For 1,223 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 Rescue Dawn
Lowest review score: 0 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Score distribution:
1,223 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It raises tangled questions about whether it is better to live humiliated or arm yourself, yet for the most part it's dramatically inert, talky and directionless, and it ends quietly without saying much of anything.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Porno plus Parkinson's don't quite add up to sexy fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    not so much a movie as an "act," one that belongs at a club called Shenanigans or maybe Chuckleheads.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It contains no poetry. It simply conjures up a horrible feeling -- and then sits back awaiting congratulation.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Cavanagh, the always-engaging former star of "Ed" (with whom I am friendly), and the adorable Faris (whom I don't know -- but feel free to look me up, Anna!) make the non-animated scenes amusing, as the ranger and the documentarian fall in love and fight to save the park. But the script doesn't give them a lot to do.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie that appears to have been shot entirely on leftover sets from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It sounds like it was written by the star pupils at the Cameron Academy of Screenwriting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This "Alfie" meets "Boogie Nights" bio fizzles because, although Sassoon never stops talking, he never says anything.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Attempting to fill Dudley Moore's top hat in Arthur, Russell Brand rapidly descends the rungs of the comedy ladder from "unfunny" to "irritating" to "vulgar" to the bottom one - "Andy Dick."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    At best a sporadically amusing sketchbook of theater types.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Seldom does The Bang Bang Club show much interest in the big picture of South Africa. When moral issues do come to the forefront, the big worry seems to be not questionable behavior but bad publicity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If you're wondering why this movie must stretch past two hours, it's because it takes that long to read every item in the cliché dictionary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie has the feel of a weary business trip.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This mild drama plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For a noir, the film is way too talky and convoluted, yet for a physics lesson, it's trash.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Their '50s-style comedy mugging not only don't come across to Americans, it's hard to believe even New Zealanders would care.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jig
    There's no way to put this gently: Watching people slam their heels and toes on the boards while drifting around the floor is about as fascinating as watching the carousel rotation in your favorite microwave oven.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Things are so dull, rote and humorless that when signboards in a European scene read "Mondiale Grand Prix," I at first thought they said "Mondale Grand Prix," which sounds like an unwanted award this movie could easily win.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fine for fans? Sure. This stuff is crack for fans. Crack is really bad!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    In Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler says, "I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of that hurt a lot of people." But enough about "The Bounty Hunter," "The Ugly Truth" and "P.S. I Love You."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Real Steel is to action what the Anthony Weiner habit was to sex: It's so virtual, so distant from the thrill, that you wonder what the point is. Do you really want to pay to watch an actor playing a kid who in turn plays what amounts to a video game?
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This future looks awfully passé: The stimulus didn't work out. Neither did 1917 Russia.
    • 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
    So moron-friendly they should have called it "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Checkers." The skill level in the script is elementary school, my dear Watson.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Banal at the beginning and preposterous at the close, the British horror film Kill List jumbles together wildly incongruous ingredients to create a dramatic mush.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The script suffers from blandness and aimlessness.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The considerable talents of Banks make the movie bearable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As for a villain, you could do worse than Bryan Cranston as the evil political overlord who is trying to stamp out the resistance -- When he goes mano a mano with Farrell, it's not spine-tingling. It's embarrassing, like watching a dude beat up his dad.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film as a whole goes from intriguing to irritating.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The dull, predictable direction is the perfect match for a watery, nondescript cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I don't think he (Apatow) did enough research on his topic. Because no one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Much has been made of the fact that Promised Land was partly funded by the enemies of our domestic gas industry - the foreign oil nabobs in the United Arab Emirates. But the film gets so cheesy that I suspect it was also secretly funded by Velveeta.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The tone of The Playroom is one of soppy moroseness. This imitation “Ice Storm” is as refreshing as a step into a puddle of slush.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fake documentaries annoy me — why not put in the effort and deliver the real thing? — and this one is not only aimless and stiff, it also rings false.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Argentine writer-director Juan Solanas’ fantasy romance Upside Down is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, “Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A great writer deserves a more penetrating and inquisitive documentary: Reverence is not the path to understanding.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Argentina’s noir Everybody Has a Plan is as sludgy as the river delta in which it takes place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I’m probably more intrigued than 99.3 percent of the American public by the idea of deconstructing the hidden symbols in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” but the theories proposed in the doc Room 237 aren’t eye-opening. They’re laughable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The villains are all wrong, the motivations are muddy, even the gadgetry is off. And the swaggering genius at the center of it all has become a preening fool.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn’t been overly difficult.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Let’s say you wanted to have another go at “Red Dawn” but you think more like Redford. Voilà: You’d have The East, a cockamamie valentine to eco-terrorism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Less a movie than a checklist of indiecinema clichés. Youth on a journey of self-discovery? Got it. Dead mom? Uh-huh. Wounded and entitled when it’s trying to be soulful, plotless, laden with indie rock and entirely overhyped at Sundance? Checkarooney.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The shallow, derivative and contrived British heist thriller Wasteland lives down to its unfortunate name.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not every movie can come from the heart: This one is from the crotch. But what’s left for the sequel? Maybe it’ll feature Mark and Denzel sporting matching leather codpieces or giving each other bikini waxes. We can only hope.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The teen movie The Spectacular Now begins like “Say Anything” but soon turns into “Drink Anything.”
    • 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?”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cinematic listicle of misleading economic talking points.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This movie is basically “Spinal Tap” minus the jokes. Two of the band members have the word “Metallica” emblazoned on their clothing. Metallica — it’s the band that has to remind fans whom they’re watching!
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Can’t somebody come up with a monster that does something more interesting than run at you screaming, “Yeeaaaarrrrgh”?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Remember the old Ben Affleck, the one who made 28 consecutive bad movies before he turned out to be a pretty good director? He’s back! Behold, the second coming of . . . Badfleck.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As Franco dilutes the drama with first-year-film-student gimmicks, like split screens and slow motion, it just seems like a dull collection of pointless monologues from actors who can’t even be bothered to match up their accents. Franco is a dilettante, and it shows.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Dark World” is low-stakes, low-emotion, lowbrow.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The story of a guy who never goes anywhere or does anything. Until he goes everywhere and does everything, but he might as well have stayed home.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The cheesy techno-thriller The Outsider is a blaring B-movie that doesn’t have much going for it, but it does have an engaging action hero in its leading man, a snarling Cockney badass named Craig Fairbrass.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Young men and fast cars are automatically stupid together, but even if you set your intelligence level at “off” — and you should — you’ll get a hangover from this cocktail of 200-proof stupid, clinking with moron ice cubes and with an idiot cherry on top.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No, this film by director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre just isn’t funny, and the mismatched leads aren’t even interesting together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There’s a fine horror film inside Tusk, but it’s only 20 minutes long. The rest is just blubber.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 66 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Inherent Vice, meandering even by Anderson’s standards, is easily the worst of his movies, a soporific 2½-hour endurance test.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    School for Scoundrels teaches one important lesson: Avoid any thing carrying the banner of The Weinstein Co., which is to the multiplex what bagged spinach is to the produce aisle.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Halfway through, the jokes stop - the laughs never began - and give way to a tiresome thriller.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie's prideful silliness makes it semi-watchable in the manner of Saturday afternoon cable flicks like "Delta Force."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There are a couple of grams of interesting stories about Miami's drug traffic in Cocaine Cowboys, but the good stuff is cut with 50 kilos of cinematic baking soda.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though nothing much happens, all of the actors get to do lots of teary close-ups.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If your film is as downbeat and deflated as this one, you had better be leading up to a more interesting insight than, "The older I get, the more I know that I don't know anyone."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dull and dreary prequel.

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