For 1,219 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 War Horse
Lowest review score: 0 Illegal Tender
Score distribution:
1,219 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Director Zack Snyder's cerebral, scintillating follow-up to "300" seems, to even a weary filmgoer's eye, as fresh and magnificent in sound and vision as "2001" must have seemed in 1968, yet in its eagerness to argue with itself, it resembles "A Clockwork Orange."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Ridiculous comedies can be fine, but the ones that matter creep up close to the truth. This one lives in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Dropping by on the same people every seven years like an old friend - or an unwelcome relative - Apted has constructed a peerless, suspenseful work that develops character to a depth that would make Tolstoy jealous. If you have any interest in documentaries, watch the DVD of the first film, "7 Up" (49 Up hits DVD Nov. 14). You won't be able to stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A sublime meditation that is one of this year's wisest, warmest and funniest films.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    What a sweet collision is Rescue Dawn: the American psycho meets the German kook.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Getting a small cohort of humanity dead right is an impressive artistic achievement, but Mike Leigh's beautifully modulated English drama Another Year advances even farther.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It's not a knock on Steven Spielberg to say he is history's finest maker of children's movies. His capacity to evoke simplicity, awe, beauty and unconditional love are his genius, and his vision of the children's story War Horse is a gorgeous, majestic fable about a boy who yearns to be reunited with his steed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Deep, disturbing and funny.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    56 Up is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries, beginning in 1964 with "7 Up."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Twice I have left a Calvary screening feeling dazed and moved.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    That the story has largely gone untold is a shame, and Kennedy (daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy) has done a service to the country in reminding us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Can’t possibly deserve your close attention. Yet it does, with distilled honky-tonk poetry and generous good humor. It’s one of the year’s best, most deeply felt films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The White Ribbon is one of the finest films that ever repelled me, a holiday in the abyss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    An improbable but hilarious combine of losin’-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The highest praise I can give a superhero movie is that it makes me forget about its 10-cent-comic-book soul.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The details are true and funny, played brilliantly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be one of the most absorbing films of the year. Plus it has lots of wiener jokes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    After seeing Everybody's Fine, Paul McCartney offered to write a song that plays over the closing credits. That may be because the whole movie is like a celluloid McCartney tune: warm and playful and sweetly earnest, but lightly funny, too, and crafted with consummate skill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Wrestler offers something to pretty much everyone in the audience. Much like "The Sopranos," it creates a world that might make you feel utterly at home or exhilarated by strange horrors. Maybe both.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Dizzy with celebrity, New York society and gay life (if all that isn't the same thing), Infamous is more fun. But "Capote" is a better movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Coppola works in weird ways, but the real Versailles was so much weirder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Actors tell us that dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedies about dying are hardest of all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.

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