Katie Smith-Wong

Katie Smith-Wong
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a British-born Chinese female film writer based in London. I currently write for VODzilla, Film Stories Magazine, Den of Geek and Flickfeast, for which I am also the Festivals editor. I want to raise awareness about Asian representation in not only mainstream media, but also film criticism, showing that diversity is the way forward in the entertainment industry.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% In the Heights (2021) A burst of sunshine...it sets the bar for not only this year's summer of cinema but also the modern-day musical. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
8/10 98% Shiva Baby (2021) With a runtime of only 77 minutes, Shiva Baby is a remarkable debut feature for Seligman that is enhanced by Sonnett's mesmerising performance. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
7/10 66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) While Friends: The Reunion sidesteps the rumours of a film, it brings a hefty slice of comfort that will appease fans that want to see the gang back together. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/5 94% Dinner in America (2020) At its heart, [Dinner in America] is like its protagonists - quirky, different, unashamedly punk-rock and a surprising delight. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
3/5 72% My Salinger Year (2021) My Salinger Year is visually lovely with Qualley in an endearing lead performance. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2021
2/5 85% The Swordsman (2020) Overall, The Swordsman suffers from a lack of consistency but its action scenes save it from being an incomprehensible mess. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
2/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) As a reboot, Mortal Kombat has some kinks to smooth out but it offers enough promise for subsequent sequels. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a startling [directorial] debut for Marder and allows Riz Ahmed to shine as a compelling leading man. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2021
3/5 96% See You Then (2021) See You Then is a slow-burning drama that highlights the art of open and honest conversation, no matter how painful it can become. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2/5 44% Fucking with Nobody (2020) Overall, Fucking With Nobody ultimately becomes lost in its pretentious nature, as it turns an intriguing social experiment into a somewhat shamelessly self-serving artistic project. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/5 64% Witch Hunt (2021) While its visual elements lay the foundation of a typical horror-fantasy film, Witch Hunt's strong social message will resonate and terrify audiences more than its supernatural premise. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
5/5 100% Ninjababy (2021) Ninjababy is a moving coming-of-age story that highlights a witty screenplay and beautifully creative direction, with Thorp's charming performance at its heart. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
4/5 100% Introducing, Selma Blair (2021) We see Blair tell her story with candidness, maturity and bravery...Introducing, Selma Blair is a moving documentary that is filled with moments of tenderness and wit. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/5 93% Lily Topples The World (2021) Lily Topples the World is a fascinating insight into a creative young woman. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/5 93% Luchadoras (2021) Through the sisterhood of three luchadoras, they not only celebrate the strength of Mexican women but also challenge the social injustices they face and the labels that define them. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon shows that Disney is taking steps to highlight representation in its features...its compelling heroine and gorgeous visuals will win audiences over. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) Chung paints a beautiful insight into his childhood...Minari is a poignant, heart-rendering journey of an immigrant family far away from home. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
8/10 78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) With its winsome performances and quite satisfying ending, it marks a beautiful end to a charming teen rom-com trilogy. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Bright and ridiculously crazy, it's pure cinematic escapism. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 92% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Overall, Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir delivers a deeply personal insight that not only celebrates the woman in front of the camera but also the man behind it. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
3/5 54% Mayday (2021) Amid Mayday's wartime façade lies an allegoric tale of female empowerment and discovering one's true strength. However, its plot and character inconsistencies only leaves us asking for answers. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 91% Together Together (2021) Thanks to Beckwith's down-to-earth screenplay and its wonderful leads, Together Together shows that two people can emotionally connect without being physical...together. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
4/5 52% R#J (2021) Overall, R#J brings Romeo and Juliet onto another level. Innovative and clever, Carey Williams translates Shakespeare's words into a language modern audiences can understand. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 96% Try Harder! (2021) Although Try Harder! explores the extent some students will go to exceed greatness, Lum humanises them with care to create a curious and endearing insight to not only a class, but a school of high-achievers. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 90% Cusp (2021) In their debut feature, Bethencourt and Hill sensitively highlights the tough journey towards adulthood while offering a glimmer of hope on the horizon. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 85% On the Count of Three (2021) Overall, On the Count of Three tries to lighten a serious and overly bleak narrative. Despite Carmichael's directorial attempts, the film fails. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 98% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) A direct, insightful and enlightening portrait of a woman who, despite the odds, pursued the American Dream - and is now winning in life. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/5 95% In the Same Breath (2021) Through her careful direction, [Nanfu] Wang brings a first-hand perspective in her brutally honest documentary. Daring to defy the sceptics, In the Same Breath is unrestrained, powerful and essential viewing. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
2/5 81% I Was a Simple Man (2021) While Yogi's somewhat haunting approach will polarise audiences, there isn't enough substance in I Was a Simple Man to build a connection with its protagonist. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 95% CODA (2021) Overall, CODA feels like all-too familiar. But thanks to Jones' great performance and Heder's screenplay, it won't stop audiences rooting - and weeping - for its endearing protagonist. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Through its meticulous performances, cinematography and screenplay, it is an unconventional romantic drama that is hard to forget. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Overall, Pieces of a Woman's slow pace and emotional performances drag occasionally but it is hard not to empathise with Kirby's conflicted Martha. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
4/5 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Overall, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a timely period piece about the significance of blues music in black culture, and the racism ingrained in it. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Overall, Wonder Woman 1984 set its sights high in the sky. Gadot, Jenkins and Wiig are on board but it essentially struggles to find its wings. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Provocative and rebellious, Promising Young Woman is a stunning directorial debut of Fennell while Mulligan continues her string of strong female characters. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
2/5 60% Dreamland (2019) Overall, Dreamland heavily relies on Robbie to succeed. But despite her efforts, she is unable to save this dull outlaw drama. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 95% Palm Springs (2020) Palm Springs is an audience-pleasing debut for Barbakow. With Samberg and Milioti stealing the show on and off the dancefloor, it is essentially Groundhog Day with piña coladas. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 83% The Way Back (2020) The Way Back is not exactly the more original concept, with O'Connor returning to a tried-and-tested formula. Thankfully, Affleck's strong performance saves it from falling into a pit of boredom. - Musings of Guitargalchina EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
4/5 87% Standing Up, Falling Down (2020) Overall, Standing Up, Falling Down is a laidback comedy with plenty of heart. Despite its seemingly ordinary story, Schwartz and Crystal fill it with laughter. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) One Man And His Shoes diversifies the Air Jordan legacy to a wider audience with insight and thoughts, but its cynosure on American capitalism ultimately imposes its cultural significance. - Film Stories EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Overall, The Craft: Legacy is not as groundbreaking as the 1996 film but offers a strong message, reminding audiences that the world is not filled with malice. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2/5 79% I Am Greta (2020) I Am Greta fails to provide a rounded view, so we don't get the full story behind such a prominent individual. - Film Stories EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Compared with Coppola's previous work, On The Rocks feels diluted in terms of impact and imagery. However, the pleasant chemistry between Jones and Murray lifts it to become mildly entertaining. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
2/5 69% Ammonite (2020) Ammonite offers a tender romance that fails to capture the heart and highlight the real-life achievements of its protagonists - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Driven by McDormand's complex performance, Nomadland is a breathtaking journey. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4/5 96% Cicada (2020) Cicada offers a candid queer love story with two engaging leads. Despite its occasionally slow pace, its bravery in exploring sensitive issues and LGBTQ identity will speak to modern audiences. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Overall, One Night in Miami may be playing it safe by sticking to the confines of the original play. But with its engaging performances, strong screenplay and solid direction, it's hard to fault King's impressive debut. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
3/5 93% Herself (2021) Thanks to Lloyd's sensitive direction and Dunne's screenplay, Herself doesn't dwell on the negatives - it instead focuses on the strength of the human spirit, creating an emotional journey fuelled by heart and optimism. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Overall, Wolfwalkers is another wonderful addition to Cartoon Saloon's filmography. With gorgeous animation and an endearing friendship at its heart, it is one of the most beautiful films this year. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
3/5 88% Supernova (2021) Overall, Supernova is a sensitive, heartbreaking journey with emotional performances from its two leads. - Flick Feast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020