SMH Staff

SMH Staff
SMH Staff's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald
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T-Meter Title | Year
85% The Power and the Glory (1933) The result is a somewhat heavy, slow moving film which Is saved from dulness by the subtlety and vitality of the character drawing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
98% Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin has not only done it again. He has done it several times better than ever before. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
99% The Wizard of Oz (1939) It has a humour of its own, and, like a revue, it parodies everything that comes conveniently to hand. The idea of casting Billie Burke as the good fairy and Bert Lahr as the comic lion was masterly. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
99% On the Waterfront (1954) Kazan's nervous direction... draws all characters with throbbing lifelikeness, and views them in a wintry environment that spreads its own dread into their drama. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
85% The Miracle (1912) Sydney spectators were treated to an entertainment differing entirely from previous film exhibitions... A clear impression of Max Reinhardt's genius of production is conveyed by the scenic and dramatic action shown in the picture. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
90% Babes in Arms (1939) That irresistible comedian Mickey Rooney has one of the best roles of his career. He even reveals new facets of his genius for entertaining one, for he is an excellent mimic in comic vein. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
80% Merton of the Movies (1924) This production of "movleland" does not carry much conviction, even as burlesque. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
92% The Defiant Ones (1958) This Stanley Kramer account of a manhunt has all the incisive cinematic skill and compassionate human values remembered from his first distinguished years as a filmmaker. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
81% The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) Seething with harrowing dramatic tensions beneath the slowish surface action, this is a compelling backstreet story about a drug-addict's attempts to free himself from the vice, and about the pressures that drive him ruinously back to it. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
81% Cabin in the Sky (1943) The Idea for this fantasy deserved more thought and less comedy to sustain it adequately for the full course of the film. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
100% Gentleman Jim (1942) Gentleman Jim is quite acceptable mainly for the slickness of Errol Flynn in the title role and for a superb piece of caricature by Ward Bond as John L. Sullivan. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
97% A Night at the Opera (1935) Considering that the dialogue of A Night at the Opera was written by two such theatrical craftsmen as George Kaufman and Morris Rysklnd, it reaches a surprising nadir of inanity. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
40% The Hairy Ape (1944) As a whole, the film is most certainly better than average and its ironical ending not without its own value. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
97% Double Indemnity (1944) Hollywood has scored many of its greatest successes in films of crime and violence. "Double Indemnity" can stand comparison with the best of them. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) (1931) The film, despite its shortcomings, is worthy of a visit. The action, though rather slowed down as compared with the impression made by the full text, has much poignancy in it. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
90% The Legion of the Condemned (1928) The story of the film drama is interesting, and the situations full of thrill. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
96% Cabiria (1914) Cabiria is a great conception, and it has been wonderfully realised. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
87% The Invisible Man Returns (1940) Despite some good production work, many will be disappointed. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
95% Son of Frankenstein (1939) Amusingly entertaining with some "chilly" moments. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
80% The Raven (1935) This film may excite a few picture-goers, whose tastes are abnormal, but to ordinary, matter-of-fact people it will all seen somewhat ridiculous. Poe's strange imaginings refuse to be stated impressively in photographic terms. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
93% Dead of Night (1945) For the lover of good entertainment, the whole picture is worth seeing, once its somewhat disconnected style is understood and taken for granted. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
90% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) One seeks in vain for an adequate development in this film of the powerful psychology which must remain the essential motive of such a fantasy as Stevenson created. A mere succession of incidents does not furnish this study. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
85% I Walked With a Zombie (1943) It has been well written and is acted with restraint: the horror never becomes melodramatic or flamboyant. Fine photography helps to achieve superb atmosphere. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
88% Island of Lost Souls (1933) It has the appalling, monstrous quality of a nightmare. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
96% The Cat and the Canary (1927) It is greatly to the credit of the producer of The Cat and the Canary, Mr. Paul Leni, that he has succeeded in making it undeniably "spooky." - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
88% The Mummy (1932) One looks forward with vivid expectation to seeing how the centuries-dead creature will react to the sights and sounds of the present day. But the further the story goes, the more thoroughly it lapses into the worn-out hocus-pocus of melodrama. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
94% The Invisible Man (1933) Under the supervision of James Whale, the director of "Frankenstein" and "The Old Dark House" the doings of the Invisible Man have been set forth with extraordinary realism. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
80% Song of the Flame (1930) It fails to sustain Interest because of the extreme conventionality of its plot. Everything has been sacrificed to the music, and to the picturesqueness of the settings, and these two features in themselves, are not enough to carry the day. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
89% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) Ruth Taylor has expressed tho character with surprising subtlety. She is exactly Anita Loos's Lorelei, all demureness and simplicity at a casual view, but composed of nothing but the most ingenious self seeking when one gets to know her better. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
85% Kismet (1930) Mr. Skinner furnishes another example of artistic acting in this film, in the crafty wit of the beggar, his mingled arrogance and obsequiousness, his rapacity, and cunning. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
100% The Dark Angel (1925) It was to be expected that in a war picture [director George Fitzmaurice] would present the sensational side -- the pageant and the pomp. This he does, but the one battle scene Is so well executed that no one could cavil at it. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
50% Madame Sans-Gene (1923) Leonce Perret has evidently considered it sufficient if he clothed his actors in the costumes of 1811, and set them to walking about the actual scenes of history without seeing that they adopted the manners of the period. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
83% Ladies of the Mob (1928) [Ladies of the Mob] is a more serious drama than any [Clara Bow] has previously appeared in. Her success in this picture... constitutes a definite step forward in her screen career. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
100% Forty Winks (1925) It is all absurdly laughable. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
100% The Blue Mountains Mystery (1921) The picture is a masterpiece from beginning to end, and speaks volumes for its producers. No detail is missed; the scenic effects of Sydney Harbour and the Blue Mountains are alone worthy of comment. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
64% A Sainted Devil (1924) [Valentino's] playing of the part is excellent, in that it shows how polish and grate can be made compatible with the utmost force and fire. He takes It Ina perfectly even creBcondo. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
73% Rough House Rosie (1927) It would be difficult to point to a single original feature in Rough-House Rosie. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
91% Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944) The atmosphere of the swampy, malaria-ridden village with its teeming plenty of flowers and fruits, its bare-footed women and men, its little Catholic church, its gossip and cruel simple life, is finely painted. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
33% The Alaskan (1924) A direct and concisely-told story of outdoor life, with not too much emphasis on the inevitable hairbreadth escapes of the hero, and the desperate struggle on the edge of a cliff. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
96% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) The part of Ben Hur Is magnificently played by Ramon Navarro. In his hands the character shows a gradual and logical development, beginning with Judah's boyish bearing in the streets of Jerusalem, adopting a harder tone [as the film progresses]. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven (1939) It is hard to believe that an attractive chorus girl would remain in love with a boy whom she last saw when they were both at the primary school 15 years earlier, yet this is what happens. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
No Score Yet Man of Conquest (1939) Satisfactory from every angle and grips throughout. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown (1939) An ordinary competent western. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You (1937) Good clean comedy, vivaciously presented. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square (1939) Alice Faye sings her ballads with her old alluring nonchalance. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World (1939) Miss Colbert is an attractive, saucy minx, albeit possessed of too much uncontrolled ardour. James Stewart bungs a mixture of whimsicality and gruffness to his role. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
75% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) [Despite] a lack of anything very virile, the film, the film has definite beauty... Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are technically excellent. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
75% The Girl from Mexico (1939) In the title role, the vivacious and fiery Lupe Velez proves herself a delightful comedienne. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
90% Mexican Spitfire (1940) For those looking for uproarious entertainment, which at times sets the whole theatre rocking with laughter, R.K.O. Radio's "Mexican Spitfire" can be highly recommended. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
90% Gilda (1946) There is fine, serious acting by Glenn Ford, a character study by Steven Geray that is a rare treat to witness, and some imperial German arrogance from George Macready, complete with duelling scar. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020