Orla Smith

Orla Smith
Orla Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seventh Row
Publications: Seventh Row

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
40% Surge (2020) The sound design in Surge submerges us in a fractured mind, but that doesn't save the film from feeling like Ben Whishaw's discarded Joker audition tape. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
61% Jumbo (2020) Noémie Merlant shines as a woman in love with a fairground ride, but Jumbo lacks psychological insight into the real phenomenon of Objectum Sexuality. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
88% Deerskin (2020) It's best you discover the absurdity of Deerskin for yourself - because it truly is absurd...a deadpan delight, led by two brilliant comedic actors in Dujardin and Haenel. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy avoids the trappings of kitchen-sink realism by blending a handheld documentary style with moments of surrealism - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paul King made a thrilling, funny, heartwarming film with Paddington 2, one that easily outclasses its predecessor. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
97% Tomboy (2011) For much of the film, Mikhael is prevailingly happy. They have no label for their new gender presentation, and perhaps it's too early to define it, although as an adult, modern audience we may see them as trans or non-binary. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
91% Support the Girls (2018) Leaving the cinema after Support the Girls, I felt different. I looked at the people around me differently, with a keener sense of empathy. The world felt somehow warmer. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Desiree Akhavan's first film, Appropriate Behaviour, was a ramshackle joy, and her follow-up, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, is even better. Already, Akhavan seems to have come into her own as a filmmaker. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Sils Maria is the ultimate hangout movie. Maybe when I say hangout movie you think of Richard Linklater or Kevin Smith, but I'd take Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche spending quality time on a mountain over those any day. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
94% Private Life (2018) The time and effort Jenkins puts into her projects shows in every detail. Besides having three perfect performances, Jenkins' direction of fertility drama Private Life looks effortlessly perfect. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
76% Dreams of a Life (2012) It's a film that causes you to reflect on your own life. If I died, how long would it take for me to be found? Who would come looking for me first? But it's also a reflection on the unknowability of other people. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
73% Disco (2019) Frida uses her physicality to show how uncomfortable Mirjam feels, shifting her limbs and holding herself awkwardly. You can tell she'd do anything to get away from here, but she doesn't know how or what 'away' even means. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) The characters in the film are angry and bitter, but Marriage Story, is not bitter but confessional -- apologetic, even...What results is a grueling but ultimately optimistic film about the horrors of divorce and how hard it is to...move on. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
79% Proxima (2019) Scenes of Sarah at work reveal just how much happiness she finds in her job: in these joyful sequences, Winocour's camera is particularly mobile, and Ryuichi Sakamoto's gorgeous score swells with a sense of feverish excitement. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame du Nil) (2019) Rahimi's film is a heart-breaking look at the corruption of innocence: breathtaking cinematography and a sprightly jazz-infused score bring out how sweet that innocence was, so it's all the more devastating to see it cruelly snatched away. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Kuessipan (2019) Verreault's filmmaking is skillful and briskly paced, especially in its tightly edited first act...It's a coming-of-age story that stands out from the pack for its soulfulness. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
88% Hala (2019) Baig's film is an introspective character study that's best in its quieter sequences. Viswanathan's insight into the character of Hala and Baig's knack for bringing that out cinematically make [...a...] wise and contemplative film. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Clemency (2019) Clemency is a harrowing death-row drama...[which] reckons with how people in power are enabled by laws and institutions to make choices they might otherwise deem immoral. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
89% Lina from Lima (Lina de Lima) (2019) Though Lina from Lima is largely a realist drama, occasionally, Lina's drab world will explode into flamboyant song and dance. These sequences are over-the-top and fun, as if out of a film much soapier than the one we're watching. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's signature precise framing has never been a more effective cinematic tool, with Julie drifting further toward centre frame as her story progresses. The Souvenir is a meticulous piece of work worthy of the discussion and dissection. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights...acknowledges the overwhelming evidence that Dickinson...was a queer woman...[Madeleine Olnek's] Dickinson is full of life: she's prickly, but also funny and, of course, gloriously intelligent -- all is true of Olnek's film, too. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
93% Giant Little Ones (2019) What unfolds is one of the most warm, thoughtful, and patient explorations of teen sexuality that the coming-of-age genre has to offer. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
96% Firecrackers (2019) Kurimsky's searing lead performance brings the whole thing together. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Pause (2019) Pause is dark, dry, and completely ruthless when it comes to admonishing the patriarchal structures that keep women down, particularly in the film's Cyprus setting. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
93% Diane (2019) Despite the strictly naturalistic register of most of the film, there are a few moments of near-surreal beauty... - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) While Midsommar may have thematic failings, as a piece of visceral cinema, it is exemplary, impressively provoking an extreme, physical reaction from his audience. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) Nightingale is a brutal depiction of the unimaginable evil of colonialist Australia, and it pulls no punches in any area of that depiction. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) Though best known for playing wacky comedic side characters, here Awkwafina gives a grounded soulful performance that's both funny and three-dimensional. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
25% Corporate Animals (2019) Brice's direction is casual and unshowy, but it's not lazy: he makes full use of the cramped space he's working with, drawing as much visual flavour from the premise as possible. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
87% Animals (2019) Animals is a complex, messy, wildly ambitious film that left me unsure of what to think. But it stuck with me. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
93% Thelma (2017) Thelma succeeds as a character driven story, depicting more complicated, recognisable relationship dynamics. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
83% Ava (2018) The playful, comedic tone in which Mysius directs the gun chase reflects Ava's subjective experience. It stands out as surreal in a film that otherwise takes Ava's experiences at face value. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017