Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Battleship Pretension
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T-Meter Title | Year
36% Jolt (2021) Like its main character, the film confidently charges full steam ahead, but, unlike her, without any ability to back it up. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
No Score Yet Giant from the Unknown (1958) ...an unengaging sci-fi horror film built around an uninspiring monster. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
50% Lansky (2021) ...the movie is a scattershot attempt to bestow significance on Meyer Lansky without ever really knowing how to do so. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
52% The Iron Lady (2012) Is The Iron Lady better than the average biopic? I'd say so. It has a good look, a great performance, and the occasional strong, probing scene. But, by and large, I found myself wanting more. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) In the end, though, this director's cut isn't much of an improvement over the compromised theatrical version. Both feature a strong cast and solid action serving a bland, forgettable story... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
45% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) Exploitation arrived at accidentally is exploitation nonetheless. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
99% Finding Nemo (2003) In its story, characters, and visuals, Finding Nemo reminds us of how remarkable- and poignant- a well made family film can be. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
53% People Like Us (2012) Unfortunately, People Like Us just isn't the fulfilling film that it very well could have been. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
78% Brave (2012) Brave, the new film from Pixar, is the most beautiful movie I've seen in years. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
92% In a World... (2013) ...most directors' first films do not have the basis of quality that this movie has. I'm excited to see her next film, but, in the meantime, we have In a World... If you have the opportunity to see it, I recommend that you do. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) In 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup's story is tragic and infuriating, but only because slavery itself was tragic and infuriating. Beyond that, the story feels generic. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Yes, there are the standard story beats to hit, but Wes Ball doesn't seem interested in simply hitting them and moving on. Instead, he wants to understand why something might happen and what the implications of it are. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
91% Mississippi Grind (2015) While at times the dialogue may get a bit too clever, and the general story may dip too often into plot convenience, the acting is top notch, and does just as much to sell the desperation of this world as the dark, moody cinematography... - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) It feels more like a re-creation than an actual film; simple, straightforward, and ultimately unmemorable. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
68% The Visit (2015) M. Night Shyamalan needed people to be on his side. Thankfully, with The Visit, a found footage horror movie with more than its share of humor, he finally got me back on his side. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
94% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) It reminds us that "summer blockbuster" doesn't have to be a dirty word, but can be an extremely satisfying and engaging time at the movies. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
83% Ant-Man (2015) It's as though the film is so eager to let you know that it is aware of your concerns that it forgets to put in the effort to fully dispel them. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
50% They Reach (2020) So visually and tonally engaging that both the film's flaws and derivations fall away. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
58% Infidel (2020) Wastes a compelling story by focusing much more on its ideological agenda. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
84% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Little more than an effective, all-access promotional video, extolling the virtues of its product. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Sin of Norma Moran (1933) The Sin of Nora Moran is a film that, like the character herself, would at first appear simplistic, but will ultimately surprise you, first with its flourishes and then with its considerable heart. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
89% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Attempts to dramatize the tragedy of mental illness for an audience that is perhaps most likely to stigmatize it: teenagers. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
100% Ask No Questions (2020) It is the humanity of the filmmakers and their obvious exasperation at the audacity of the Chinese government that makes the film work as well as it does. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
40% Useless Humans (2020) the obvious joy with which the director, writers, and cast attack The material is infectious at times, but the scattershot sloppiness inherent in these types of films keeps the audience at arm's length. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) ...with a generic plot, uninteresting lead characters, and only a generalized sense of terror, The Beach House begins to lose its audience. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
71% 7500 (2020) A movie that doesn't fully trust its premise or its audience, dumbing down the proceedings to keep our attention. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) It is a testament to Foulkes's assured handling of the material that many of the biggest laughs come at the saddest moments. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Does a good job of giving the details of the forgotten experiment, but lacks any real depth. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
100% Man Camp (2020) A committed cast and a solid undercurrent of pathos elevate the film, effectively preventing it from becoming too broad. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
88% Onward (2020) A funny, exciting, and ultimately mature film that deserves to be discussed alongside Pixar's best. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) With The Invisible Man, Whannell has reminded us just how effective even the most familiar horror can still be when done right. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
75% Big Trouble in Little China (1986) It is an odd, sometimes-nightmarish delight and one that rewards multiple viewings by those brave or foolish enough to return to this cinematic middle finger to the Hollywood mainstream. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) Argues that human brokenness is bigger and sadder and scarier than many artists and audiences are ready to deal with. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
19% Cats (2019) A surreal circus of man-animals whose insane musical ramblings frequently cross the line into the realm of madness, but somehow still manages to ensnare us, against all odds and our own best efforts. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick tells a story that is emotionally epic, employing a wide angle lens and long shots that capture the scope of these obscure lives and the extraordinary and horrific events that changed them forever. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) Less a fully-realized story and more a beautifully-executed experiment, leaving me astonished at the spectacle, but ultimately feeling empty. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The film invites us into Rogers' outlook, ultimately allowing us to know him in a way that no by-the-numbers biopic ever could. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
74% Night of the Creeps (1986) If the film falls well short of greatness, it is due to the director's inability to step outside himself as a horror fan and deliver a film that is effective on its own terms, rather than simply trading on the past greatness of the classics. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
53% Overcomer (2019) The filmmaking itself is competent, but rarely moves beyond basic functionality. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) In the end, the film doesn't throw a lot of curveballs at the audience, but is just so relatable that it's hard to resist. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
35% The Lawnmower Man (1992) There are plenty of eye-rolling moments in this film, and not just from the dated effects. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
7% The Snowman (2017) A complete misfire. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A film that is thematically complex and visually astounding. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The vehicle may be pretty, but it's still just spinning its wheels. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
79% The Beguiled (2017) A deeply engaging film, and one that lingers in the mind like a morning fog. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Gunn tries to keep an eye towards character development and relationships in the midst of the chaos. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
37% Firestarter (1984) No surprises, no revelations, no twists. In fact, there really aren't even any character arcs. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
91% Prevenge (2017) As original and enjoyable as Prevenge is, it seldom operates at the level that it could, or should. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
86% It (2017) A nice, moody, well-realized horror film that's too concerned with pleasing a wide audience to actually have the kind of impact that the best horror does. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
97% Columbus (2017) Unique characters, beautiful cinematography, and elegiac tone. - Battleship Pretension EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019