Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Nashville Scene
Publications: Nashville Scene, Pitchfork

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore (2020) Maɬni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore, is uniquely concerned with landscapes, and captures them with a rare intensity and fullness. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Though there's emotional weight to the performances and a sense of competence to the craftsmanship of Another Round, one has to wonder if Vinterberg needs ... to push himself to the limit ... - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) ...Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one of cinema's finest conductors of emotional experience. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/4 100% City Hall (2020) Certain sequences stretch to the point of tedium ... But Wiseman always finds a way to bring his vast collection of threads and tangents back together. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
93% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Though it's often dazzling in its creativity, the sheer magnitude of its visual inventiveness can start to weigh you down after two hours. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a tribute to ... the Platonic ideal of an American dive bar, where the Bud is cold and cheap, the patrons are lovably crusty, and chain-smoking is still accepted. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
100% Everybody's Everything (2019) There's a powerful feeling of catharsis to Everybody's Everything, especially in a time of social isolation... - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) Porumboiu approaches a genre generally designed to generate thrills with maximum dryness, stretching out his inherently absurd premise until it reaches a passive blankness - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
70% Relaxer (2019) That Potrykus is able to challenge us so deeply with such a low budget and limited resources makes Relaxer all the more impressive and essential. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Supper (La ultima cena) (1976) It looks like a Hollywood-style historical epic, but the film's surrealism disarms any sense of convention. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
68% Climax (2019) The playlist might be impeccable, you might get home before bedtime, but it's all still much too much. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
88% Les Misérables (2020) For all the worthwhile insight it offers, Les Misérables struggles to overcome the inherent shortcomings of its chosen genre - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) It's the kind of material that could be either serious and straight or outright farcical, but Downhill isn't really either... - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Invisible Life lives or dies on Louvart's images, and it's her sensitivity for color and composition that elevates the film from a rather straightforward arthouse melodrama into something more effusive and mysterious. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems works as a perfectly pitched period piece about a bygone gilded age, halfway through the Obama years, the sheen of Hope and Change slightly dulled... - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
88% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) As our world is inflicted by intensifying nationalism, Synonyms is an especially relevant film. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) In classic Almodóvar fashion, Pain and Glory is suffused with a deep love of all kinds of art . - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This is Waititi's main line of critique: Nazism as a kind of especially pernicious stan culture, its infantile practitioners the original teenyboppers. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
66% Mister America (2019) Mister America does provide the most succinct summation thus far of the On Cinema mythology, even if it can't quite approximate the experience of the show itself. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is at its best when it ceases to be a horror movie or a period piece and instead becomes a buddy comedy about two people bonding over how much the English have ruined their lives. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) For all the lip service paid to the Beatles' universal greatness, Yesterday doesn't even seem to understand why anyone ever thought John, Paul, George, and Ringo were so brilliant in the first place. - Pitchfork EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) The newly discovered footage is so crisp and cinematic that moon-landing skeptics will no doubt see it as further evidence of fakery. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds of Passage is intriguing because of its denial of the genre's most salient tropes. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
94% Transit (2019) Transit isn't all sociopolitical metaphor; it's also a master class in efficient genre filmmaking. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhao's performance is built out of fleeting gestures, and she expresses a lifetime of pain with a lightness of touch. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
84% Her Smell (2019) Moss' manic energy carries the film - everyone else is just a comet caught in her orbit. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) It's a study in change itself, an examination of the adaptation of a culture exposed to new technologies and ideas. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) What unfolds is backroom political intrigue, forbidden romance and buckets of blood. - Nashville Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019