Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Tulsa World

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's not a remake, and it's not a reboot, but a continuing story, and I want more. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" is less about these two women's relationship than it is about the ensemble friendship, a wild story told well, a killer soundtrack and a powerhouse performance by Lopez, who's always in control. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) The great news is that Tulsa's Bill Hader is the best thing about this sequel. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
1.5/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) So beyond not developing its characters or being original, "Ready or Not" is never scary. It's never smart. It's never good. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Chadha serves up one reminder after another of how we first find music that speaks to us and gives us something to believe in. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" won't be for everyone, but for those with a familiarity with and fond memories of Dora's continuing adventures, this just might energize them to close with her celebration song. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/4 99% The Farewell (2019) "The Farewell" evokes some of the same emotions as well, making it a generational crowd-pleaser perfect for adult children and their parents to enjoy together. And with their grandparents, of course. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 53% The Lion King (2019) The feels are vital to "The Lion King," and a new generation should feel the love. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Unfortunately, this is far from Marvel's best. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/4 83% Midsommar (2019) But I found it impossible to appreciate the plot being predictable throughout, especially when this is supposed to be suspenseful. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) No one will mistake "Yesterday" for a classic like the song, but as a one-joke movie, it does induce some laughs from this gimmick, and it does create some sweet moments. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The magic of "Toy Story 4" and these movies is seen in that incredible balance of making great entertainment, while at the same time making simple but all-important comments on our human existence. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) "Late Night" is very formulaic, but at least it's very funny much of the time. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" is this year's first summer blockbuster that is a bust. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is smart enough to think that some teens can figure it out now, rather than years from now. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) But while the war scenes feel tacked on and the love story feels manufactured despite being true, the movie can always fall back on its moments, and those friends, upon which the "Lord of the Rings" origins are constructed. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/4 14% The Hustle (2019) "The Hustle" is a movie. It is not a comedy. Comedies make you laugh. It is merely a movie and a very bad one at that. It must be one of the worst that 2019 will produce. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" is a hilariously raunchy example of a movie that is also smart, sexy, topical and overtly political. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Avengers: Endgame" is a classy end to a collection of films, but also one that makes the future of new Marvel movies look so bright that you can't help but smile. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) Sometimes these types of movies are only as good as their villains, but "Shazam!" rises above because the comedy, courage and family elements are super-strong. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 49% The Holiday (2006) The Holiday is what you want out of a romantic comedy, without expecting the moon. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
1.5/4 27% The Aftermath (2019) Watching "The Aftermath" leaves a bad aftertaste. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The live-action adaptation of a very simplistic 1941 animated Disney movie has the magic of misfits to convince me that "Dumbo" actually needed a remake to remind us of the story's wonder. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
1.5/4 56% Marie Antoinette (2006) It's nearly impossible to find anyone in the film who does have a heart, only one-dimensional, calculating poofs, none of whom are memorable. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
36% Burlesque (2010) Burlesque is so old-fashioned in its storytelling that it feels like what's happening inside the club is a time-warp from 50 years ago, while everything outside the Burlesque Lounge feels like "Dancing With the Stars" present-day in tone. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
1/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) Oh, Brothers, this is one of the worst movies of 2008. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) I understand why Peele wants us questioning, and talking, and perhaps looking inward. And why he wants us to be afraid. That's what he expects of "Us." - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Take a chance on "Gloria Bell" because your argument that her life and challenges "sound like my life, and I go to the movies to escape" isn't good enough with this wonderful movie. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) Those seeing the heartfelt "Five Feet Apart" may laugh, they may cry, and they might even swoon, sometimes all at the same time. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's too bad [Captain Marvel's] debut movie isn't better, and less convoluted, because the character seems to have great potential, and Oscar winner Brie Larson looks like a great fit for the role. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 60% Greta (2019) "Greta" is dangerous if you get to know her, but watching her from a distance for a couple of hours offers dark fun. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) This is the reason-we-go-to-the-movies visual filmmaking. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) "Mary Poppins Returns" should make most everyone smile. It's the kind of family-film fun that can change the heart of even the most cynical this holiday season. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The two women are such a delight to watch (with Ronan having twice as much screen time as Robbie) that they offset a few flaws. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) "If Beale Street Could Talk" should be considered the second chapter in what appears to be a long career for Jenkins making socially important films about oppressed minorities that should be seen by all classes of people. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 37% Glass (2019) The movie is more entertaining than it is haunting, and with Shyamalan, I'm greedy enough to want both, like in his best movies - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) "Stan & Ollie" tells what is, essentially, a love story between a pair of performers who love to make each other, and other people, laugh. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The storyline is all over the place, and the action is too often manic, but at least "The Second Part" retains enough pop-culture references aimed at parents to go with the slapstick humor that makes the kids chuckle. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 67% Vice (2018) To watch a movie about this secretive man, and to laugh frequently throughout, is an impressive accomplishment. Especially when it delivers a lesson in political history in the form of a cautionary tale. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2.5/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) With "At Eternity's Gate," go for van Gogh and stay for Dafoe's measured excellence. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) It's complex and daring, with a focus on three women's relationships amid devious scheming, profane dialogue and political threats reminiscent of "Veep" and slapstick that would make the Three Stooges proud. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 96% Roma (2018) "Roma" is the cinematic equivalent of poetry, full of moments gentle and traumatizing, with a focus on people's lives that can feel precise and small and monumental all at the same time. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) "Green Book" disappoints as purely a feel-good Racism 101 type of comedy-drama, almost feeling like a "this is how things used to be" presentation when "things haven't changed as much as you think" is closer to the truth. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) A movie about this controversial subject needed a more original approach to achieve more of an impact. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" doesn't pack the same punch, either emotionally or in the ring, but as with seven "Rocky" movies before it, longtime fans will still be cheering by the end of this sequel. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's an intimate, measured character study, kind of like a good book you might spend a weekend curled up with, wondering where the time went. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/4 94% Wildlife (2018) This is a movie that delights in confusion and in not giving its viewers enough of a reason to stay interested in that murkiness of its very unlikable characters. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) When it comes to depicting drug addiction, "Beautiful Boy" doesn't show us much that we haven't seen before in movies, but it gets the emotions just right. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give is a defining film of 2018. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is one of the year's best movies, and at 93 minutes it is one of the best recent examples I can think of regarding that Roger Ebert adage: "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018