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Nigel M. Smith

Nigel M. Smith
Nigel M. Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Mom and Me (2017) Each portrait melds to create a heartrending whole guaranteed to make men think to call their mothers more often. To those who have lost their mothers, the experience of watching Mom and Me might prove unbearable -- it's that touching.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
3/5 50% The Ticket (2017) Admirably cynical until it loses its way in the final stretch, The Ticket nevertheless maintains a provocative allure, bolstered by a fiercely committed performance from Dan Stevens.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
A- 81% Patriots Day (2017) The action is merciless, expertly choreographed - and as a result, energizing.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain single handedly prevents it all from veering off the rails by dominating Miss Sloane with her forceful presence. She grounds her heroine to ensure you're with her.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
2/5 67% The Pearl (2016) They deserve to have their voices heard, and not simply muffled by The Pearl.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
2/5 65% I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) It's commendable that Perkins seems wholly uninterested in the tropes of the genre: there's only one jump scare, hardly any gore and no final girl. The elusiveness of the narrative, however, grows weary fast.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
1/5 13% A Family Man (2017) The whole thing reeks of a vanity project for Butler (who also produced), affording him the chance to showboat as a Gordon Gekko type trying to redeem himself.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 100% Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016) Even if Timberlake's brand of funky pop is not to your liking, he proves himself to be such a forceful and gifted entertainer, that resistance is ultimately futile.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 80% Chuck (2017) Schreiber is so good you wish he'd lead more films, while Moss is fiery as always, owning her thick Jersey accent like nobody's business. Matching them is Schreiber's real-life partner Naomi Watts ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/5 90% Their Finest (2017) Chiappe's screenplay, based on Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour and a Half, unfortunately suggests that even someone as spirited as Cole can only find true worth in the reciprocated love of a man, and not her work.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/5 31% Salt and Fire (2017) Like all of Herzog's output, it casts its own strange spell.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
5/5 87% Jackie (2016) It's a singular vision from an uncompromising director that just so happens to be about one of the most famous women in American history.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/5 83% Denial (2016) Patches of it are so ludicrously hammy it plays like one of those unbearably corny fake films teased at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
3/5 29% All I See Is You (2017) Even as All I See Is You descends into soapy nonsense, it remains visually engaging.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
3/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) It's all of course nakedly manipulative, much like Bayona's last film, The Impossible. Luckily, his actors sell the hell out of the premise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
4/5 91% Frantz (2017) Ozon is often at his best when working with women, and he has a fabulous talent in Paula Beer to bring his protagonist, Anna, to vivid life. She's stunning in the role.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Journey Is the Destination (2016) Hughes keeps her camera restlessly moving, straining to keep up with Eldon's travails - but she does little to ground her picture.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 86% Sully (2016) An unabashed crowdpleaser about a hero fighting to maintain that title when corporate greed threatens to tarnish his image.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
4/5 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Documentary portraits live or die on the subject at hand -- and in his debut documentary Peter and the Farm, film-maker Tony Stone has a hell of a character to keep you engaged.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
1/5 15% Nine Lives (2016) The script is out to pasture, neglecting to address the interior lives of all of its characters, and failing to deliver a single good punchline. The limp direction lacks the wacky sensibility that characterizes Sonnenfeld's best work.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
2/5 25% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Her two exceptional stars do their best to convey their animosity via simmering glances. But in the end, Curran's muted approach does them no favors.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Fun oozes from almost every frame; likewise the energy of a team excited to be revolutionising the blockbuster landscape. Let's just hope everyone will enjoy the view.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
2/5 53% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Whereas the first two succeeded in explicitly condemning society's lust for carnage, Election Year opts to revel in it. It's a disturbing development in the series, especially given the times we live in.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 100% Growing Up Coy (2016) Coy's fight for equal rights is the focus of the documentary, but it's the family's willingness to allow Juhola into their turbulent lives that gives it the emotional heft needed to connect with even the most conservative of viewers.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 86% Paint It Black (2017) Like its distraught protagonist, Amber Tamblyn's Paint It Black is unforgiving, flawed and ferocious.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2016
4/5 79% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Like its predecessor, it's exceedingly well crafted, relentlessly terrifying and boasts characters you actually root for.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
2/5 35% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The film, like the smug magicians that populate it, showboats by throwing more of everything at the screen. Critically lacking is the sense of fun that characterised its predecessor.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Dennison holds his own opposite Neill, who hasn't been tasked with such a gravely amusing role in years. Together, the two are comic dynamite.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
4/5 88% Blood Father (2016) In his personal life, his rage has publicly manifested in horribly offensive ways. As an actor, Gibson is at his best when he taps into it.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
2/5 84% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration is a character study first and foremost, spending all of its time with Milo. Problem is, he's so opaque that as a protagonist, he's completely impenetrable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
2/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) In crude terms: Alice's second trip to Underland wasn't worth the wait.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
4/5 44% King Cobra (2016) It's Franco who steals the picture, much as he did in Spring Breakers. As in Harmony Korine's neon-lit thriller, the actor goes no holds barred.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/5 41% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) Pity that the bloody finale only makes up for the last third of what's otherwise pretty dreary.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/5 73% A Hologram for the King (2016) A meandering mess of half-baked storylines that amount to little. Hanks's affable presence keeps it all afloat.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Clearly casting is key to its success. Luckily, Johnson hit the jackpot by getting Michael Shannon on board as the King and Kevin Spacey to play the corrupt president.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
3/5 79% The Phenom (2016) The Phenom, like its protagonist, is hard to pin down, making for a film that's transfixing and opaque in equal measure.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Custody (2016) A layered and delicately wrought entertainment.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 42% All We Had (2016) Keeping it afloat are the stellar performances Holmes draws from herself and her excellent cast.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
1/5 8% The Book Of Love (2017) Profound, this film is not.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 93% All This Panic (2017) In a scant 79 minutes, All This Panic sure covers a lot of ground.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 80% Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Nirvana for Pee-wee fans ...‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
2/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) The only true miracle that emerges out of all of this is Garner's performance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
3/5 77% In a Valley of Violence (2016) As the violence escalates, an absurdist dose of humor is added to the mix, injecting the film with a distinctly modern sensibility that is welcome and does not let up.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
4/5 64% The Trust (2016) The set-up is familiar by caper standards (Ocean's Eleven on a lower budget, where the cops are robbers) - what sets it apart is Cage's brazenly bizarre performance.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2016
2/5 78% Keanu (2016) By the time Clarence screams "wordness to the turdness", the humor has all but evaporated.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
4/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Finn makes for a bit of bland protagonist, but he's nicely balanced out by his outlandish teammates, each so clearly defined by Linklater's subtly incisive screenplay.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
4/5 100% Trapped (2016) Porter's film is armed with a deluge of troubling data to make her case, but it's the personal stories she captures that make her argument all the more compelling.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2016
4/5 93% Tickled (2016) Tickled morphs from an offbeat caper to a disturbing exposé on the dangers of cyberbullying.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
4/5 78% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Albert gets offered the opportunity to redeem her actions, and make light of why and how she conned the world. Unsurprisingly, she's a hell of a storyteller.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet The Other Side (2016) In spite of his characters' actions, Minervini miraculously captures traces of profound humanity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2016