Justine Smith

Justine Smith
Justine Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post Globe and Mail RogerEbert.com SciFiNow Seventh Row Hyperallergic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 88% Swallow (2020) An uncompromising horror that evokes deeply rooted alienation and dysmorphia. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
69% Bombshell (2019) While it touches on the toxic masculinity and systematic sexism that permeates Fox News, it does little to contextualize the industry that allowed this behavior to thrive. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire, more than being one of the greatest lesbian romances, is a beautiful film about artistic labor and the social contexts that uplift some artists above others. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
94% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's approach to the challenge of representing marriage and divorce is to treat both as absurdities. His film, though heavy and at times heart-wrenching, leans heavily into comedy -- self-deprecating and humiliating at times, but no less funny. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet Delphine and Carole (2019) Just over an hour long, the film sheds light on history that is unknown to many cinephiles, despite Seyrig's iconic status. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
No Score Yet A Scream from Silence (Mourir à tue-tête) (1979) By its very structure, it questions the truth in images, the possibility of representing sexual assault without being exploitative, and the usefulness portraying trauma and violence in the first place. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) It is a film that seems to externalize David Hockney's erotic imagination and the anxiety that comes with it. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
63% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) In its voyeurism, the movie exposes the viewer's own voyeuristic relationship with sex and art. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3.5/4 92% Antigone (2019) Philosophically compelling and emotionally devastating, Deraspe crafts a unique and contemporary cinematic experience that resonates deeply. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
89% MS Slavic 7 (2019) Intimate and reflective, [MS Slavic 7] examines the threads that bind us to our family histories. What happens when those lines are frayed? What place do we have within that lineage? - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 96% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) While circumstances are claustrophobic and stifling, Bo's movie seems to balance that with strange and surreal impulses of the heart. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
95% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) Even the film's opening shots carry more meaning than just a creepy set-piece. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
71% Black Christmas (1974) It is the uncertainty that is unveiled in the final moments before the credits roll that makes Black Christmas a quintessentially Canadian masterpiece. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny English Strikes Again seems to have no real reason to exist beyond making one last cash-grab on an already uninspired comedy franchise. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) [It] is ultimately a sympathetic and tender portrayal of adolescents struggling to be "normal" at the expense of their mental health. One of the film's greatest assets, however, is that it avoids easy villains. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
86% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The film includes salacious stories, but it never feels exploitative. This is partly because it reveals the loneliness of the world Bowers inhabited. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Whether you are intimately familiar with the designer's work or getting a first introduction, the directors bring to life the raw excitement of his clothes and the shows he put on to promote them. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) This is not necessarily any better or worse than your average anthology film but such a high calibre of talent does make that conclusion especially frustrating. Still, for horror fans there will be at least one gem here to make the journey worthwhile. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
71% Bleach (2018) While clearly made for a dedicated fanbase, unlike some more recent anime live-action adaptations, one of the greatest assets of Bleach is how cohesively it outlines its mythology for the uninitiated. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) While Unfriended: Dark Web might not be as good as the first film, it is still worth recommending as a potential step forward into a new realm of cinematic language. - SciFiNow EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
16% Show Dogs (2018) Mix... genital obsession with bad CGI, unrelenting references to Lego Batman, and a general sense of malaise, and you have a pretty complete picture of what Show Dogs has to offer. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) It aims for the middle and hits it, which should not be an achievement, but in the dire landscape of middling studio comedies, it unquestionably does better than most. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The filmmakers ultimately fail to embrace the horror implications of truth-telling in a world where we all have reality-altering devices in our pockets. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 72% Gemini (2018) There is no doubt that the film is more than just a monochromatic Pinterest mood board. And yet, it doesn't really push things to the next level, either. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Iqaluit (2016) ... an illuminating and challenging experience for audiences. - Montreal Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
87% Antiporno (Anchiporuno) (2017) Saturated and abstract, Sono seems to be the perfect filter for the revived Roman Porno house. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
1.5/4 72% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) In spite of some compelling performances and a consistent mood, the film fails to ground any of these aesthetic flourishes in story or emotion. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
2.5/4 55% Boris Without Beatrice (Boris Sans Béatrice) (2016) Boris sans Béatrice challenges rather than caters to audience preconceptions - for better and for worse. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016