For 1,201 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Constellation
Score distribution:
1,201 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The men who made The Guardian strive to be the averagest of the average - and don't quite succeed.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Misses everything that made the first one eat into your spine like meningitis.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Problem: Kidman is the only one in the theater who is turned on. The rest of us are giggling.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Turistas has mastered the international language: stupidity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    DiCaprio and Connelly give off the sexual tension of pickled herring.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Isn't as bad as you'd think, but this comic mash-up of "The Bourne Identity" and "Fat Albert" doesn't have much heft.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    One of the few monster-crocodile movies that simultaneously tries to rip off "Jaws" and "Meet the Press."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The mutants are brain-damaged; the filmmakers don't have that excuse to justify this movie, which is the kind of thing the sergeant would call "a stunning display of individual and group stupidity."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There's too little dog and too much fire house in Firehouse Dog, a mild kid comedy that turns into a flaming arson mystery with some scenes that could be too scary for little ones.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Satire is merciless; it demands that mocker be superior to mockee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Some ideas are auto-stolen (from Coupland's last novel, "JPod"), but those quirky atmospherics aren't enough to sustain a largely plotless film.
    • 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
    A 12th-grade "Sixth Sense" with a third-rate plot.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A suspenseless rehash.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Rush Hour" was acceptable. It was to "Rush Hour 2" what McDonald's is to White Castle. "Rush Hour 2" is to Rush Hour 3 what White Castle is to cat food.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A caper comedy that forgot to put in the laughs.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A kid unversed in other name-brand fantasy movies might go for The Seeker, but in 2007 it's redundant, a puttering Potter without wit and whimsy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A slow train to Dullsville that makes all local stops. You know a film is in trouble if the most interesting thing in it is the luggage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Made to win awards, and I'm here to present it with one: the Cliché of the Year honors, otherwise known as the Hackney.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dreary message movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I went to a wartime thriller, but then a Poli Sci 101 seminar broke out.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes "The Da Vinci Code" look like TOLSTOY.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An occasionally revealing glimpse inside the mind of Chapman before, during and after the assassination.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A heist comedy in which the audience gets robbed.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Needlessly violent? No, Rambo is needfully violent. Johnny R. is a man constructed of violence.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Situations get increasingly ridiculous, and none of the characters ever seems like anything but a screenwriter's sketch.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    At some point, this movie must have been a screenplay. But it's an enigma why anyone would bet tens of millions of dollars that people would laugh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jacques Rivette's film is full of painstaking historical detail, but the behavior of the two nonlovers is mired in inaction and emotionally incomprehensible.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Throws in enough hurtling bodies, screaming bullets and totaled cars that it at least holds your interest, so it passes the worth-watching-if-you're-stuck-on-an-airplane test.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Better than most Martin Lawrence movies - much as strep throat is better than malaria.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A serial-killer flick told like an art lecture, Anamorph manages to be gruesome yet dull.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For all its outré set pieces it never rises above the level of pretentious trash.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie that features Wahlberg suggesting everyone try to outrun the wind can barely be watched once.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Boring movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Everything is predictable three scenes in advance, and it's all stale, stuck, stolid.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    CHOKE tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Transporter 3 is made for airplane viewing, and not just any airplane: an Eastern European one, on the flight from Hrubbishnik to Slutnya.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The audience is the fire hydrant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Combines a sketch-comedy premise with pacing like a philosophy seminar.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There probably aren't enough futuristic Goth rock musicals, but Repo! The Genetic Opera is weak on a couple of things a musical needs: music and lyrics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Goldblum's wobbly German accent and the staginess of the script doom this effort by Paul Schrader ("American Gigolo").
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Che
    You can't spell cliché without Che. And as I endured this mad dream directed - or perhaps committed - by Steven Soderbergh, I wondered where I'd seen it all before. The booted stomping through the greensward, the jungly target shooting? It's a remake of Woody Allen's "Bananas," right?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The first time I saw Yes Man, I thought the concept was getting kind of stale toward the end. As it turns out, that was only the trailer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Nothing But the Truth is like listening to the fourth-best debater in middle school present a term paper called "Politics, Power and the Media."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    We watched a story of a Labrador. Who eats the couch and disobeys. I said to Lady, "It's a labra-bore."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As bland as the Kenny G-style smooth jazz its hero listens to in moments of distress.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Is the Crystal Lake PD really doing such a good job? You'd have to go back to Phnom Penh in 1975 to find a place with a higher per-capita rate of unprosecuted homicides.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The only possible interest the movie will inspire in anyone comes when Paltrow flashes a breast toward the end, far too late to pump any excitement into an aggressively boring film that gurgles with self-indulgence.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    UH-UH. Non. Nein. Negative. Sept. 11 is not to be used as the setup for a cheesy disaster prophecy flick.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not very haunty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It all leads nowhere. There are pull-the-rug-out endings, and then there are pull-the-floor-out endings. The Escapist leaves you standing on nothing, like Wile E. Coyote, wondering why you bothered to come this far.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Every Little Step shows only this: It hurts to flunk an audition, and it's nice to get hired. Everything it has to say about Broadway was said better in Bob Fosse's movie "All That Jazz" -- in its opening five minutes.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Picture "Fargo" played with no sense of comedy, and you'll get some idea of the absurdity of this drunken floozy, clicking and wobbling on high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film mangles its twist and fails to deliver an interesting coup de grace or a sharp line of dialogue.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An icky S&M thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie doesn't really begin or end. Whether the lights have just gone down or the credits have begun to roll, things are pretty much the same for Henry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You wouldn't call The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day a taut thriller. More like a fleshy, messy, jangled frenzy of shootouts and much discussion about the mechanics of romantic entanglements that bloom between prison inmates.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Matthew Broderick graduates from "boyish" and lurches straight into "curmudgeonly" in the would-be indie heartwarmer Wonderful World.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even I realize that other people's babies are boring. So is Babies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comedy that forgot to install the funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This loopy farce has the feel of a wacky off-off-Broadway play with more energy than wit, but it has its moments. And the laid-back acting of Hoffman (son of Dustin) just about holds it together.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As portrayed by Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky weren't exactly Rhett & Scarlett.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The Concert is an art-house trap, the cinematic equivalent of one of those salads that turns out to have more calories than a Big Mac. And for the same reason: gobs of thick, sweet dressing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It feels as shopworn as a dusty VHS tape of "Less Than Zero."
    • 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?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.
    • 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