Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
Tomatometer-approved critic
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Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Manhattan
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T-Meter Title | Year
C- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Glib. Forgettable. This is a Cheese Whiz movie for 12-year-olds, not for adults. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
A+ 89% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) (2019) To watch this film is to go back in time. Politics be damned, life is where you are. Physical exile is real. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
A+ 90% Los Olvidados (1952) You won't find any pity in "Los Olvidados," but you will experience the full effect of Buñuel's unvarnished filmic system of delivering onion layers of social realism. Think for yourself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
A 83% Queen & Slim (2019) "Queen & Slim" rates as great pick for a date movie if you're in the mood to get some. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
B 36% Seberg (2020) Kristen Stewart is just so damned convincing as Jean Seberg. We buy her, heart and soul. To say that Ms. Stewart's portrayal is brilliant is a vast understatement. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2021
F 73% The Lodge (2020) Irredeemable shite. "The Lodge" is a mean-spirited, ignorant assault on Cinema, and on its audience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2021
A- 87% The Social Dilemma (2020) "The Social Dilemma" is the most important documentary of 2020 if you're smart and free enough to take its dire message that social media is a Frankenstein monster killing us like insects drawn to it's grotesque fascination. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
A 83% Happiest Season (2020) Move over "Home For The Holidays" (Jodie Foster's 1995 holiday favorite); there's finally a better family holiday movie for audiences to rally around. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
A+ 96% Nomadland (2020) In the face of Hollywood's drought of humane Cinema comes an understated exposé of staggering editorial substance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
B+ 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) As a filmmaker, George Clooney still has some things to learn about pacing, shifting tempos, and editing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2021
A- 28% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) grab a romantically inclined mate, and settle in for some good old-fashioned simmering Irish passion. Tears and laughs will follow. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
A+ 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is the best film of 2020. Viola Davis once again does August Wilson proud. Electric. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
A 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The jokes can be pointed, and at times on the rare side, but never raw. Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, and Rob Brydon are much too sophisticated for that. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
A 86% Cookie's Fortune (1999) This is black comedy light, but you'll catch the undercurrent of ingrained racism in the hands of Glenn Close's villainess character Camille Dixon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
A- 85% Ghost Town (2008) David Koepp's 1998 New York City romcom could improve your amorous relationship, even if it's a first date. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
A+ 100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) Ric Burns's brilliant deep-dive documentary captures the complex mind and wild life story of a man whose influence continues to expand across global societies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
B+ 83% Dead Ringers (1988) "Dead Ringers" is by no means a date movie. This is one effed up little horror flick. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
A- 78% Terms of Endearment (1983) Dysfunctional adults, an unhappy marriage, too many kids, a cruel mom, an over-the-hill astronaut, and cancer are elements in this hardcore tear-jerker. Cry, cry, cry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
A+ 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly are exquisite as the comic duo who charmed the world in this immaculate picture. Five stars! - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
B+ 83% Model Shop (1968) This is a movie you can dream into, even as nightmare glimpses of American sexual repression and capitalist culture of greed and war come and go. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
A+ 95% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman" is to Martin Scorsese what "Sandinista" was to The Clash, a generous gift of art meant to entertain, inspire, and inform. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
F 94% Marriage Story (2019) Jennifer Jason Leigh will never watch this movie, and neither should she. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
F 68% Joker (2019) Cinema is dead. Here is your proof. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 95% Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) Here is a comic performance that's from the ages, and for the ages. It doesn't get any better than this. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B+ 89% Rocketman (2019) Hindered by faulty construction and lax editing that tires out the audience long before its two-hour run time passes, "Rocketman" is nonetheless an energetic fantasy version of Elton John's incredible career in music. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
A 84% The Brink (2019) To view "The Brink" is to get a peek behind office doors at private meetings of right wing radicals from far and wide intent on spreading hate, greed, and brutality through political and corporate means. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
B+ 43% The Ninth Gate (1999) There are plenty of silly bumps and loopy twists that don't sufficiently fulfill a dynamic dramatic arc for the film's slightly long running time, but no jolting scares. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
C- 88% Hummus! The Movie (2019) More character and social study than the historically relevant document you might hope for, "Hummus! The Movie" comes up short. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
B 38% The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Seek out this enjoyable little movie if you are so inclined; it's still better than some Oscar-nominated movies that might come across. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
A- 52% The World Is Not Enough (1999) The World Is Not Enough is, pound for explosion pound, a great return on your entertainment dollar. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
A 57% Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) John Woo's summer blockbuster is surely the most elegant and graceful example of cinema's technology advanced comeuppance so far. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B- 16% Ghost Ship (2002) the movie's over-the-top opening sequence is worth the price of admission alone. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
D 80% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) inept magical realist story infused with a tone-deaf sense of humor and a vague sense of thematic direction. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
C- 93% The Favourite (2018) "The Favourite" isn't even a pale imitation of the sardonic satire that it aspires to. Where is the Marquis de Sade when you need him most? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
C 87% Colette (2018) "Colette" fails even as a generic period drama because it doesn't dare show what truly drives its characters' carnal passions. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
B- 94% The American Meme (2018) In a bumbling manner "The American Meme" exposes the hollowness of social media platforms that chew up people's lives in the interest of likes and follows. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
B 77% Green Book (2018) "Green Book" isn't all that interesting but for its inadvertent role as a potential conversation starter about Mortensen's N-word-related chastisement - assuming anyone is willing to talking about it openly. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
A+ 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) The film raises as many answers as it does questions. Yes, you read that right. Only Paul Verhoeven can match Von Trier's mastery of satire. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
A 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coen Brothers' latest movie is a hoot. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
A+ 100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) Jeremy Workman connects Matt Green's foot journey to the real-time scale of New York City and to the soul of its citizens. This inspired documentary is perfect. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
A- 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a fun ride that will put a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye, and more than one terrific song in your heart. Go with it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 60% Ophelia (2019) "Ophelia" is a refreshing addition to the bold sub-genre of Shakespeare-inspired plays and films that weave in and around the prolific English playwright's esteemed works. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B- 76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Sure it's all style with not much substance but that's the point. If you're in the mood for virtuosic visual panache involving machine guns, gold, cars, motorcycles, fire, smoke, and blood, then you're in business. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
C- 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) What would it have taken for Spike Lee to go balls to the walls like he did on his best film "Do The Right Thing"? We'll never know. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C- 42% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) "The Song of Sway Lake" is hardly what you'd call a satisfying movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) "Mission: Impossible" is the closest thing Hollywood has going next to a James Bond franchise, and going it is. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
A+ 97% Free Solo (2018) To watch "Free Solo" is to take a journey into an incredibly dangerous if joyful world of free physical expression. Go on the adventure of a lifetime. The rewards are enormous. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
F 33% The Predator (2018) There isn't single reason I can think of to see "The Predator" other than to be reminded of how low Hollywood and American sensibilities have sunk. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C 94% Blindspotting (2018) America's ever-festering boil of racism continues to claim the lives of minorities and those unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when guns are drawn. "Blindspotting" plays it safe; who can blame it for that? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
D 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) [VIDEO ESSAY] This is agitprop junk politics in the interest of normalizing hellishly violent acts, frequently involving children, in the context of America's raging border war against immigrant refugees. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2018