75% Oh Boy " Worth seeking out." — Total Film
Posted Jan 19, 2014
4/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " This classy adap of a much-garlanded stage play will appeal to discerning audiences who can tolerate unpleasant characters with potty mouths if they're played by Oscar winners." — Total Film
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Jillette's ebullient on-screen presence goes some way towards energising a movie in which we are asked to watch paint dry." — Total Film
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/5 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " A sort of-sequel that only dovetails with the 2007 original via a strained coda and its use of the increasingly tired-looking found-footage gimmick." — Total Film
Posted Jan 5, 2014
3/5 31% Age of the Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas " Director Arnaud des Pallières lends a bleak austerity to the story, but with only one murky battle scene to quicken the blood it's hardly a recipe for unbridled excitement." — Total Film
Posted Dec 31, 2013
1/5 40% The Harry Hill Movie " Awash with silliness - gun-toting chickens, performing Dachshunds, Jim Broadbent in charlady drag - yet weirdly bereft of mirth ..." — Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Ignore the chit-chat ... and the CG critters wow." — Total Film
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " Surrender to its rhythms and you'll find poetry in its anthropological austerity." — Total Film
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 94% Aladdin (1992) " An instant classic and a massive hit, it emboldened Michael Eisner's outfit to go further, weirder, darker." — Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) " A lumbering farce that takes an unpleasantly sadistic glee in violence, murder and intimidation." — Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 62% Love, Marilyn (2012) " Given the number of Marilyn memorials already out there, this is just another pleasant, un-revelatory way to say goodbye Norma Jean." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " As Aretha might say, respect." — Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Marvel's man with the mallet does all that's required of him in a breakneck sequel that's never dark for long." — Total Film
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 68% One Chance (2014) " Potts does the singing himself, but that doesn't stop Justin Zackham's contrived script from sounding bum notes throughout." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Green fashions a slow-burn charmer that's a million miles from Pineapple Express in tone, pace and content. But just like that film, the odd couple interplay is beautifully judged." — Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Squeezing every drop of tension from wet-ink recent history, Phillips only falters when making its protagonists mouthpieces in a broader geopolitical debate. Otherwise, it's full steam ahead to the Oscars." — Total Film
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 31% Emperor (2013) " Fun when Jones is around, dull when he's not, it's all just a little bit of history repeating." — Total Film
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/5 43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " Twists pile as high as corpses before an overcooked ending sends things spiraling into silliness." — Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2013
1/5 8% Justin and the Knights of Valour " It may have Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett on board, but this 3D cartoon about a would-be knight is more dreck than Shrek." — Total Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " Makes for [an] entertaining watch before succumbing to the same bombastic overkill." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Washington and Wahlberg are an effective double act in an intermittently exciting thriller with more twists than it needs." — Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2013
2/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " Divine inspiration's in short supply in the sophomore outing for the teenage demigod, here afflicted with a crisis of confidence Thor Freudenthal's so-so sequel seems to share." — Total Film
Posted Aug 8, 2013
1/5 15% Top Cat:The Movie (UK) " What really raises the hackles are its tatty attempts to update the character to a modern New York filled with mobile phones, surveillance cameras and robot cops." — Total Film
Posted Aug 2, 2013
1/5 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " It's the same sappy drivel as before ..." — Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Though it doesn't have the vibrant wit and zip of an Avengers Assemble, or the allegorical grandeur of a Dark Knight, it's a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine's first solo outing." — Total Film
Posted Jul 17, 2013
2/5 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Can't decide if it's a broad farce or a poignant portrait." — Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " A joyous portrait of an unformed personality that should strike chords of recognition in all who watch it." — Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 68% Renoir (2013) " A film of lazy days, sleepless nights and mellow moments that will likely test the patience of those unwilling to resign to its unhurried pace." — Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 11% After Earth (2013) " For all its mealymouthed dialogue and often comical solemnity After Earth at least delivers consistently diverting entertainment ..." — Total Film
Posted Jun 3, 2013
3/5 38% The Purge (2013) " James DeMonaco's blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities." — Total Film
Posted May 30, 2013
4/5 53% The Comedian " Mike Leigh in miniature, without the caricature." — Total Film
Posted May 29, 2013
1/5 2% Battlefield Earth (2000) " The emphasis placed on indoctrination, enslavement and superior alien intelligence brings the film troublingly close to subliminal propaganda, while the script is so banal you'd have to be brainwashed to enjoy it." — Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2013
1/5 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " Wedding isn't telling a story so much as selling a lifestyle - one that, rather like Heigl's morning sickness, makes you want to vomit." — Total Film
Posted May 15, 2013
3/5 62% Byzantium (2013) " A stylish and moody mood piece infused with an intriguing feminist slant." — Total Film
Posted May 10, 2013
1/5 54% All Stars " Some day, God willing, there will be a moratorium on films about plucky kids putting on talent shows to save their schools/parks/yoof centres from predatory developers." — Total Film
Posted Apr 22, 2013
3/5 58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) " Had Merchant Ivory ever gone Down Under, they'd probably have fashioned something in the vein of this mannered chamber piece." — Total Film
Posted Apr 22, 2013
1/5 4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) " A laughter vacuum whose race to parody the likes of Mama and the new Evil Dead remake didn't stretch to writing actual jokes." — Total Film
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3/5 74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " It's a frothy affair ... albeit one that still manges to be rueful and sombre when occasion demands." — Total Film
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/5 42% Flying Blind " Sex, suspicion and unmanned drones make for an intriguing mix ..." — Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2013
4/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " The leads make sweet music in an affecting four-piece that, if not note perfect, plays well to their individual strengths." — Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
3/5 84% Dragon (2012) " Peter Ho-Sun Chan's frenetic, high-kicking thriller runs a full 20 minutes shorter than it did at Cannes in 2011 and feels all the better for it." — Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
2/5 12% Red Dawn (2012) " The doltish, messy and frequently incoherent result bears all the hallmarks of a botched and compromised endeavour." — Total Film
Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/5 100% Michael H. Profession: Director " An insightful portrait of the Austrian auteur that combines footage of him piecing together scenes from Amour, The White Ribbon and Code Unknown with typically brusque interviews." — Total Film
Posted Mar 7, 2013
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