Derek Smith

Derek Smith
Derek Smith'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
3.5/5 97%

The Fits (2016)

"If nothing else, it introduces Anna Rose Holmer to the world as another bright young female director with a unique perspective and, especially for a debut feature, a surprisingly impressive command of pacing and tone." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 85%

Tyson (2009)

"Compelling as Iron Mike is to listen to, it's hard to fault the filmmaker for not wanting to interrupt him." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2.5/5 77%

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

"The duo also seems too focused on justifying their own controversial actions and harping on the humor element in the sequel." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3.5/5 73%

Julia (2009)

"Risky, genuine, and alive." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 14, 2016
2/5 83%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

"It isn't the film's style-over-substance approach that prevents it from being as engaging and entertaining as it desires; it's the lack of cohesiveness and discernible rhythm." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 88%

FILM IST. a girl & a gun (2009)

"Using clips mostly from obscure, silent, and often explicit films, along with quotes by Plato, Hesiod, and Sappho, Deutsch constructs his own unique history of love, lust, desire, and violence on the silver screen." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jun 8, 2016
3.5/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"It still comes off as another unique entry in the Linklater canon in its careful balancing of full-on machismo-filled bro-down comedy with more tender scenes of genuine male bonding." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 92%

Notfilm (2015)

"As tough as it is to sit through at times, it's worth the effort to get to the beautiful nuggets of gold it occasionally mines." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Apr 5, 2016
2.5/5 73%

Valley Of Love (2016)

"As weak as Valley of Love is for much of its first hour, its final act, where the two characters are confronted with the reality of their son's request and Gerard's revelation about his own personal health, is at least more palatable." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Apr 5, 2016
4/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

"The horror clichés could practically write themselves from that point, but Eggers himself resists temptation at nearly every turn." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Feb 23, 2016
4/5 95%

In Jackson Heights (2015)

"Ultimately, what In Jackson Heights left me with is a powerful sense of hope -- hope that in the midst of these troubling times..., a community like Jackson Heights exists, and has existed for some time, in peace." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Jan 3, 2016
3.5/5 83%

In Another Country (2013)

"Hong embraces the power of fiction both to reflect reality and to reflect upon itself, and, in doing so, once again shows why he's one of the most important directors working today." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 90%

Hunger (2009)

"There is no attempt to set Sands up as a great martyr, no Jesus pose or sentimental music to manipulate emotions. Hunger is interested in none of this. Instead, [McQueen] lets the bodies that sacrificed themselves tell the story they created." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 12, 2015
2.5/5 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"There's a good deal to be excited for in Ain't Them Bodies Saints; with another couple films under his belt, hopefully Lowery can develop a more unique voice and make a Badlands of his very own." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 12, 2015

The Treasure (2016)

"Porumboiu's film is meticulously paced yet utterly lifeless, delaying the inevitable merely because he can, yet even the twists at the end are neither intellectually nor cinematically engaging." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015
4.5/5 95%

The Forbidden Room (2015)

"The Forbidden Room is an absolutely manic, joyous romp through a hilariously warped revision of seemingly the entirety of silent film, an endlessly inventive celebration of the limitlessness and sheer dexterity of cinema from the first frame to the last." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Carol (2015)

"None of its individual parts seems particularly impressive on paper, yet Haynes taps into the hyperspecificities of a forbidden, secret love to such an achingly tender degree that I feared Mara's character would literally shatter into pieces." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Dheepan (2016)

"Ultimately, it's a pretty good film, but perhaps Audiard's weakest to date." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"While Hitchcock/Truffaut the book remains a far more insightful examination of Hitchcock's style, the film offers more than enough entertaining inside stories and critical analysis of his films to recommend to any fan of the master's work." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Safety Last! (1923)

"The climb itself is a masterful feat of physical acting and comic timing, surpassed only by the best works of Chaplin and Keaton." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Macbeth (2015)

"Tside from a handful of stunning shots, the film often drags while its new ways of approaching the text fail to bring anything new to the table." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

The Lobster (2016)

"As expected with Lanthimos, The Lobster is utterly bizarre... it's the director's first film in English, yet also his first to show shades of human side, even as it concludes that we humans are an exceptionally silly and sad little species." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

In The Shadow of Women (2016)

"Shot in crisp black-and-white with minimalist sets, In the Shadow of Women is able to concisely say in just over an hour what most romantic comedies today fight to say in over two." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016)

"Desplechin is so manic, he can't help but explore other avenues, both comic and dramatic, that give My Golden Days an organic, lived-in feel that defies the trajectory of the typical coming-of-age film." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Leviathan (2014)

"Leviathan does drag at times, particularly in its hefty middle section, but the powerful symbolism of the gut-punching finale makes it worth the wait, even it makes you lose even more hope in humanity." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014)

"It's a challenging film, but it rewards with a fully realized historical context, multifaceted characterizations, and profound philosophical and political realizations." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Jauja (2015)

"Imagine Carl Theodor Dreyer, with a dash of Herzog, directing a surreal 50s Technicolor western and you might have some idea of what to expect from Lisandro Alonso's baffling yet transfixing Jauja." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

"hile it shares a similar atmospheric style, pacing and pathos as his other films, it may be [Assayas'] most complex and rewarding one to date." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Mr. Turner (2014)

"It's certainly not a bad film, but aside from Spall's performance and the cinematography, this is one of [Leigh's] lesser works." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Dec 7, 2015
4/5 81%

The Assassin (2015)

"[The film's] uncanny ability to be meticulously precise in some aspects, yet distant and mysterious in others make it a unique achievement and exactly the kind of film that could only be made by a master like Hou Hsaio-hsien." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 20, 2015
2.5/5 71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"The humans battle the kaiju both intellectually and physically, although it doesn't take long to realize that Pacific Rim is really only concerned with the latter." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
4/5 66%

Bastards (2013)

"Like most of Denis's work, Bastards provides no clear conclusions and her characters' behavior remains just as ineffable, endlessly complex, and unknowable as human behavior in real life." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
1.5/5 77%

Zero Bridge (2011)

"While the film's minimalist nature is its greatest asset in the first act, it ultimately makes its flaws and screenwriterly touches all the more apparent, resulting in some great individual slice-of-life sequences and some truly hackneyed ones." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
4/5 89%

Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) (2006)

"Costa strikes at the core of what makes these people tick and the tragedy of their being ignored and abandoned by the government and general population." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
1.5/5 33%

Boogie Woogie (2010)

"I don't begrudge Boogie Woogie's attacks on the art scene for its pretension, greed, and self-aggrandizement run rampant; I begrudge the fact that the film is guilty of these very same things." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
3.5/5 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Frustrating and fascinating." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2.5/5 81%

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

"I am in favor of films remaining enigmatic or having an air of mystery about them, but Cherry Blossoms crosses the line into aimlessness." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
3/5 88%

Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) (2010)

"Ultimately, Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss is interesting for plunging into the labyrinthine psychological turmoil of the Harlan family, but it focuses too little on the root cause." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
3.5/5 67%

Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010)

"Although Wild Grass doesn't reach the heights of Resnais' earliest works, it provides ample evidence that the director can still produce vibrant and thrilling work and hopefully will continue to do so through his 90s as well." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2.5/5 79%

Patema Inverted (2014)

"Unless you're jonesing for new Japanese animation, you'd be advised to reverse your gravitational pull and steer clear of this one." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2.5/5 40%

The Family Jams (2011)

"As frustratingly inconsistent as The Family Jams can be, fans of freak folk will likely find just enough rare footage to make it worth their while, but everyone else would be wise to sit this one out." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Oct 11, 2015
3/5 95%

Of Time and the City (2009)

"If I seem overly harsh towards a film that I'm essentially recommending, it's only because I expect more from the director." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 85%

Upstream Color (2013)

"An equally frustrating and rewarding experience." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3.5/5 86%

Sightseers (2013)

"It has a levity and self-aware absurdity that makes it not only a different kind of beast, but also another film that marks Ben Wheatley as a young director to keep an eye on." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"A film that effectively examines both the familial conflicts in Japan's transitioning society and the wondrous avenues each individual within the family explores." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 82%

Lilting (2014)

"[Lilting] wears its heart on its sleeve, but without bleeding too much, and is overly square and precise, but also a welcome reprieve from the irony-prone fair that most often fills our cinemas." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
4/5 94%

The Hunt (2013)

"The Hunt has left me more shaken than any other film I've seen all year." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
4/5 97%

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"It is in within these acutely observed aspects of humanity, not at its best or worst but simply as it is that Two Days, One Night achieves its greatness." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015

Güeros (2015)

"Palacios deftly navigates the landscape, seamlessly switching tones, moods and paces, rendering Gueros a film full of rich emotions, raw settings, and a unique portrait of youth in rebellion." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2/5 94%

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"Sadly, for a film at least partially about the impact of evening news and political coverage, little importance is given to the actual political content as compared to the results." ‐Tiny Mix Tapes
Posted Sep 11, 2015
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