Cole Smithey Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cole Smithey

Cole Smithey
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- 51% Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Josh Hartnett ("Sin City") indulges in a snappy tongue-in-cheek puzzle of a thriller that's akin to eating ten flavors of ice cream at once.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2006
C 86% Thank You for Smoking (2006) Reitman's inability to pay off on any of the film's skeletal sub-plots leaves Aaron Eckhart holding the narrative bag even if the capable actor carries the movie on his brawny shoulders like an obsolete Atlas.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2006
B+ 73% V for Vendetta (2006) V For Vendetta is a glorious piece of pop culture subversive cinema that operates on manifold levels.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2006
C+ 49% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) "The Hills Have Eyes" is an intense horror movie that should send more than a few viewers with weak stomachs running for the restroom.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2006
C+ 56% 16 Blocks (2006) Mos Def doesn't so much steal scenes as palm them away from the action around him to create an oasis of naturalism.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2006
B 25% Madea's Family Reunion (2006) Domestic violence, incest and greed are some of the issues that boil over in this sweet and sour comedy that adheres to theatrical guidelines that are seldom politically correct.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2006
D+ 50% The White Countess (2005) James Ivory would have done well to take his from "Casablanca" since that similarly themed film achieves everything that this film aspires to but ultimately fails at.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2006
A+ 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "Do the Right Thing" is a film whose ability to entertain, provoke, and question has not diminished in the least.‐
Posted Feb 13, 2006
B- 72% Eight Below (2006) The dogs' remarkable acting abilities admirably serve the bulk of the movie...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2006
B 82% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) Hopkins transports a simple story about an aging man with an ageless dream into the stuff of legend.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2006
B 43% Final Destination 3 (2006) Whether conscious or not on the part of the filmmakers, the gory logic follows America's understandable desire to rationalize the effects of such physical violence that its invisible soldiers are suffering in Afghanistan and Iraq.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2006
C- 61% Something New (2006) "Something New" is a tentative baby step toward a hopefully improving cinematic dialogue about the fact of interracial relations and their acceptance in our society.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2006
C- 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) The movie is hampered by production designer Michael Howell's garish neon color palate contrasted against clownish costumes by Nic Ede...‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2006
B- 55% Glory Road (2006) Debut director James Gartner struggles with solidifying the film's socially explosive period aspects against the exacting demands of recreating a season's worth of hair raising basketball games surging toward the 1966 NCAA tournament.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2006
B+ 46% Hoodwinked (2005) With or without the 3-D, "Hoodwinked!" is a clever screwball take on the Little Red Riding Hood fable that speaks to the kid in all of us.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2006
C+ 50% The Producers (2005) The play may be lousy, but the actors are great.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2006
A 78% Munich (2005) "Munich" is at once a deeply disturbing and ardently effective film that operates successfully as a political thriller and as a cautionary tale.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2005
B+ 84% King Kong (2005) "King Kong" is a rare film that would be improved with a "director's cut" that excised rather than added.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2005
B- 87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ang Lee creates a compelling atmospheric film in spite of the story's obedient propagation of Hollywood's cliché myth that gay people must eventually be punished with lethal violence.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2005
B+ 75% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a weighty children's story about how children make the transition into young adults during a time of crisis.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2005
A- 72% Syriana (2005) The thematic temperature of "Syriana" runs hot and doesn't waste a single second of film time.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
C- 46% Rent (2005) "Rent" is a wet blanket musical compared to the likes of "West Side Story" or "Cabaret."‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2005
6/10 46% The Ice Harvest (2005) It's an anti-Christmas black comedy for every card-carrying Grinch.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2005
A 82% Walk the Line (2005) Joaquin's trademark stiff shoulders morph into those of country music legend Johnny Cash even if Cash never carried himself with such defensiveness.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
D 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is an endurance test for its audience.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2005
B 67% The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) ...a document of social revolt that still bristles with a timely, and timeless, impression of righteousness and intelligence.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Mel Brooks caught comic lightning in a bottle in 1974 with his appropriately black-and-white spoof of James Whale's 1931 classic horror film.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
C- 75% Zathura (2005) Zathura: A Space Adventure is a mediocre children's movie based on the reworking of an already faulty formula (see Jumanji) generated by the same author.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2005
A 90% Capote (2005) Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a tour de force performance as Truman Capote in a film that matches Hoffman's authentic representation...‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2005
A- 61% Jarhead (2005) Jarhead is the most unconventional anti-war film ever made...‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
B- 36% Saw II (2005) One-part "Silence Of The Lambs," one-part "Ten Little Indians" and still carrying a lasting dosage of "Se7en," "Saw II" reveals a horror franchise to be reckoned with.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
D+ 60% Shopgirl (2005) Steve Martin makes his personal dysfunctional romantic proclivities the subject of a brittle romantic comedy that affords painfully little romance or humor.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2005
A+ 95% Full Metal Jacket (1987) ...uses a full range of cinematic language to comment on an institution that "eats its own guts" as it destroys foreign cultures.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) George Clooney knocks the ball out of the park with his second directorial effort...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 68% North Country (2005) Charlize Theron gives an excellently modulated performance as Josey Aimes.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2005
A+ 95% Z (1969) It's a film that bluntly and stylistically depicts the impotence of truth as a weapon against authoritarian injustice.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A+ 97% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
D+ 19% Domino (2005) Domino is a steaming pile of green-tinted celluloid.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2005
A 95% The Honeymoon Killers (1970) Made in 1969, "The Honeymoon Killers" presaged elements of David Lynch's filmic approach, and clearly informed John McNaughton's similarly-themed stomach-churner film "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Romantic dysfunction never looked so banal, brutal‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A+ 98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972) There is a lingering voodoo in the movie that never lets you forget the folly of man's puny sins against a dark universal order of which insanity, sickness, and death are the inevitable symptoms.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
C 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) a visually delicious film filled with ostensibly crowd pleasing (read boring) lightsaber battles...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) The boxing sequences here are better than those of Martin Scorsese's bar-setting "Raging Bull."‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
B 83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collude to subvert the story's incidental allusions to Michael Jackson and his Neverland Ranch.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
A- 95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Tt's just a really damn cute movie.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2005
C- 58% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) The movie can be looked on for its incidental evidence of everything wrong with American capitalist obsessed ideology.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2005
B 60% Oliver Twist (2005) While the picture is not quite a masterpiece it does carry the stamp of a master filmmaker working at the height of his abilities.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2005
A+ 83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Fermented in a tragic romanticism placed firmly in a no-man's land between liberation and capitalism, Sam Peckinpah's 1974 thriller is a film that sticks in your mind's eye like a lingering sun spot.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A 91% The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (1969) By boldly confronting the psycho-sexual depravity of the Nazi mindset, all the way through to is inevitable incestuous nature, Visconti creates a specific cinematic vernacular for viewing and discussing Hitler's manic ideology.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
A- 87% A History of Violence (2005) Cronenberg's caricatured vision of American fascism is hilarious for its spot-on depiction of the anxiety that accompanies it.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2005
C+ 32% The Baxter (2005) The Baxter is a good-hearted romantic comedy that achieves its uncomplicated comic goal of presenting an underdog love story filled with offbeat personalities.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2005