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Sid Smith

Sid Smith
Sid Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 11% Club Paradise (1986) The whole, crowded thing begins to resemble a low-brow Nashville. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/4 91% Fright Night (1985) Fright Night dances on a tightwire between satire and terror, glittered by special effects and a with-it nonchalance. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/4 100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi are better at depicting a new milieu than in making an important or innovative statement. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2013
3/4 56% Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul (2008) The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/4 98% Diva (1981) The movie's a maelstrom of possibilities touching ethnic relations, high art, fashion and modern morality, not to mention cinema. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 59% Bra Boys (2008) A messy, cheeky, inelegant but unusual and interesting memoir. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 43% What We Do Is Secret (2007) The best parts of Secret recall Sid and Nancy. The worst evoke the last, inferior A Star Is Born. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 15, 2008
3/4 86% Wonderful Town (2007) There's a folksy majesty to Wonderful Town, born of its leisurely pace, pastoral views of idyllic scenery and a storytelling drive set only slightly faster than slow motion. It recalls a lot of rustic, independent English-language films of the '90s ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 69% Girls Rock! (2007) There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2008
2.5/4 81% Yella (2008) The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2008
3.5/4 94% Chris & Don (2007) There's a bit of Pygmalion meets The Portrait of Dorian Gray to it, and yet part of the documentary's slyness involves probing those aspects while never losing sight of the pain and glories of any emotional relationship that lasts as long as ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2008
2.5/4 78% A Jihad for Love (2008) For various reasons, many of the subjects are interviewed with their faces blurred or hidden, understandably preserving anonymity but maintaining a distance that's unfortunate.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2008
3/4 68% CSNY Déjà Vu (2008) CSNY: Déjà Vu brings back glimmers of the old glory and touchingly suggests that the body may age, but the spirit of the Woodstock nation endures. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 24, 2008
2/4 76% OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008) French cinema's reputation for subtlety goes up in smoke with OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, a movie whose satire proves as lame as its clunky title. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2008
3/4 98% Surfwise (2007) The unorthodox upbringing of the Paskowitz clan is the subject of Surfwise, the story of a family who lived on the road, camped at the beachfront and fashioned its own vanguard version of 1960s-'70s alternative lifestyles. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2008
3.5/4 91% Refusenik (2008) There are fascinating archival clips that show rare glimpses of early years of struggle behind the Iron Curtain, while the story eventually moves through such momentous footage as the Helsinki Accords and the fall of the Berlin Wall. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 19, 2008
3.5/4 73% When Did You Last See Your Father? (2008) The catharsis here is all the more moving because of what wasn't finished, what remained unsaid and what in the answer to the title's question proves unknowable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2008
3/4 69% Fugitive Pieces (2008) Fugitive Pieces is often quiet, lyrical, reflective and underplayed. It doesn't minimize Holocaust suffering--far from it--but it strives, often successfully, to unearth the innate good in people Anne Frank alluded to so eloquently. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2008
3/4 75% This Is My Father (1999) The disturbing, embarrassing domestic moments and conflicts are quirky, slightly weird, and yet they boast the shock of recognition because they're so true to the strife in every family. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 12, 2008
3/4 88% Roman de gare (2007) Lelouch's deft touch with various cinematic styles, however surface, enables him to interweave pastoral elegy, quirky social comedy and thriller with fluid ease. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 22, 2008
3/4 68% Irina Palm (2008) Irina Palm is saddled with an odd title, an outlandish plot and an unlikely star--notorious rock maven Marianne Faithfull cast as a suburban frump. But it turns out a success ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 15, 2008
4/4 95% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) To even talk of a story is nonsensical, since a central aesthetic of the film involves the effects of fantasy, time and subjective memory on human consciousness. Marienbad takes place in a heightened, sci-fi nightmare world where knowing, believing ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 1, 2008
3/4 50% Then She Found Me (2007) There's a gentle realism that makes room for laughs, drama and the slightest touch of farce, never spilling into the comically cheap and managing to explore subtler issues involving adoption ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 1, 2008
2/4 24% The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) It's too clever by half, too facile in its use of sensationalist headline material, too far-fetched in its psychological fancy. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 24, 2008
3/4 87% Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007) The fey illogic in the title of My Brother is an Only Child hints at the style of this funny-sad film, which flips from dark to light moods and back with suave, unpredictable dexterity. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2008
2.5/4 58% Shelter (2007) Shelter may only be shoreline deep, and its ending fanciful, but the film captures the beauty, thrill and ache of young love and extracts a casual joy out of the process. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2008
2/4 No Score Yet Girls Rock (2004) There's too little clarity or thoroughness in the biographies, too few prolonged scenes of the girls creating their songs. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 6, 2008
3/4 80% Chicago 10 (2008) Morgen's best achievement is the news footage, more detailed looks at events outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel and in Chicago parks than you typically see on TV rehashes. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 28, 2008
2/4 38% Summer Love (Dead Man's Bounty) (2007) Summer Love is fraught with feverish moods, bold imagination and a devilishly complicated exploration of the genre's iconography. It is also maddeningly paced, often like watching paint dry, albeit paint that's the garish tones of buckets of blood. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 21, 2008
84% Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) The movie makes its main point. Wagstaff was an important, complex, fascinating figure, well worth remembering. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2/4 11% Fool's Gold (2008) Fool's Gold is a movie that keeps reminding you of its antecedents, all the way back to 1984 and the comic adventure Romancing the Stone. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2008
3/4 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) The delight stems from the quartet of lesser known comics Vaughn chose to place at the movie's center, as well as the unpretentious way we learn so much about them--their motives, pains, struggles and revealing ethnic and class backgrounds. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2008
3/4 96% Nanking (2007) Sheds light on particular wartime atrocities largely neglected in the collective memory. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 1, 2008
2/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) A manipulative look at dying with dignity and a lame yarn about as realistic as the fantasy in The Princess Bride. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 11, 2008
2/4 57% Zebraman (2007) Its odd clash of shifting sensibilities is just as often wearisome as engaging. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2008
3/4 No Score Yet Honest, sincere, blunt and yet provocative in its look at ordinary marriage, friendship and betrayal. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 3, 2008
2 17% Revolver (2005) Not the disaster described in the British press but unlikely to restore Ritchie's luster. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 17, 2007
2/4 82% Meeting Resistance (2007) The problem with the film is that it makes for better journalism than cinema. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2007
1.5/5 6% Strength and Honour (2007) Relentlessly dismal and dismally predictable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 37% August Rush (2007) It's an unabashed feel-good weeper, and those eager for that type of fare might as well settle for this one. But an equal number will be put off by the bad dialogue, transparent manipulation and saccharine overkill. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 20, 2007
1/4 67% Naked Boys Singing (2007) Naked Boys live are a hoot. Frozen on celluloid, they're tacky. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2007
2.5/4 21% Fred Claus (2007) Fred Claus seems a clever installment, not a seasonal classic, a buffet whose many nibbles you sample, move on and quickly forget. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 8, 2007
2/4 79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007) Carter comes off as compassionate and intelligent. But the complex issues brought up in his book don't get much more than a superficial debate. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2007
2/4 25% Slipstream (2007) Slipstream is bold, experimental, off-the-wall kicky and utterly exasperating. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3/4 69% Khadak (2007) It gorgeously recalls Fellini and Koyaanisqatsi and hauntingly pits ancient tradition against science, oppression and industrial rot. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3/4 59% Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) Chop off a star if you're not up for highly experimental cinema. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 18, 2007
2.5/4 78% Canvas (2007) Despite its admirable qualities, Canvas fizzles and falls into cliche. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3/4 73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) I've no clue how the world will take to I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. For Chicago, it's a scrumptious, four-star banquet. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 4, 2007
2.5/4 51% The Kingdom (2007) The Kingdom has a heart and a viewpoint. It's a thrill ride with a lingering thought or two in its wake. But the explosions, breakneck chases, daredevil escapes and predictability about which side will be victorious remain its foremost mission. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2/4 40% Dedication (2007) Dedication is engaging for a while, but flits from style to style, from dark to loopy comedy, only to settle on gooey romance. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 20, 2007