Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine Sight and Sound

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
65% One (2000) One's stubborn resistance to dramatic artifice, its deliberate pacing and unexpressive-or rather, unemphatic-naturalism, leave it teetering on the brink of vapidity. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
61% Slam (1998) Suffused with an emphatic but completely vague sociopolitical anger, Slam can't get beyond reiterating familiar sentiments about genocidal cycles of violence and black male prison statistics. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
83% Smoke Signals (1998) It's crammed with Deep Thoughts, fortune-cookie epiphanies, and laboring-to-be-offbeat comic observations about cultural heritage, sons coming to terms with dead fathers, etc., complete with "poignant" ending. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
75% Next Stop Wonderland (1998) A beguilingly honest look at romantic longing. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
73% High Art (1998) High Art is often compelling and uncannily accurate in its evocation of downtown demi-monde characters and druggy, entropic milieu-the art in this film is high in more ways than one. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
88% Pi (1998) A tour-de-force of grainy, high-contrast black-and-white photography and inventive editing and sound design, π at times ventures to the limits of cinematic legibility. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) There is a air of intriguing atavism about the textures and contours of Buffalo '66's visual style and tone. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
80% The Thin Red Line (1998) There has truly never been a film about modern war quite like this one: a kind of lyric epic poem about the way men are transformed for good by the experience of war, carefully balancing romanticism and dispassion, action and introspection. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
28% Trixie (2000) Alan Rudolph's Trixie is a delightful mystery/conspiracy thriller genre pastiche, full of his customary inversions, mirrorings, and visual mischief. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
57% Hamlet (2000) Ingeniously and divertingly updating Shakespeare to corporate New York, Michael Almereyda's Hamlet benefits from playfully iconographic casting. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
65% Joe Gould's Secret (2000) The film is too lackluster and inconsequential to pack any punch. Director Tucci's mise-en-scène is too self-regarding and fussy, the just-so period design is stifling, the cinematography arid. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
91% Our Song (2001) Our Song is completely convincing and much more visually accomplished, thanks in part to Jim Denault's attentive vérité camerawork. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
84% Chuck & Buck (2000) The film is pretty negligible, pointless, almost an exercise. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
95% You Can Count On Me (2000) Unusually sharp editing is the first hint that in fact it's a superior, acutely observed comedy-drama about family ties and the struggle to find a sense of purpose, even managing to work in some genuinely metaphysical intimations. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
87% Girlfight (2000) Grounded in a precise, unemphatic naturalism. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
63% I Heart Huckabees (2004) I ♥ Huckabees is a rarity-a tremendously optimistic film for a truly dark time. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013