For 1,290 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 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 The Seven Five
Lowest review score: 0 State of Play
Score distribution:
1,290 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The shallow, derivative and contrived British heist thriller Wasteland lives down to its unfortunate name.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Boring movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    With its starkly contrasted visuals (fierce blacks, Clorox whites, a dash of unholy crimson), The Spirit may resemble a comic book more than any live-action film yet made, but it makes "Max Payne" look like a gleaming jewel of storytelling by comparison.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Bidding to be the “Terms of Endearment” of zombie movies, Maggie sucks all the life out of an idea that just won’t die.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fine for fans? Sure. This stuff is crack for fans. Crack is really bad!
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is about a situation, not a story — there’s little narrative momentum — and as is often the case with movies about journalists, the mood of smug sanctimony becomes unbearable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Five minutes before The Golden Compass started, I was wondering when it was going to start. Forty minutes into it, I was wondering exactly the same thing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There is also something surgically sterile. The movie sounds as though it was recorded in a padded chamber instead of a bustling school, and it looks like it came from some alternate world, one that basks in the eternal sunshine of the spotless skin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Grunting and boarlike, Gérard Depardieu supplies a one-note rendition of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Abel Ferrara’s peculiarly unilluminating Welcome to New York.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The origins story Dracula Untold is Dracula unbold — unoriginal, unimaginative and utterly non-unprecedented. This Vlad the Impaler has all the edge of Vlasic the pickle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Much of this footage might have been illuminating, even fascinating, in 2003. But seven years on, it's ancient history lacking insight, hindsight or a fresh take.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Needlessly violent? No, Rambo is needfully violent. Johnny R. is a man constructed of violence.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An icky S&M thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A sour, plotless and witless comedy-drama based on the final Mordecai Richler novel, wants to remind you of "Sideways" and its forlorn drink-moistened soul search. Giamatti is an ideal casting choice, but even this talented actor can't sell a lovable-jerk
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A popcorn picture that thinks it’s “The Last Emperor,” The Karate Kid is about as likely to grab your youngster’s attention as any other propaganda film made by the Chinese government.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A caper comedy that forgot to put in the laughs.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The bite and bark of Underdog are both pretty awful, but little kids might take this pooch for a walk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sherlock Holmes dumbs down a century-old synonym for intelligence with S&M gags, witless sarcasm, murky bombast and twirling action-hero moves that belong in a ninja flick.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    We keep waiting for a story, or at least some comedy, but none ever materializes. The dialogue makes Algebra II seem fascinating by comparison.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sarah's Key belongs to the Holocaust for Dummies section of Harvey Weinstein's History for Dummies series of mer etricious glossy dramas that ransack global events and turn them into middlebrow women's weepies to fill his trophy case.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through Chronicle is the power to supersuck.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dreary message movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A lukewarm film about what might happen to three New York City friends if the draft were reinstated, proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It's a cute idea that a better filmmaker than writer-director Michael Schroeder could have done a lot with.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is narrated by Russell Crowe, whose star power is probably the only reason it's being released here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even for a horror movie, The Crazies is a bore, and we're talking about the most boring genre this side of dysfunctional-family indie drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sheen's throwback portrayal is appealing enough, but flat characters, dull revelations and uninvolving complications make this deliberately small film feel nearly microscopic.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not very haunty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller Silent House lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Tender, heartfelt and exquisitely dull, the drama Félix and Meira illustrates the perils of trying to tell an emotional love story with meaningful stares and long pauses.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The potential for suspense is dropped (there's a subplot about the receptionist's flight from her violent husband, but he appears in only a couple of scenes) in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This "Alfie" meets "Boogie Nights" bio fizzles because, although Sassoon never stops talking, he never says anything.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No
    No, which has been nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is largely a gimmick picture: At all times, it looks like hastily assembled news footage shot on grainy videotape in 1988. That means light flaring up to spoil the image, bumpy camerawork, a nearly square picture and all-around grubbiness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is a failure if it can't convince us that these two people belong together. It can't, and barely tries.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Porno plus Parkinson's don't quite add up to sexy fun.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Hop
    Hop gives us . . . a bunny who poops jelly beans. That idea doesn't fill you with seasonal joy? Neither will the rest of the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You know those one-joke "Saturday Night Live" sketches that start to age after six minutes? Blades of Glory is one joke that lasts 93 minutes, costs $11 and could involve sitting next to a guy who retells the movie into his cellphone.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The dull, predictable direction is the perfect match for a watery, nondescript cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    What happens when several characters' lives intertwine with the maggot-infested corpse of a prostitute in The Dead Girl? A whole lot of crying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film by Yasuhiro Yoshiura suffers from many of the same flaws as other anime features — a plodding pace, broad humor, a bland heroine and snarly, one-dimensional villains.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Plotwise, the movie can (like many a Brooklynite) barely be bothered to comb its hair. Just when the pace needs to pick up, everyone sits around discussing fruity drinks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie hopes to be regarded as childlike too, but there's a difference between kid-friendly and just regular old dumb.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is neither an affecting romance (Coco even considers marrying Balsan because "I'd achieve social status") nor an inspiring success story. Chanel sold herself to one guy, happened to get customers through him, and took a start-up loan from another lover.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Edward Norton plays Ray, a (possibly) honest cop wearing an unexplained scar positioned just so on his cheek. It looks like it was bought in the markdown aisle of Halloween Mart on Nov. 1.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Everything is predictable three scenes in advance, and it's all stale, stuck, stolid.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If the jokes in Get Hard were a set of Jeopardy categories, they’d read as follows: Things Will Ferrell Puts Up His Butt, Butt Rape, Shots of Will Ferrell’s Bare Butt and Satirical Comparisons of Violent and Nonviolent Crime Not Excluding Mentions of Balzac.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Slow West certainly lives up to its title: It’s one poky Western, plodding and perambulating and moseying across the 1870 frontier on a grim march to a pointless ending.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Liberal Arts comes to us produced by Josh Radnor. Written by Josh Radnor. Starring Josh Radnor. Josh Radnor is much like Woody Allen, except for the talent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The computer-generated flying effects are the only reason to see the movie, but at some point somebody left the computer on too long, so it went ahead and spat out the script.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is, as you'd expect, rubbish, but the word is slightly too kind. The David Fincher film (like the very similar Swedish one - released in the US just last year! - and the book) is not even good rubbish.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    One of the few monster-crocodile movies that simultaneously tries to rip off "Jaws" and "Meet the Press."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is still a mess, stumbling from comic-relief scenes that aren't funny to a job-training interlude in which we learn that, among other things, owls make excellent . . . blacksmiths?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An amusingly preposterous last act keeps you guessing, or maybe keeps you ducking, as it lets rip an avalanche of startling revelations and double-crosses. Nothing is what it seems - unless it seems cheesy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Turistas has mastered the international language: stupidity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Among group-suicide movies, A Long Way Down may prove uniquely inspirational: It’s bound to make audience members want to kill themselves. It might be the only summer movie during which the snack bars will be selling cyanide Kool-Aid.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dull, trite thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Only rarely does the film present a genuine insight, such as the observation that many black people loved to dress up in their finest for church because, during the week, they were so often dressed as servants and manual laborers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Appalachian mountains get blown up to extract coal in the documentary The Last Mountain, a film in which activists are at least as hot as the TNT.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Happy Feet" was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes "The Da Vinci Code" look like TOLSTOY.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The audience is the fire hydrant.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie doesn't do anything with these viney bastards. There's no back story, no satire, no allegory, no implications beyond what's happening on the pyramid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Problem: Kidman is the only one in the theater who is turned on. The rest of us are giggling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Considering that Gracie says nothing that hasn't been said in dozens of films, one does wonder whether Hollywood is being as diligent as it could be in digging up fresh story ideas.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    When the studio tells us that parental guidance is suggested, does it occur to them that they should have taken their own advice?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Dark World” is low-stakes, low-emotion, lowbrow.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I went to a wartime thriller, but then a Poli Sci 101 seminar broke out.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Watching Penn pump iron and denounce capitalism for two hours would be roughly as illuminating as this monotonous Euro-thriller.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie pretty much exists to sell tie-in products, and it's about as entertaining as watching little kids playing with their toys in the sandbox.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comedy that forgot to install the funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    So laugh-poor that it shoves all its comedy chips on a bet that you can build a movie around nose gags.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A serial-killer flick told like an art lecture, Anamorph manages to be gruesome yet dull.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    [Director Kaye's] dedication to the material is admirable, but his tactic of following one dismal development with an even more depressing one comes to seem monotonous and pointless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Can a series of irritating events make a movie? Yes, but an irritating one: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For a 99 percenter movie, then, Elysium is kind of a head-scratcher. It throws away its best opportunity for drama. It’s as if Han and Leia parked on the Death Star and started asking, “How much is a two-bedroom around here?”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Misses everything that made the first one eat into your spine like meningitis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This future looks awfully passé: The stimulus didn't work out. Neither did 1917 Russia.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I've seen a lot of rip-offs of "The Truman Show" and a lot of rip-offs of "Scream." I guess I have to give credit to The Cabin in the Woods for ripping off both at once.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You get the feeling the guy who wrote Transformers: Age of Extinction used the entire script as a passive-aggressive running joke on his boss, director Michael Bay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The men who made The Guardian strive to be the averagest of the average - and don't quite succeed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The shtick movie Paranormal Activity 3 is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie that features Wahlberg suggesting everyone try to outrun the wind can barely be watched once.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    New Moon is supposed to be an exciting love story plus monster action. So where’s the excitement? Where’s the action?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    So Arnold Schwarzenegger has reached the shaky-cam-and-hoodies stage of his career. But it’s a bit late in the day for Arnold to try to get all indie and complicated.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    About the only reason to stay with this increasingly histrionic film is to satisfy curiosity about exactly how Diego will (as we learn at the outset) die, but long before we learn that Twice Born chokes to death on its own melodrama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The considerable talents of Banks make the movie bearable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jon Stewart’s filmmaking debut Rosewater has much in common with “The Daily Show” — it’s blaringly obvious, it’s naive, it plays to the cheap seats and it’s enamored with cheap jokes.

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