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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"Does everyone look "over it" because they're tired of fighting for the revolution-or because they really are? As Mockingjay flutters and flaps to a close, this victory lap looks and feels like a slog." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2/5 19%

Love the Coopers (2015)

"An all-star cast fumbling around in a deep-dish holiday goo of dumb dialogue, silly shtick and artificial sweetness." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3.5/4 65%

Spectre (2015)

"The 24th movie since 'Dr. No' began the franchise in 1962 may reflect on the past and even gaze into the grave, but it's vibrantly, expressively, emotionally alive and very much in step with today." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2015
4/5 94%

Room (2015)

"A moving, lyrical meditation on love, imagination, bravery, strength, happiness, home, holding on and letting go, looking back and moving on, and the unbreakable, unshakeable bond between a mother and child." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/5 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"Is it parody with heart, satire that jabs with a funny bone, or a south-of-the-border rom-com? (The biggest audience response, for what it's worth, comes from Bullock's bare buttocks hanging out an open bus window.)" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3.5/5 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"Fassbender masterfully summons the powerful gravity that pulled other objects into Jobs' orbit-as well as the icy, distant chill that pushed most people away." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/5 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"This ghost story is a real gollywhopper, a voluptuous, sumptuously festooned saga of love, lust, jealousy, money, madness, secrets, ambition and spirits that refuse to let go." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2015
4/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"Dream-like, hyper-real, beautiful and terrifying, lovely and scary all at once, and you know it's just a movie but you can't believe how giddy and gobsmacked and vertiginous dizzy-awesome it makes you feel." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/5 27%

Pan (2015)

"The "boy who could fly" still takes to the air, but this cumbersome, weighty, bombastic bit of backstory feels like an over-crammed, tossed-around piece of movie baggage." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 92%

The Martian (2015)

"Super-smart, sharp-witted, funny, dramatic and moving, a gripping, gorgeous, geeky, high-tech, big-screen adventure-survival yarn that will leave you cheering." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 94%

Sicario (2015)

"Like the war on drugs itself, nothing in 'Sicario' moves in a clean, straight line, nothing is really as it appears to be, and no one can really be trusted-or can they?" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/5 62%

The Intern (2015)

"De Niro and Hathaway's characters grow ever closer in their relationship, and even end up literally "in bed" together. But it's not what it sounds like. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2.5/5 73%

Everest (2015)

"The scenes of peril and danger don't have the breathtaking, gut-wrenching wallop you'd expect from a movie about people pitting themselves against the highest peak on the planet." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 75%

Black Mass (2015)

"Depp hones in and practically disappears into the part of the psychopathic crime boss. You get chills whenever he's onscreen, when his eyes can become as cold and menacing as any weapon." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/5 64%

The Visit (2015)

"Beneath its carefully crafted scares, this is a very artful movie about movies, a story about stories, and a tale of a tale-with a trademark, last-minute Shyamalan twist." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2/5 45%

No Escape (2015)

"Director Dowdle keeps pulses pounding with some of the same pulpy shocks and lurid sights he used in the schlock-horror flicks 'Quarantine,' 'Devil' and 'So Below.'" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
3/5 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"Think of Eisenberg and Stewart's characters several years down the road from 'Adventureland,' caught between 'The Bourne Conspiracy' and 'Pineapple Express,' and spattered with bloody overspray from 'Natural Born Killers.'" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3.5/5 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"The beats are fly, the story is nitty-gritty and the timing is spot-on, reminding us of just how shocking, raw and impactive N.W.A.'s music was 25 years ago---and how powerfully it echoes even today." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"Nazi fascists, Italian playboys, speedboats, femme fatales, fast cars, double crosses, old-school spy do-daddery and gorgeous, eye-popping fashions. It sometimes looks like the cast of 'Mad Men' left Madison Avenue and went into Euro undercover work." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2015
2/5 26%

Vacation (2015)

"It's determined to get dirtier, darker, grosser and more all-around ickier than any 'Vacation' before." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"Above and beyond the brutal, visceral slaps, jabs, and upper cuts is a bigger, softer story of a father and a daughter on a journey of emotional homecoming that packs quite a punch of its own." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 56%

Minions (2015)

"It made me think of the Three Stooges recast for the modern age as pint-size, goggle-wearing, butter-hued niblets. It may not be high humor, but boy, it sure made me laugh." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/5 25%

Terminator Genisys (2015)

"It's all very complicated and convoluted, a muddled sci-fi haystack of past, present and future that looks even denser and darker-as many movies do-in 3-D." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/5 91%

Love & Mercy (2015)

"Dano is nothing short of phenomenal in an Oscar-worthy performance that captures and channels the drive, innocence, obsession and brilliance behind Wilson's masterpiece, Pet Sounds. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2015
3.5/5 82%

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"Give into it, go with it and let it take you where it leads you---and don't caught up in thinking that you already know where that will be." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 46%

Ted 2 (2015)

"An almost nonstop parade of crude jokes, celebrity cameos and gurgling bong hits-but I can't say it's not funny, and some of it is downright hilarious. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4.5/5 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"The brain, science tell us, is one of the most complex things in all creation, and the movie's depiction of it is a thing of ingenious splendor, a mix of fantastically cartoonish sight gags and sublime comedic riffs." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/5 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"The underlying theme of man's hubristic drive to control-and commercialize-nature's primal power never gets in the way of its full-throttle fun and its cavalcade of chills, thrills and stupendous state-of-the-art effects." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2/5 33%

Entourage (2015)

"Like an R-rated, 100-minute Viagra commercial shot inside a VIP strip club operated by light-depraved leprechauns." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/5 48%

San Andreas (2015)

"Johnson can rappel out of a helicopter and leap from a plane, hotwire a truck and pilot a boat through a tsunami, and even bring someone back from the dead. He's the Rock AND the Man." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Maybe it really is a small, small world, after all. Now I'm super-curious about the secret purpose of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 22, 2015
4.5/5 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Makes most other blockbusters, superhero sagas and special-effect blowouts look like they were made with doodles, doodads and trinkets from a toy box." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/5 66%

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

"Not quite as fresh as the original, but still a bright, light, fem-centric frolic of music and goofy fun." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 15, 2015
1/5 7%

Hot Pursuit (2015)

"A clunky misfire that chokes on the fumes of tired lowbrow gags, worn-out stereotypes, shrill slapstick and lazy, predictable, sub-sitcom writing." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"The cast is top-notch, and Whedon packs the script and the screen with cleverness as well as ka-pow. But even at 141 minutes, things still feel jammed and crammed." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted May 1, 2015
3.5/5 62%

Unfriended (2015)

"Delivers some truly unsettling jolts with a minimum of effects and what was surely a micro-fraction of the budget of much bigger, bloodier, more bloated horror flicks. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/5 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"A human comedy of people growing up and growing older, finding out who they are and what they want out of life, and learning that every age--and every stage--has its joys as well as its jolts." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 29%

The Longest Ride (2015)

"Like the big bowl of mac and cheese Luke says is his favorite dish, it's all mostly a bunch of squishy, deep-dish goo---but hey, it does look pretty good." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/5 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"A masterful cavalcade of carefully orchestrated vehicular mayhem, a dose of high-octane escapism ramped up to ridiculous, fantastical extremes." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/5 29%

Get Hard (2015)

"Ferrell and Hart work tirelessly to stay on their feet as the comedic ground crumbles underneath them and their talent." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2015
2/5 28%

Insurgent (2015)

"Large interior scenes seem designed, propped and photographed less like dystopian drama and more like a Broadway musical---I halfway expected someone to break into a song called "Beyond the Wall." " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 83%

Cinderella (2015)

"Branagh makes this familiar tale feel so fresh, even though you know exactly where it's going, staging it with the full-scale splendor of a period drama rather than a bedtime story." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2/5 14%

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"This sub-par scare-flick entry in the "back from the dead" genre starts smart but gets dumber as it goes." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/5 56%

Focus (2015)

"It has so much eye-candy razzle-dazzle, and it looks so fabulous, you forget its flaws and get lost in its cool, groovy vibes and its long-con gamesmanship, and-hey, where's my wallet?!!" ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3.5/5 80%

McFarland USA (2015)

"Costner may be the star, but the high school athletes also shine. After all, this "based-on-a-true-story" movie is their story, too." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3.5/5 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

"Move over, James Bond. Some new supercool spy guys--and gals--have just laid claim to the multiplex, and they make just about everything that came before them look old, slow, tame and even lazy." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 26%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"Like a gonzo, gazillion-dollar mash-up of 'Plan Nine From Outer Space' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' steered by a committee of 13-year-old boys hyped on an all-weekend 'Star Wars'/'Star Trek' marathon and fueled by Mountain Dew and Pixy Sticks." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
3.5/5 78%

St. Vincent (2014)

"Murray, the scruffy, gruff-y glue, holds it all together and keeps it from flecking off into granules of sugary-sweet cuteness." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
3.5/5 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"Paul Thomas Anderson's dark-comedy adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's crime-noir/counterculture novel is a thing of cinematic achievement. And it's also one heck of a trip, man." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2/5 12%

Mortdecai (2015)

"Depp's Charlie Mortdecai, a conglomeration of grunts, bleats, facial tics and a moustache that becomes a subplot by itself, is a hoot, but highly unlikely to join Capt. Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood or Willy Wonka in his hall of fame." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2015