Neil Pond

Neil Pond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Neil Pond's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 80%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"If you're looking for some straight-up, mainline Halloween haunted-house "gotchas," this date-night ride has a slow start, but builds to a wild, crazy, screaming finish." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/5 50%

The Accountant (2016)

"Starts out with a familiar cops-and-crooks, espionage-movie feel but quickly corkscrews into something with more twists, turns and puzzle pieces." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/5 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"In so many ways, the timing for Nate Parker's film about Nat Turner and an event 175 years ago feels so right, and so right now." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Blunt, already an accomplished actress, has now landed a role that will get her even more serious mainstream attention. For her, especially, this Train is just the ticket." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Outsiders, outcasts and oddballs everywhere, of all ages, let your freak flag fly--courtesy of Miss Peregrine, and Tim Burton!" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/5 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Brings the cowboy past into focus with the Hollywood present." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2.5/5 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"The gotchas aren't novel, particularly frightful or ghastly, or anything you haven't seen before; they just come via new gadgetry." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"The romantic triangle sets up the sturdy structure of the movie's comedy, and there are plenty of laughs as Bridget's personal life begins to intrude--once again-on her career. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/5 83%

Sully (2016)

"A man doing his job, a guy flying a plane, a pilot controlling the stick. 'Sully' shows just how important one "ordinary" person can be, when ordinary circumstances suddenly, unprecedentedly, become extraordinary." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/5 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The movie suggests that, like the waters of the great oceans that cover the Earth, all things are connected-past, present and future; grief and happiness; war and peace; life and death." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2016
4/5 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Puts the line between right and wrong underneath a scorching, unforgiving Texas sun then stretches it out on a lonesome, steaming highway, toward a blurred horizon, with no clear end in sight." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/5 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Director Stephen Frears brings Jenkins' quirky story to the screen with humor as well as heart, never crossing over into camp or parody in a tale that certainly could've gone there." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"A hot mess--but a loud, star-packed, proudly trashy one. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Gunmen on rooftops, bombs, civilians dying in the fray, government corruption, a mopey Matt Damon---there ain't no escapist sunshine here, folks." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"A raunchy, righteously rollicking yarn about the conflicted yin and yang of motherhood. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016
3/5 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"First-time feature director-writer David F. Samberg makes an impressive debut, proving you don't need mega bucks to get maxi scares." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3/5 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Confronts its critics head-on with freewheeling 2016 girl power." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/5 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Great, clever, whimsical fun, with a heartwarming, cuddly overlay of friendship and "family."" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2.5/5 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"A sumptuous, sprawling epic that blends backstory with a rollicking new tale of adventure, romance and enough eye candy to attract audiences of all sorts." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Spielberg's signature touches fit perfectly into Dahl's narrative, which combines lightness and whimsy with whirls of darkness and spikes of danger." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.5/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"There may be tears. But remember what Dory says: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/5 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"They may not be anywhere near the same size, but these two very funny actors are in perfect alignment for this hilarious spy-spoof assignment." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/5 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"A retro terror trip to re-live another harrowing, real-life event from the annals of America's original ghost busters." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"Once again, Depp is all tics, weird hair and crazy quirks-and Sacha Baron Cohen glides right in and steals the show." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"Look through the haze of weed and the raunchy jokes and you'll see a movie that's grown up with its audience, its subject matter and its subjects--and gotten even funnier in the process." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
3.5/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"A juicy, slam-bang action-comedy cocktail punched up, pimped out and powered down with rowdy, new-fangled film-noir fun." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/5 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"A big, sprawling superhero mega-movie, with more spandex to the gallon than any flick that's come down the pike in a long time." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 5, 2016
1/5 7%

Mother's Day (2016)

"The large, talented cast has little to do but go with the flow of the overly sweetened, sentimental twists and turns, but the sap eventually sucks all of them under." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3.5/5 91%

Green Room (2016)

"The real treat is watching the classically trained Stewart, whose harrowing performance gives this raw, edgy, awesomely impressive, little hard-hitting punk-rock movie even more of a visceral kick." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/5 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"A drab, disjointed stab by a first-time feature director who, bless his heart, can't seem to find his target in all the icy, FX-laden glop." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"With this outstanding upgrade to yet another childhood classic, Kipling still gets a writing credit, but Disney--as it usually does--again gets the final word." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 22%

The Boss (2016)

"A flopping mess, a hammy hodgepodge of crude jokes, awkward slapstick gags and sometimes mean-spirited, vulgar humor that just isn't funny." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2.5/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Often steers into think-tank territory--about gods and demons, politics and paranoia--and pumps up the religious allegory and symbolism that have always been part of the Superman mythos." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/5 44%

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"The movie dwells for a l-o-o-o-n-g time on Annabel's suffering--it sometimes feels like a bit of a preteen Passion Play--and you have to wait for what feels like an eternity for the Big Event. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2016
3.5/5 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"As the address in the title suggests, monsters can come in all shapes and sizes, in all kinds of places, above us, below us and even right beside us." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"Shows just how far the House of Mouse has evolved from dreamy prince-and-princess fairy tales of decades past." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2016
3/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Shares its uplifting underdog spirit with 'Rocky,' 'Rudy,' 'Seabiscuit,' 'Hoosiers' and any number of other sagas about individuals that come from behind, power through or are told they can't, shouldn't or won't ever." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2.5/5 61%

Race (2016)

"Owens' four gold medals didn't exactly change the world---for him or anyone else. As the movie reminds us, there was---and remains still---a much longer race to be run." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3.5/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

"Makes no bones about how Christian fanaticism in early America sometimes ran off the rails and plunged straight into the devil's playground." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3.5/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Just what a lot of fans have been waiting for---especially if they've been waiting for a superhero who swears, farts, babbles, jokes, listens to Wham!, loves unicorns and enjoys rough sex." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1.5/5 12%

The Choice (2016)

"'The Choice' offers a choice, all right--do you prefer your Southern-style canned corn with extra ham, double cheese or a heaping helping of buttered schmaltz?" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"The Coens' gloriously goofy homage to the glory days of big studios, big stars and the big wheels that churned out the spectacles of Hollywood's dream factory from a bygone era." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/5 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"This clam-chowder winter drama won't win any awards, but it does stand as a stirring tale of Greatest Generation heroism 'rescued' from obscurity by the big screen." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2016
2/5 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"The banter-y jokes are lame, the writing unimaginative, the plot thinner than a thong bikini and the performances so limp and lazy they seem to evaporate in the Florida heat." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2016
4/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"The screen swells with earth, air, sky and water. You don't just watch it, you feel it---the cold, the wet, the pain, and the primal emotions that drive the characters." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2016
2.5/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Smith is outstanding as he tackles what might be his one of his trickiest, juiciest roles---a crusading underdog with a potentially life-saving message that falls on mostly deaf ears." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2016
3/5 31%

Daddy's Home (2015)

"There's a soft, sweet spot in the middle of the yuks, about parents and kids and the realities of divorce---about how families take teamwork, how parenting is hard and no two dads are the same." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/5 60%

Sisters (2015)

"Somehow grownup jokes Christmas-gift-wrapped by these two smart, classy leading ladies makes the dirty seem merely naughty." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2015
4/5 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"Star Wars has come roaring and soaring back with a fabulous, bountiful, richly rewarding payoff for anyone who's been waiting, patiently or otherwise." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Creed (2015)

"There's a lot to like and more to love about this movie, but most of it comes down to Jordan, whose performance as Adonis is raw and rousing, and to Stallone, who at 69 does some of his best acting in years. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2015
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