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 29%

The Wedding Ringer (2015)

"A toxic taint of mistrust and misogyny makes every joke, even the funny ones, land with a jaded thud." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2015
3.5/5 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"Aims for entertainment as well as something even deeper, and hits its mark." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2015
4/5 99%

Selma (2015)

"As the 50th anniversary of the events it depicts approaches, 'Selma' feels chillingly contemporary, all too real, and monumental in more ways than one." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 72%

Big Eyes (2014)

"A wacky art-history lesson told by a director who loves a kitschy underdog tale, with two lead actors who put their own colorful brushstrokes on a zesty, little-known story. " ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3.5/5 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

"Stephen Sondheim's marvelously intertwined tapestry of several Grimm fairy tales debuts on the big screen with an all-star cast---and enough Disney tweaking to make it marketable to younger audiences." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2014
3/5 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"Jolie presents one scene like it's from 'The Passion of the Christ.' Making Zamperini look like a saint--or more--seems like unnecessary sermonizing." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/5 27%

Annie (2014)

"Mashed-up, hip-hop songs, miscast performers, and a production that sinks far more than than it soars." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/5 34%

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

"A waste of talent, a lazy roll over retreaded gags, and a smutty stroll down a street full of racist, sexist and homophobic jokes." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2014
3/5 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"There's dramatic tension, a good deal of emotion, and one heck of a setup for the next movie. But frequently this warm-up seems like it's huffing and puffing without generating a lot of real heat." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2014
2/5 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"Carrey's character's clueless "craziness" now seems cruel and even pathologically twisted-not just dumb, but loathsome, pathetic and truly crazy." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2014
3.5/5 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"Redmayne makes you believe every minute he's onscreen that he IS Stephen Hawking, with all his genius, wit and determination intact even as his body withers around them." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/5 71%

Interstellar (2014)

"Nolan lays out a narrative path between Odysseus, Albert Einstein and Buck Rogers, then paints it with bold cinematic brushstrokes inspired by the masters-Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, John Ford." ‐ Parade Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2014
3/5 36%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"A stylish, somewhat brutal, Brit-centric bedtime story about deception, danger and Nicole Kidman in distress." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 85%

John Wick (2014)

"He's never been the most expressive of actors, but this role suits Reeves fine---mysterious, brooding, silent, sullen and super-cool, but capable of releasing an unstoppable torrent of deadly force in an instant." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 77%

Fury (2014)

"War is hell, and this gripping WWII battle drama brings you about as close to the angry, anguished flames as anyone would ever want to get." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/5 22%

Dracula Untold (2014)

"Never finds the right tone-be it frightful, funny, funky, horrifying, shocking or sexy-that viewers would expect from a modern flick about the most neck-fetish-ed, nocturnal daddy-o of them all." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3.5/5 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"A masterfully crafted brew of mind-bending misdirection, outright lies, psychotic scheming, and detailed criminal procedural that will keep you guessing right up until the end." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2/5 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Punctuated with moments of gory, hyper-stylized action but hollowed out of anything smart, meaningful, purposeful or original." ‐ American Profile
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3/5 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"The title helps set the creepy stage right off the bat, and the opening credits--which play over a "dreamy" scene that you slowly realize is actually a nightmare--hit you like a punch to the gut." ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 67%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"No splashy special effects---but lots of real splashes, and plenty of emotion centered around one fin-tastic dolphin, Winter, whose true tale continues to uplift and inspire." ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 12, 2014
2/5 6%

The Identical (2014)

"A bland, edge-less, Elvis-tinged parable, with nothing to offend, shock or rub even the most sensitive of sensibilities the wrong way-like a lot of Elvis' music, or his own movies." ‐ American Profile
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 25%

As Above, So Below (2014)

"A hopelessly tangled, shaky-cam knot of "gotcha!" haunted-house images, loopy, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo and bargain-basement recycled ideas from other movies." ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 17%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"Caviezel's performance is so low-key, it almost feels like he's standing on the sidelines of the movie in which he's supposed to be starring. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 32%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren't wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake." ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 68%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Despite being a bit too long, more than a bit predictable and a whole lot of corny, it has a lot of heart, and like a platter of yummy things presented by a hostess who relentlessly pours on the charm, it eventually wears down your resistance." ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"A rollicking carnival ride halfway across the universe and back that leaves you with a big, goofy, satisfied smile when it's over." ‐ American Profile
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 80%

Get On Up (2014)

"Sharp storytelling and direction take us inside, outside and all around Brown, across a span of nearly six decades---and through it all, we see, hear and feel the rhythm, music and grooves and drove him forward." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1.5/5 19%

And So It Goes (2014)

"A sitcom-like blob of sentimental geriatric gloop." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A smart, muscular, action-packed blockbuster that's easily one of the summer's most rousing sci-fi crowd-pleasers---some seriously strong, exceptionally well-made monkey business." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/5 23%

Tammy (2014)

"It's one banged-up, scuffed-up, dented mess of a movie, but somehow, nonetheless, McCarthy makes it out, to the other side. To what, now, is the real question." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2.5/5 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Grownups and geeks may fixate on how much the movie borrows from Spielberg and others, but kids likely won't catch any of it--and likely won't care. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 9, 2014
3.5/5 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"The elements of the story interlace in delightful, heartwarming, human ways, all led by the music." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3.5/5 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"In a summer of sequels, the most laughs so far, and by far, come from a raunchy retro repeat that makes plenty of fun of its own recycled folly-and expense. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Witty, rousing, heartwarming, sensational-looking, and at times touching, uplifting and even moving---and proof that Hollywood's still making movies that virtually all ages can enjoy, appreciate and admire." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Law tears into his role like he's like one of Shakespeare's most scabrous lost characters somehow unleashed in the modern world, and he clearly relishes the grit and the gristle." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Smarter, sharper and deeper than most movies targeted at teens--and much more than just a story about kids with cancer." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"Jolie's star power can't stir up enough magic Disney pixie dust to keep this big fractured fairy tale from falling into its own cracks." ‐ American Profile
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2/5 14%

Blended (2014)

"You get a sense of where it's headed as the first scene opens to the sound of a toilet flushing and the sight of Drew Barrymore exiting a public restroom stall." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"A prehistoric creature that still has the atomic oomph to strut out of the ocean depths, make a 400-foot-tall, megaton statement, and set the world straight--well, there's only one that comes to mind." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 91%

Locke (2014)

"Construction and cracks, choices and consequences, decisions and detours, right and wrong, and frailty and strength are woven into a masterstroke of storytelling and minimalist filmmaking." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 21, 2014

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"More cynical viewers might wish for a more cynical movie, but for anyone who wants to bask in a ray of early summer sunshine, this uplifting, spirit-boosting tale could be just your ticket." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 16, 2014
2/5 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Director Nick Cassavettes lacks the deft touch to bring off the right blend of humor and humanity needed for a "revenge comedy" that ventures into the tricky trifecta of love, marriage and serial adultery." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 52%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"It's jam-packed, stuffed with too much of everything, especially bad guys-do we really need three of them? Perhaps next time, this itsy bitsy spider won't have such a hard time fighting for his own spotlight." ‐ American Profile
Posted May 5, 2014
3.5/5 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Anderson's sights are like scenes from a storybook, and the actors move and speak with a clockwork cadence that adds to the sense of comedic orchestration." ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 60%

Draft Day (2014)

"Fans will enjoy the air of authenticity, spotting the real-life sports personalities---and throwing penalty flags when Hollywood puts a bit too much melodramatic spin on the subject." ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/5 76%

Noah (2014)

"A bold, trippy new interpretation of an old, old story, about miracles of varying size and shape, in which we still today might find some new angles of inspiration." ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"A brawny blockbuster-formula movie with the brains of an espionage thriller, it recalls vintage '70s spy romps but resonates with contemporary issues." ‐ American Profile
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"A rollicking roundup of trademark put-on-a-show shtick, gonzo sketch comedy, toe-tapping musical numbers and a zany bombardment of guests." ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Young adult audiences can SO relate. " ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/5 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"The plot is about as thin as the wisp of air between vehicles swishing past each other on a narrow highway, and the actors say empty-headed things like 'We'll settle this behind the wheel.'" ‐ American Profile
Posted Mar 18, 2014