Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Tulsa World

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 58% The Astronaut Farmer (2006) The filmmakers employ a good measure of schmaltz and shamelessly set up the rocket man with all of the dream-crushing road blocks you can imagine. But the good-natured affability of the whole thing works - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Nolan's new movie is "Tenet," and it is a big, brassy, brainy spectacle. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) This "David Copperfield" constantly feels like the novel's "greatest hits" are being wedged into the two-hour running time, and it compromises both the audience and the book's characters. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
21% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) This religious fantasy has higher production values and a classier cast than similar productions, but little interest in telling a story that goes beyond its Christian message. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
2/4 38% Wendy (2020) Consider this "Wendy" review a pan. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/4 87% Emma. (2020) Rejoice because it's a witty, sexy, visually breathtaking version of the Regency-era tale. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) "The Invisible Man" is a new kind of monster movie, and it is really creepy because it knows what makes us afraid today. It knows what a modern monster looks like. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/4 38% Downhill (2020) This is a movie that should have had much more pitch-black humor and shown much more insight into the matters of mortality, family, failings and the human heart. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) You don't go to "Birds of Prey" looking for depth of meaning in women's continuing fight for equality with men. You go for bad men being beaten senseless with a bit of style - and a lot of glitter. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/4 92% Clemency (2019) Woodard is still at the top of her game... - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 85% Just Mercy (2020) "Just Mercy" is a valuable lesson told in a just-OK way. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) [O]ne of the finest war movies in years, and among the most outstanding that will ever be made about the increasingly distant World War I of a century ago. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) This is a movie so gorgeous that every image seems suitable for framing, but it's not enough. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
1.5/4 91% Uncut Gems (2019) It's one of the year's most annoying movies. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/4 68% Bombshell (2019) Important, informative and entertaining: "Bombshell" ticks all the boxes. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 84% Waves (2019) There are family dramas, and then there is "Waves," an intense film that understands the depth of emotions, from the worst kind of pain to the zenith of love and joy that parents and children can experience. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/4 94% Honey Boy (2019) "Honey Boy" is a testament to the gifts of this artist, and to his continuing journey to good health and better choices. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) For all of its focus on the process of divorce, "Marriage Story" is really an expression of love. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/4 97% Knives Out (2019) I left not caring what the future held for a single one of these characters. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 82% The Report (2019) "The Report" doesn't need to go overboard on shock value. Not when the truth is this shocking. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's a good joke for a while, but after two hours it felt like beating a dead unicorn. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) At a minimum, the movie earns high marks for its attempts at historical accuracy in telling her story. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Harrowing, haunting and suspenseful. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/4 68% Joker (2019) "Joker" effectively tells a story with themes borrowed, but not stolen, from movies like "Taxi Driver" and "Network" and makes them its own platform through its own disturbed form of avenging angel. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 81% Judy (2019) If only we could click our heels together and make the movie measure up to Zellweger's stellar performance. - Tulsa World EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
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 87% 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 62% 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 89% 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 85% 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 97% 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 52% 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 79% 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 42% 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 96% 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 50% 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 13% 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 90% 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 57% 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