Neil Smith

Neil Smith
Neil Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com Total Film Popcorn Independent (UK) ViewLondon Film4 thelondonpaper Uncut Magazine [UK] Heat Magazine SFX Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Jillian Bell goes the distance in an inspirational comedy that's funny, fresh and feelgood. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Flawed though Double Tap undoubtedly is, we wouldn't rule out a Zombieland 3 in another decade. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Maudlin, glum and distinctly cheap-looking, Angel brings the curtain down on a trilogy that should have never got this far. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) There is a guilelessness at work in Good Boys that offsets all its sex toys, dirty talk and recreational drug use. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) It takes more than two Avengers and the director of Fast & Furious 8 to make the MIB hip again. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds and Pikachu make an inspired combo in a CGI/live-action mash-up that otherwise adheres to a rigidly boilerplate formula. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased is achingly, even excessively sincere, not least in its determination not to demonise its protagonist's well-meaning but deluded parents. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) [I]t's when the film is at its simplest that it proves most irresistible. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Another beautifully played, gorgeously photographed snapshot of the African-American experience. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Three formidable females form a deliciously entertaining triangle in an audacious frock opera. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) An all-too-familiar story is told with empathy and vigour in a film arguing for tolerance, activism and change. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends (2015) The perils of fly-on-the-wall filmmaking are entertainingly laid bare in this first docu-feature from Tom Meadmore. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 100% Plot 35 (Carré 35) (2017) A moving doc about the things we remember and those we choose to forget. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 94% Gook (2017) Has much to say on America's racial melting pot that feels pertinent. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 83% The Bachelors (2017) The story is predictable, but Simmons' tighty whities and Delpy's fish impressions compensate. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/5 84% The Final Year (2018) The shadow of subsequent events looms oppressively large, but Greg Barker's film still speaks eloquently for diplomacy and selfless public service. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 56% The Commuter (2018) A solid if far-fetched thriller that still entertains, even as it goes off the rails. Terrible title, mind. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 79% Brad's Status (2017) We've seen Stiller do 'exasperated malcontent' before, but this remains a perceptive portrait of fortysomething angst. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
2/5 67% Shot Caller (2017) Waugh's film conveys the kill-or-be-killed rationalism that inexorably draws Coster-Waldau's 'Money' towards a life of violent crime. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) One of this sequel-slash-reboot's key deficiencies: the lack of any significant connective tissue with its forerunner. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
4/5 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) An outlandish high concept is a recipe for hope and humour in a film that bears viewing more than once. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Humbug? You said it, Ebenezer. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 98% Jane (2017) The life and work of British primatologist Jane Goodall would make a fascinating subject for a documentary even without the reams of previously unseen footage of her interacting with chimps in Tanzania that director Brett Morgen had at his disposal. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3/5 88% Brakes (2016) The odd chuckle of recognition helps paper over technical deficiencies. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
5/5 81% Predator (1987) An '80s classic full of still-thrilling action, quotable one-liners ("Get to the chopper!" "Stick around!") and sly digs at Uncle Sam's penchant for unwinnable jungle wars. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
3/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) Backdraft clichés notwithstanding, this is a stirring fact-based tribute to public servants putting it on the line. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) State-of-the-art effects combine with playful, generous storytelling in a feelgood sequel only marmalade haters could resist. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Stolen (2017) A western as inept as it is preposterous. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) It manages to be both tongue-in-cheek and achingly sincere. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
4/5 70% Hellraiser (1987) Some of the FX haven't aged well, and nine more Hellraiser movies flayed the franchise, but this is a key '80s horror. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
2/5 22% 6 Below: Miracle On The Mountain (2017) Despite some appealing lensing and an edgier tone than a lot of Christian dramas (nudity, swearing, and in one memorable moment, self-cannibalism), this is a movie with zero subtext and even less subtlety. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 81% The Party (2018) Enjoyably acted by a fine ensemble cast, it crisply skewers the hypocrisies of its left-liberal, middle-class characters. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 74% The Ritual (2017) Entertaining, engrossing and at times genuinely unnerving, Bruckner's bad trip is one for horror fans to relish. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
4/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) Despite dialogue and accent issues, this is a breathtaking homage to van Gogh. There has never been a film like it. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Tots will enjoy, but there's no denying the pieces don't quite click together. Best giant moggy since The Goodies, mind. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Marker (2017) Writer-director Justin Edgar establishes a bleak mood from the off, while the Tom Hardy-like Frederick Schmidt brings a brooding purposefulness to his role as the redemption-seeking Marley. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
4/5 93% Young Frankenstein (1974) Well worth a watch. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
5/5 98% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) It combines an astute character study with some of the most jaw-dropping images captured on film. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2/5 59% The Case for Christ (2017) A tedious sermon that's preaching to the converted. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
4/5 100% London Symphony (2017) The 'city symphony' genre that flourished in the '20s is made over in a monochrome montage from director-editor Alex Barrett, offering a view of London life spanning the city's architecture, wildlife, religions and nightspots. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
2/5 43% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Two characters, who you won't like, insulting each other for two hours. Give it a miss and rewatch Midnight Run instead. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
4/5 89% Maudie (2017) Hawkins shines in a touching biopic that will make you laugh, cry and Google its subject afterwards. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/5 65% The Wall (2017) A relentlessly taut thriller, a cautionary tale on the folly of starting wars you can't finish. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) This tale of two sisters trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor serves up some undeniably tense moments ... - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
3/5 58% Alone in Berlin (2017) Has star power (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson), and some handsome visuals, but is otherwise too solemn to keep us invested in its heroes' mission or fate. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 44% Hampstead (2019) Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson are an odd couple in this genteel charmer about a widow who champions a man facing eviction from his Hampstead Heath shack. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
2/5 75% Ballerina (2016) The animation earns brownie points for its digital recreation of 1880s Paree. The rest, alas, is pretty pointe-less. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 49% Churchill (2017) A war movie about indecision? Not the greatest hook. Yet Cox's sturdy performance makes it worth your time. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
3/5 36% The Secret Scripture (2017) Jim Sheridan's first Irish movie since The Boxer has trouble unpicking its mysteries, opting for a romantic soap that sees Rooney Mara's heroine face ostracism after falling for Jack Reynor's RAF pilot in '40s Sligo. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
4/5 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain stalks the corridors of power with steely aplomb in Madden's coolly compelling incursion into House of Cards territory. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017