Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Cole Smithey's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 97%

Being Evel (2015)

"Cultural identifiers don't come any bigger, meaner, or influential than Evel (nee Robert Craig) Knievel. " ‐
Posted Aug 29, 2015
A 73%

Youth (2015)

"[CANNES 2015] There is something to savor in every minute of this brilliant picture." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2015
A+ 86%

Blow-Up (1966)

"Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film is an allegorical murder mystery whose abstract parameters delineate a society where images are more important, and lasting, than reality. " ‐
Posted Aug 22, 2015
A- 100%

Quel maledetto treno blindato (The Inglorious Bastards) (1978)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Call it a "Spaghetti War" movie. Every veneer of reality is thrown out the window. This is the kind of fantasy war concept that Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux drew upon to write their hilarious war spoof "Tropic Thunder." " ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2015
A 97%

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Celebrated British director David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" is a textbook example of "epic" cinema." ‐
Posted Aug 12, 2015
C+ 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] It's an old law of screenwriting that any protagonist must have a worthy opponent. In the case of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," the heavy is a paper tiger. Next. " ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2015
B+ 93%

The Gift (2015)

""The Gift" is an original thriller tied up with a thematic bow about how everyone reaps what he or she sows. Karma is everywhere you look." ‐
Posted Aug 6, 2015
A- 88%

Ben-Hur (1959)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] It's worth sitting through four hours of Charlton Heston's hammy pregnant pauses of strained dialogue and toothy grimaces just to savor the legendary larger-than-life marathon where single rider chariots..." ‐
Posted Jul 25, 2015
C+ 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] If you've seen its trailer, you know the whole story for "Southless." Nonetheless, witnessing Gyllenhaal's ever-bloodied boxing monster come to life is worth the price of admission. " ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2015
A+ 80%

Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) (1987)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period." ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
A+ 100%

Jean De Florette (1986)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period. " ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
A+ 96%

The Look of Silence (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Oppenheimer's quest for "truth, justice, reconciliation and some form of healing" for Indonesian people might seem a lofty goal until you consider how badly America needs the exact same things." ‐
Posted Jul 15, 2015
B 88%

Mr. Holmes (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] So precise are McKellen's tender gestures and graceful expressions that regardless of this film's less-than-perfect narrative aspects, we are rapt with delight at the privilege of witnessing his performance. " ‐
Posted Jul 9, 2015
A+ 68%

Lolita (1997)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say it, Adrian Lyne's 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov's often banned 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick's beloved 1962 version." ‐
Posted Jul 5, 2015
A 85%

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Nina Simone's definition of freedom rings with the same truth as is found in her music. "What is freedom? No fear."" ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2015
A+ 96%

Solaris (1976)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Andrei Tarkovsky's prodigious ability to conceptualize grand-scale narrative structure with a fluid sense of cinematic time continues to influence filmmakers even if few rise to such dizzying heights." ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2015
A+ 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Children's book authors will be eating their hearts out over co-writer/director Peter Docter's brilliantly devised story about the different emotions that people (kids in specific) feel, and how they can control the voices in their heads. " ‐
Posted Jun 13, 2015
D 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Hollywood hastens its entropic slide with a dystopic children's story that lacks cohesion, logic, and even style." ‐
Posted Jun 11, 2015
A+ 86%

Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Brecht meets Douglas Sirk and Joseph Mankiewicz ("All About Eve") in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's delectable adaptation of his five-act stageplay, a lesbian triangle of role- switching polarities between dominance and submission. " ‐
Posted Jun 11, 2015
B 85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] You can't help but root for these highly articulate and reserved kids to make good in the real world. You just might be hearing more from the "Wolfpack" as filmmakers in their own right." ‐
Posted Jun 8, 2015
B- 82%

Hot Girls Wanted (2015)

"If nothing else, "Hot Girls Wanted" is instructional on a real-world level about the risks and minimal rewards of Internet porn." ‐
Posted Jun 6, 2015
B+ 93%

An Open Secret (2015)

"This is a film that matters." ‐
Posted Jun 4, 2015
A- 95%

Amy (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] The must-see-documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Asif Kapadia's ambitious biography of Amy Winehouse is a devastating look at how some of the people closest to her contributed to the singer/songwriter's untimely demise. " ‐
Posted Jun 1, 2015
A 85%

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Elaine May wrote and directed "Mikey and Nicky" (1976) as a feminist think piece driven by her volatile male characters. " ‐
Posted Jun 1, 2015
A- 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Instant cult-classic? You bet." ‐
Posted May 30, 2015
A+ 94%

Carol (2015)

"[CANNES 2015] Here is a film that doesn't need any awards to stake its worthiness. That said, awards of some variety will surely follow." ‐
Posted May 28, 2015
F 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"[CANNES 2015] of the worst adaptations of a Shakespeare play ever to be projected onto a movie screen." ‐
Posted May 23, 2015
B 82%

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016)

"[CANNES 2015] Muddled yet delightfully grotesque, ribald, and opulent "Tale of Tales" breathes with the cinematic madness of Ken Russell. " ‐
Posted May 14, 2015
A- 86%

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] What a difference a remake can make." ‐
Posted Apr 29, 2015
B+ 72%

Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Visually lush, and powerfully acted by a quartet of England's finest actors, John Schlesinger's "Far From the Madding Crowd" is admirable in spite of its imprecise narrative focus and flaws in its direction." ‐
Posted Apr 29, 2015
A 88%

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

"No matter how many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the all-out insanity of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," very few have even come close. " ‐
Posted Apr 26, 2015
A 80%

Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Behind its soap opera appearance, Almodovar makes pointed political statements that bruise." ‐
Posted Apr 22, 2015
B 100%

Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" throws another damning chapter of accusations at America's openly racist authoritarian system that surreptitiously condones the murder of its black citizens. Call it what it is, genocide-by-degree. " ‐
Posted Apr 21, 2015
B 57%

Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015)

"Dena Seidel's straight-ahead documentary captures the majestic beauty of the West Antarctic peninsula where the ice-sheet melt has been deemed "unstoppable." " ‐
Posted Apr 19, 2015
A+ 97%

Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (1987)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Au Revoir Les Enfants" is a heartbreakingly confessional wartime film made all the more effective by the care with which the subjective story is told. Its sense of loss is profound." ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2015
A 94%

Black Souls (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Black Souls" hurts." ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
A- 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Smart, sexy, and back-loaded with a terrific twist ending, "Ex Machina" is an elegant sci-fi movie that considers the possibilities of artificial intelligence in thought-provoking ways." ‐
Posted Apr 7, 2015
A+ 100%

Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujirô Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out. " ‐
Posted Apr 6, 2015
C- 84%

While We're Young (2015)

" "While We're Young" is a movie that recedes while you're watching it. " ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2015
B- 72%

5 to 7 (2015)

"For all of its artificial plotting and clichéd dialogue, "5 to 7" has its charms. " ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2015
A 87%

Lambert & Stamp (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Even if you've never heard of "The Who," as improbable as that seems, "Lambert & Stamp" is an infectiously captivating retelling of that brilliant band's origin and strange journeys..." ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2015
A+ 63%

Bitter Moon (1992)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] A be-all-and-end-all example of erotic drama..." ‐
Posted Mar 21, 2015
D+ 8%

Growing Up and Other Lies (2015)

"Everything about the movie has a sloppy, throwaway feel to it." ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 61%

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

"As much an essential missing piece for audiences of David Lynch's groundbreaking 1991-'92 television series ("Twin Peaks") to gain closure as a stand-alone film, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" is an alternately funny, harrowing, and bizarre experience. " ‐
Posted Mar 20, 2015
A+ 100%

M (1931)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] A precursor to the serial killer and policier genres, "M" is first and foremost a suspense thriller made all the more gripping because the identity of the killer is revealed in the first act." ‐
Posted Mar 11, 2015
A+ 71%

Red Hollywood (2014)

"Indispensable." ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2015
A 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Branagh's well-steeped history of producing, directing, and acting in film versions of Shakespeare's plays echoes in the context of a much beloved, (formerly animated) children's classic. " ‐
Posted Mar 7, 2015
B+ 79%

Queen and Country (2015)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Boorman's unfussy approach to his youthful past creates a warm sense of familiarity with the characters he presents, however quirky their motivations may be." ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A+ 100%

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] a bitter reminder that those in authority will continue to abuse their authority with impunity knowing that even if they are caught there will be plenty of similarly dirty allies to protect them. " ‐
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A 98%

The Overnighters (2014)

"One of the most potent examples of cinéma vérité to arrive in recent years, Jesse Moss's "The Overnighters" transcends the genre with a multifaceted examination of complex social issues facing the town of Williston, North Dakota. " ‐
Posted Feb 26, 2015