For 1,127 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
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1,127 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Hot Rod started to go wrong at about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America's just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Remember how "Double Indemnity" featured smart criminals and a smarter investigator? The indie film If I Didn't Care, with its dumb criminals and dumb cops, is a sort of "Double Stupidity."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Say hello to my leetle dagger! Shakespeare meets "Scarface" in an Aussie adaptation of "Macbeth" gone gangsta.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Apart from a heart-tugging plot twist, some lesson learning and more random football talk ("no more buttonhooks in the kitchen"), that's about it. Oh, except for the scene in which Kyra Sedgwick - who plays Joe's agent - farts. Be sure to update your résumé, Kyra.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This movie's heart is in the right place, which is one way of saying it's terrible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie approaches the final scene with a straight face, but it left the audience giggling spasmodically. This script probably should have gone all the way and thrown in a few quips: If your movie is a joke, at least be intentionally funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the mood for some dead-child entertain ment tonight? Reservation Road has what you're looking for. It's "In the Bedroom" crossed with, um, "Fever Pitch."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There isn't enough revealing material in the tedious documentary Jimmy Carter Man From Plains to sustain an 800-word magazine profile, let alone a two-hour film.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The only conceivable reason for Warner Bros. to (barely) release this mush is as a favor to Clint Eastwood, whose daughter Alison directed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    P2
    This is one of those thrillers where the person on-screen is often the only person in the theater who can't guess what'll happen next. Lots of laughable moments provide camp value, though, and Bentley ("American Beauty") makes for a charismatic creep.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie falls into all the usual rhetorical traps.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Most of the comedy comes from dull situations like a fat guy trying to put on a fat suit for no reason.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Holmes, with Alice Cooper hair and crazy Jim Carrey eyes, looks terrible and acts worse, unless this movie is unintentionally a lobotomy documentary. Whatever could have happened to her in the last couple of years to zap the talent out of her like this?
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie chides us for being a sick voyeuristic society, hungry for the sight of violence. The purity of this moral stance is somewhat clouded by the movie's habit of staging sick violent acts.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Great actors make the craft look easy. In the Paris Hilton comedy The Hottie and the Nottie, acting looks very, very difficult.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2 1/2-year-old collection of mediocre stand-up routines and dull backstage chatter, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show demonstrates why comedy clubs require you to have a couple of drinks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Goes up for the dunk and misses the hoop, the backboard and the point. Instead, it manages to both strike out and get sacked. Whose idea was it to remake "Slap Shot" a la Jerry Lewis?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Proves that what might be (but probably isn't) worth five minutes of your time while you're passing through the Times Square subway station really isn't worth a 1 1/2-hour movie.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This boring, torpid movie notices its own flaws and unwisely underlines them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Lazy, shallow and repetitive, Phil Donahue's Body of War is one of the most incompetent documentaries to emerge from the Iraq war.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The audience, if any, for Chaos Theory is going to be hit with a little puff of celluloid flatulence. The movie won't linger in the air, but that doesn't make it any less embarrassing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Occasionally there is a striking image or a moment of wounded sweetness, but mainly the film provides ample proof that it's possible to be bizarre and boring at the same time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The film is an exposé only of a filmmaker's senseless contempt for the military.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At last: Uwe Boll has made his first intentionally funny film.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Love Guru is even funnier than "Wayne's World" or "Austin Powers." Not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The misleading documentary Trumbo paints a golden nimbus of holiness around the onetime highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood, Dalton Trumbo, an on-the-record hater of democracy, defender of authoritarian rule and avowed Communist.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Young ever converses with the gentlemen from al Qaeda, I expect his comments to be along the lines of "Please don't cut my head off."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sounds like a great idea for a gay porno, but the soapy Save Me actually takes itself seriously.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending, but what's strangest about it is that it actually thinks it's pro-soldier even as it portrays vets home on leave as foolish (Rachel McAdams), desperate (Tim Robbins) and dishonorable (Michael Pena) while playing all three situations for laughs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Watching the film, I did manage to retain my empathy for the narrator, though: I was as desperate as he was to escape the situation I was in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The entire script, which boils down to a hopelessly embarrassing lesson about "this beautiful place that can make people live again," seems to have been written within arm's reach of a bong.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A documentary that uses against Atwater images of lynch mobs, decades-old racist comments of his onetime boss Strom Thurmond, and a clip of Bryant Gumbel calling him "the architect of the evil campaign."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rickman has fun playing a lecherous old bastard of a professor in Nobel Son, a pulpy would-be comic thriller, but the movie doesn't deserve him.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A few magic rocks and tepid battle scenes do little to inspire interest in the goings-on as Malcolm McDowell and Eric Idle spout villainy and punch lines, respectively.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What's Spanglish for "oy"?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sandler's bizarrely clunky kiddie flick, is a sort of upside-down "Princess Bride."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Confessions of a Shopaholic -- a "Devil Wears Prada" for Chico's customers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Bears all the signs of having been composed by an inferior race of alien screenwriters from the Hackulon System.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Yet the moral at the end is that we should all be more tolerant of different cultures. Is that really true, though, if the culture you're trying to tolerate is trying to open your skull with a circular saw?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The thing is a virtual remake of the fusty oldie "Sweet Home Alabama," which came out back when movie scripts were written on stone tablets.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Plodding drama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Last week I thought watching women take their clothes off was sexy. This week I saw A Wink and a Smile.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Aggressively ugly and intergalactically boring, the dismal sci-fi kiddie cartoon Battle for Terra is too weak to be shown anywhere except maybe on the next flight to Saturn.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Time for another of Steven Soderbergh's "experimental," i.e., half-assed, films.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At 86 minutes, the film spends exactly 86 more minutes with its subjects than can possibly be tolerated. Coincidence?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cutesy? My pain was acutesy as the entire plot yawned before me.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Few kinds of art are more boring than the insistently transgressive, and few movies are more boring than Humpday.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If we can agree on anything in this great divided land of ours, it's this: Mischa Barton can't act.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Brutally banal chitchat about life and love ensues.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Demonstrating that an hour and a half of stunts doesn't make a movie, this feature is X-treme only in its multidimensional dullness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Shouldn’t Moore run his yellow crime-scene tape around the White House instead of Wall Street? Anyway, President Obama said this month that in cases where the government has fully sold its TARP bank holdings, it has gotten back its money plus 17 percent. Damn those capitalist barons, breaking into our treasury and filling it with their filthy money.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Old Dogs does to the screen what old dogs do to the carpet. It's unfortunate that only the latter can be taken out and shot.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At last, the missing link be tween "Phantom of the Opera" and "Saw." Welcome to the gonzo revenge saga Law Abiding Citizen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like one of those five-minute featurettes on star athletes deployed to soak up time on the pregame show -- expanded to a paralytic length.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie (Untitled) is a tinny satire destined to go "(Unwatched)" because it is "(Uninteresting)."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At the end, as I stumbled back onto the street as disoriented and grateful as a released POW, I thought I'd need a calendar to calculate the length of time I'd been away.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The similar Kevin Bacon HBO movie "Taking Chance" got there first. Worse news: The earlier movie was sober, meticulous and quietly convincing, not a shouty, shoddy bore like this piece of flummery.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The makers of The Spy Next Door should give 50 percent of their profits to James Cameron for ripping off "True Lies." Let's see, what's 50 percent of nothing?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Fix
    Aheroin-stuffed hipster buys a dog, eats Vietnamese food and sells drugs to pay for rehab in Fix, the latest piece of cine-junk stamped out by the indie fakedocumentary factory.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A wink of self-awareness might have made this a guilty pleasure; instead it's a howler along the lines of this fall's "Law Abiding Citizen."
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    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Giving Mrs. Tiger Woods a run for her money as the most humiliated celebrity of the month, Russell Crowe accepts a third-banana role in the laughable weepie Tenderness.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    John Travolta's From Paris With Love assassin/ superagent Charlie Wax is the master of whatever the opposite of wisecracking is. Fooljoshing? Lametalking? Flatlining?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rolls out stiff clichés to tell a familiar story of racial injustice in the South.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The dullness of this writing is more than matched by the dull look achieved by director Allen Coulter, who appears to have shot the film through a piece of yard-sale Tupperware.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Their conversation is so insipid that watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though Freddy is basically the same guy as in the 1984 original, his back story is different. For a few minutes the movie threatens to become interesting -- then retreats.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The transformation of the girls from winsome wisecrackers into whiny bling-obsessed chuckleheads is complete.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Tired? This series is as exhausted as Shrek after a day of baby wrangling and diaper changing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A girl with relationship woes can hardly set foot in Europe these days without finding herself hip-deep in yummy food and tasty men. The latest iteration of the story is Letters to Juliet or, as I like to think of it, "Eat Pray Hurl."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I suppose it's nice that Romero has a hobby, but he couldn't be more of a bore if he were showing off his pine cone collection.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When Grown Ups star and co-writer Adam Sandler repeatedly slapped Rob Schneider in the face with a dehydrated banana, I was jealous of Schneider, who suffered less than I did getting slapped upside the head by this rotting fruit of a comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The ever-excitable Martin Scorsese, who is listed as a producer and who pops up, bizarrely, to talk about how he decided to stage the last shot of "The Departed," concludes things by saying, "Cubism was not a style. It was a revolution!" Yep. And not in any way a fad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stone praises Latin America for turning toward "government of the people" (yet ignores Castro's lack of interest in democracy). But it's no wonder he's in such a sunny mood: We see him grow increasingly giddy while chewing coca leaves with Morales (a coca farmer who wants to make cocaine legal).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A two-hour trailer: explosion, shape-shift, chase, wisecrack, repeat. Its most amazing trick will be how it vanishes from your memory before the seat you vacate has stopped moving.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Almost without exception, the men are either sickening deviants or wise mentors while the ladies tend to be kickboxing hipsters or victims of sexual abuse (many are both).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Step Up 3D is strictly 1D. Tired choreography and moldy hip-hop gestures accompany insipid characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A pretentious Euro-snore that should occasion a fraud prosecution for any marketer who calls it a thriller -- and which stars an actor who seems to wish his name were Jorg Clooné.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Name names, please. Or shut up.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2010 movie that could have been made in 1940.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Never amounts to anything more than a rambling, studenty exercise in undergraduate cinema vérité. Some expressive, arty photography and a mildly satiric attitude toward stage poseurs do little to make the picture bearable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Swedish villains are this dumb, put me on the next plane to Stockholm. Just don't make me watch these idiotic movies on the flight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Let us return to reality (all this happened less than three years ago; do documentarians think we don't read the papers?).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The laziness of this filmmaking (which assumes you know that Gray killed himself in 2004) is of a piece with the emphatically uninteresting tales told by a classic dinner-party bore who once referred to his ramblings as "creative narcissism." He was half-right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    To compete with the quintessence of nullity that is Sofia Coppola's insufferable Somewhere, imagine a film called "Wanna See Me Crack My Knuckles?" or possibly "Let's Learn How Long It Takes This Shallow Dish of Liquid To Evaporate."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 42-minute TV soap has more story than this limp and familiar tale of domestic woe.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A drippy romance that makes Nicholas Sparks look like Leo Tolstoy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Wind power plus solar power equals hot air in the propaganda piece Carbon Nation, a documentary so disconnected from reality it could have been produced by President Obama's speechwriters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    For all of its homicidal aliens and toothy beasts, I Am Number Four did contain one element that genuinely unsettled me: the line "produced by Michael Bay." Nooooooo!
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    With its poky pacing, thin characters, obvious message and predictable plot, the movie amounts to a cinematic sermon that, like many of those given in houses of worship, has a good-hearted message that will be difficult to deliver to a snoozing audience.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I have no idea how to blow up a two-page fairy tale into 100 minutes of blockbuster, but frankly I was hoping for more backstory about the titular cape in Red Riding Hood. Thread count? Machine washability?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie, a sequel to 2009's much more sprightly and amusing indie "Women in Trouble," seems to be reaching for Robert Altman territory. Instead of offering many intriguing stories, though, it can't come up with even one.