For 1,277 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 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 0 The Salon
Score distribution:
1,277 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Shot through with ’60s London energy, illuminating on several fronts and featuring bits of many great Who tracks, the film is nevertheless a mess that should be taught in film schools to illustrate how not to edit a documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2010 movie that could have been made in 1940.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dull yet contrived drama.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The transformation of the girls from winsome wisecrackers into whiny bling-obsessed chuckleheads is complete.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At least there is a happy ending — DeChristopher, for wasting the government’s resources, properly served 21 months in federal prison. Now, he has moved on to Harvard Divinity School, where his sanctimony will serve him well.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I'll grant that the film has many layers. All of them are terrible.
    • 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."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Vanessa Redgrave spends Evening dying, and so does Evening.
    • 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."
    • 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."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie takes us on a journey to an ugly, contentious period in our misty, ancient past - all the way back to four months ago, when "Apocalypto" came out.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming, Kite never gets off the ground.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie, directed by the formerly promising Rawson Marshall Thurber (the hilarious “Dodgeball” and the awful “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”), thinks it’s subverting the conventions of the sitcom with a revolutionary new idea, which is: Do everything exactly the way a sitcom would, plus lots of swearing and dirty jokes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie isn't insulting to homosexuals but to comedy.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Say hello to my leetle dagger! Shakespeare meets "Scarface" in an Aussie adaptation of "Macbeth" gone gangsta.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    They’ve been around so long that they’re now the Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles, and their ’80s vibe — cowabunga, dude! — is so strong that I kept expecting a cameo by Huey Lewis or Max Headroom.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’d like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he’s equally terrible when he’s only on the soundtrack. And yet Cage is the least of the problems with The Croods.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 42-minute TV soap has more story than this limp and familiar tale of domestic woe.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Painful, misshapen and a little gross. It's an enlarged prostate of a movie.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Larry the Cable Guy channels both Moe and Curly in the Three Stooges-go-to-war comedy Delta Farce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The real mystery is this: Even if you find this guerrilla art project utterly fascinating, why would anyone bother to release an incomplete film about it?
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A searing, penetrating look inside schizophrenia is exactly what Enter the Dangerous Mind isn’t.
    • 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?
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This is a horror movie that’s really a supposed comedy; she’s (Lohan) a supposed comedy actress who’s actually scary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as seriousness, and clichés presented as hard truths.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Ride Along tries to be a comic version of “Training Day,” only there’s nothing in it as funny as Denzel razzing Ethan. There’s nothing much funny in it at all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though darker elements loom in the shadows, nothing in this painfully sincere film is remotely affecting; just think of it as “My So-Called Strife.”
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie's last words are "This is how legends are born." Make that stillborn, because when the makers of this one pitch the sequel, the only answer is going to be, "Ah HA HA HA!"
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Your average episode of “Days of Our Lives” is less soapy (and performed with more restraint).
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When they came in to pitch A Thousand Words, no doubt by calling it "Jerry Maguire" meets "Groundhog Day," a studio exec should have raised the palm of rejection and said, "When you stop being sadly derivative and write an original idea that's as good as those two, come back."
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A contrived comedy that could have made an especially weak episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dystopia’s supposed to be worse than what’s in the papers, fellas. Try to keep up.
    • 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).
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Lord works in mysterious ways but Persecuted works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A depressing and tedious movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Tired? This series is as exhausted as Shrek after a day of baby wrangling and diaper changing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Nesting is a sitcom, but a really slow and dull one that barely grinds out 22 minutes' worth of plot to fill a 90-minute hole.
    • 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?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A weird mash-up of disaster, horror and dystopia genre pictures, Aftershock fails to make the Earth move.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even for a mumblecore film, Computer Chess is weak stuff, a punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
    • 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."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The terrorism thriller Java Heat sure is violent. I don’t even want to tell you how viciously Mickey Rourke mangles the French accent he’s trying to do.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This infomercial for Helnwein's work as designer for an Israeli opera called "The Child Dreams" doesn't tell us a lot about how opera comes together, but it is accidentally revealing about its subject.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There may be a lot left to say about Hurricane Katrina, but if so, I'm Carolyn Parker doesn't say it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The script is blaring and obvious at all times, and in his second directorial effort, David Schwimmer doesn't have a clue how dull it is for the audience to endure scene after scene of anguish, crying and screaming matches
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a cramped and frenetic 82 minutes, the movie feels long. That’s what happens when the audience can guess everything that’s going to happen in advance.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In Vehicle 19, Paul Walker is back behind the wheel again, but this time it’s a rented minivan and the plot is brainless even for a Paul Walker movie. Get ready for “The Slow and the Spurious.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A pointless drama that trafficks in cliché.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When the legend of Elvis is reimagined as a mushy Christian heartwarmer in The Identical, it’s as if “Boogie Nights” is playing in the background while we hear about the life story of Edna, Dirk Diggler’s nice librarian cousin from Idaho.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stakes aren't the only problem with this sloppy thriller, which combines careening images with turgid storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There’s nothing wrong with being a brainless B-movie, but this one is funless and lackluster, a grinding mess of pulp clichés with dull characters, perfunctory violence and dim plotting.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Biehn has appeared in dozens of B-movies and evidently had no greater ambition than to come up with a grindhouse movie full of sex, gore and cheap thrills, but there is far too little of any of these to maintain interest in a straight-on story that reserves its only surprise for the final 30 seconds.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At last: Uwe Boll has made his first intentionally funny film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A supernatural horror-comedy that's frighteningly lacking in wit, John Dies at the End thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The only part of this movie anyone's ever going to remember is the pair of scenes in which Ghost Rider pees flame.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I think I’d rather have the waterboarding than the movie’s bromides about how we’re all victims and hate must end.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a supposed celebration, the well-bred and well-off aren't really happy at all. So the title is ironic. Thanks for that profound insight.
    • 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?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What's Spanglish for "oy"?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This boring, torpid movie notices its own flaws and unwisely underlines them.
    • 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?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Among gay Jewish French postman movies, Let My People Go! may be a Hall of Fame entry, but alas, by any other standard this would-be sex comedy is a dismal failure.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Barrymore is still cute, and she and Sandler at least seem to like each other as they get on with the grim business of rom-com contrivance.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Clive Owen stumbles around the scenery doing unfortunate drunken-writer shtick in Words and Pictures, a formula movie whose script is yet more unfortunate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Neil Jordan’s Byzantium dares to rework “Twilight” with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At first glance, Grassroots doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance. Your fifth glance will be at your watch, and at sixth glance your eyelids will be getting very, very heavy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This pointless study of a witless character is a sad waste of Law’s talents. The more zestily he delivers Dom’s profane tirades, the more you wish Shepard gave us a reason to care about this lout.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dull and dreary prequel.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Del Toro overdoes the anguish to the point of looking like he’s playing advanced constipation, and the film, by France’s Arnaud Desplechin, gets stuck in an endless series of therapy scenes built around cheesy re-enactments of Jimmy P’s dreams.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    They go on a biker trip from Cincinnati to the West Coast because they are tired of being bored and would prefer to bore us instead.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It seems more likely that a dumb movie will lead only to a time-wasting surge in applications from dummies. Maybe The Internship was secretly funded by Bing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kill the Messenger tries to be the “JFK” of crack, but offers only shrill self-righteousness to answer the crazed energy of Oliver Stone’s masterpiece of deceit.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Miral.
    • 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.

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