For 1,409 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 12.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 56 Up
Lowest review score: 0 September Dawn
Score distribution:
1409 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I was searching for a metaphor to capture the experience of watching The Night Before when a character fell backward into a dumpster full of garbage bags. Thanks, guys!
    • 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.
    • 2 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cheesier than a Kraft Singles truck but half as subtle, Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is an attack on all things Democratic whose many valid points get buried under bluster
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The climate-change documentary Time To Choose makes the disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow” look like a model of judiciousness and restraint.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Plays like an unintentional mashup of “Being There” and “Elf.”
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie left me amazed — amazed that Nicolas Cage wasn’t in it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Far too childish to intrigue adults yet too slow and dull for kids.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s all as pointless as the asthma inhaler with which one character treats his advanced lung cancer.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Halfway through, the jokes stop - the laughs never began - and give way to a tiresome thriller.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the Land of Women is one of those films informed by intimate personal experience - the experience of seeing "Garden State."
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Mostly Unfinished Business is a tale of unfinished jokes.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Whelk, I hope the makers of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs earned a nice celery, but I’m afraid they made a hash of things. A hash seasoned with oy sauce.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Small fry will learn an important lesson taking in the recycled storylines of Ratchet & Clank: Like nearly all recycling, it’s garbage.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The indie road movie Janie Jones is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rolls out stiff clichés to tell a familiar story of racial injustice in the South.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The three friends do things that venture beyond entertainingly dumb and into exasperatingly unbelievable.
    • 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
    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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    How cheap-looking is the modern-day romantic tragedy Private Romeo? Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’ve read ingredients labels that were scarier than The Purge: Anarchy, a plodding horror flick that mistakenly thinks it has big ideas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Remember when Robert De Niro was an interesting actor? These days his talent, like his character in The Family, is in the witness protection program, never to be seen again.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Confessions of a Shopaholic -- a "Devil Wears Prada" for Chico's customers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Step Up 3D is strictly 1D. Tired choreography and moldy hip-hop gestures accompany insipid characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.
    • 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?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cutesy? My pain was acutesy as the entire plot yawned before me.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sorry, but if your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Drifts awkwardly between popcorn entertainment and angsty mood piece.
    • 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."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the ’80s, I hated Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and the Smurfs. It’s comforting to know I got one thing right.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A decent idea for an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," The Do-Deca-Pentathlon falls short as a movie.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A Walmart "Wall Street," the hedge-fund drama Supercapitalist is junk merchandise stamped "made in China."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When Mel Brooks checks in to play Dracula’s dad, harrumphing and looking exactly like Grandpa Munster, you realize Sandler and Co. aren’t trying any harder than they did in “Jack and Jill” or “Pixels.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is not liberal or conservative, either; it's a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole. His documentaries are political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or a fourth Stooge.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Besson provided the story and co-wrote the screenplay for a film directed by McG, who does his usual McGhastly job with action and is McGruesome when it comes to comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This comedy is cringe-inducingly lame and the dramatic turns are visible as far in advance as utility poles on the prairie.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kingsman: The Secret Service borrows the tone, story, characters and humor of “Kick-Ass,” only this time in a 007 world instead of Batman’s. Nearly everything it does, it does poorly: This one is “Weak-Ass.”
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    An Eye for Beauty star Éric Bruneau proves to be a haircut in search of a man, which makes him ideal for this vapid adultery drama that delivers the character depth of your average spread in Architectural Digest.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What If is a case of the cutes the way the Black Death was a case of infectious disease. The movie is saturated with cute, teeming with cute, rancid with cute. I’d endured all a man could fairly be expected to take when I glanced at my watch and realized there were still 95 minutes to go.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even the audience at whom the movie is aimed — the crowd for whom dinner and a movie means meeting up at 3 p.m. — will be bored by the stale funk coming off every scene.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The danger of dreaming up a predictable adventure for a group of nobodies you hold in contempt is that the audience will see your indifference and raise you.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    All I wanted to do was escape from this aggressively ugly world and its equally unattractive characters. It's not that the movie is in bad taste or cheesy (though it is) but that all of its hyperviolence adds up to nothing: This thing is dedd.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The climax is as dull as reading the dictionary of a language you do not speak.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A wan effort at "Annie Hall"-style comedy, has about as much Manhattan sophistication as a gas station in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At its best, the movie is an unbearably precious slice of stale imitation Wes Anderson. But at its worst, it's dull and strangled by its own would-be jaunty deadpan.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Watching Robin Williams as a pastor giving premarital counseling to lovebirds John Krasinski and Mandy Moore in License to Wed is like having a laugh chastity belt cinched up tight around your funny bone.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Draft Day is lumbering and predictable, and its hero general manager is so dumb it should have been called “Dummyball.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    ATM
    Maybe DVDs of "Buried" and ATM will be sold in the same package someday. You could call it a trapped-in-a-box set.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    An indie exercise in macho posturing disguised as a tale of grief, reminds us that losing one’s parents is psychically debilitating. But that’s about as useful as knowing that rain is wet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Hire “Dreamgirls” director Bill Condon to tell the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? Sure, and next let’s hear from Lady Gaga on the Higgs boson particle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Time for another of Steven Soderbergh's "experimental," i.e., half-assed, films.

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