For 1,262 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 11.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Mirror Mirror
Score distribution:
1,262 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long. If they're going to put this artifact in theaters, they'd better charge 1973 grindhouse prices: a dollar a ticket.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Love Guru is even funnier than "Wayne's World" or "Austin Powers." Not.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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?).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    None of Dunham's humor comes across, except when someone says, "And when you speak, your words are snakes I swat at with swords," which is hilarious, but not intentionally.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    360
    A sort of "Babel" of bonking, 360 gives us much in the way of international anguish, frustrated coupling and longing stares, but there's very little plausibility or genuine emotion in its egregiously contrived story of ardor gone amiss.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Recalling the lesson about bringing a knife to a gun fight, a British documentary filmmaker brings a spoon to a hatchet job in the film Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Brutally banal chitchat about life and love ensues.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie (Untitled) is a tinny satire destined to go "(Unwatched)" because it is "(Uninteresting)."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hopes to be the start of a new franchise for tweens and Twihards, but the twuth is this twash is anything but a twiumph.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The good news about I Don't Know How She Does It is that it's so bad that it's another ovary-punch to the formula chick flick. Bring on more films like "Bridesmaids."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A low-watt, low-wit comedy.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Corny action scenes and borderline-hilarious direction by Isaac Florentine mark the film as an obvious straight-to-video item that somehow took a wrong turn into a movie theater.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie falls into all the usual rhetorical traps.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Just because two people are miserable doesn’t mean they’re interesting.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Guardians of the Galaxy brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are “Howard the Duck” and “Green Lantern.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This is essentially a student film offering nothing but absurdly contrived coincidence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Bears all the signs of having been composed by an inferior race of alien screenwriters from the Hackulon System.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Jane's Journey is an exceedingly graceful and dignified sleep aid.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is essentially a theater piece in which Nolan (Walker) is mostly alone on screen, making use of what he finds a la John McClane, but without the smart pacing or inventiveness of “Die Hard.”
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This film is narratively inert (we spend a lot of time listening to the same questions being asked over and over) and, like virtually all docs in its genre, less than vigorous in its pursuit of truth.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Lorax is awful, like chronic disease.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This genre flat-lined a long time ago. Why won't it stay dead?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Really it's just a trashy bid to be the "Scarface" of Mesopotamia.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Name names, please. Or shut up.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There was a time when the climate-change alarmist movement was like a guy with a megaphone at your ear, but now it’s more like a squirrel at your shoelaces.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though nothing much happens, all of the actors get to do lots of teary close-ups.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Few kinds of art are more boring than the insistently transgressive, and few movies are more boring than Humpday.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    As usual, Hartnett exhibits the acting ability of linoleum; his performance would not be measurably changed if he lapsed into a coma halfway through. Only an amusing cameo by David Bowie enlivens things, but he's onscreen for just about two minutes at the end.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    There isn't enough plot in this amateurish mope-athon to fill up a half-hour TV show.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The bad movie in my head was far better than the one on-screen, which offers no twists at all. A twist? There isn't even a curl or a bend.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedy that locks up Will Arnett's talent and throws away the key.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    As for the script, a wittier director would have spotted the absurd elements and delivered a horror-comedy instead of a straight-faced bore.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A slow ride to nowhere.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Not like a lump of coal in your stocking. Coal is useful; you can burn it. This movie is more like a lump of something Blitzen left behind after eating a lot of Mexican food.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Chlamydia, gonorrhea and Jason Sudeikis are three reasons to stay well clear of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, but they're not the only ones.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    You know you're in trouble when you're suffering a comedy shutout and the pinch-hitters you send in are Kidman and Dave Matthews.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Ice Cube's well-worn performance as a wise old geezer is the only bright spot in a movie that otherwise fumbles every opportunity to be funny, exciting or insightful.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A sci-fi actioner with the production values of your average porno, Alien Outpost spews clichés like a machine gun set on maximum triteness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The chick comedy-drama Catch and Release may look bland, but it's not. It's worse. To rise to the level of blandness, it would need to have a few gallons of Tabasco dumped into it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    At the end, as Shadyac proclaims, "I stopped flying privately" (well, hurrah for you, Mahatma), renounces his Pasadena mansion and moves into a trailer park, the results of his epiphany grow funnier than any of his movies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If anything is frightening here, it's the scenes of the small children being indoctrinated into an organic lifestyle and being made to sing, at least three times, a song about the evils supposedly lurking in the environment around them.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The ludicrous action thriller Beyond the Reach fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency of “No Country for Old Men,” but there’s no denying it brings to mind another Southwestern classic about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Watching I'm Reed Fish is like being forced to read the diary of a dull-witted teen who is breathlessly beginning a lifelong fascination with himself.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    For a movie that so strenuously rips off “Ghostbusters” and “Men in Black,” R.I.P.D. manages to come up with fresh new ways of being absolutely terrible.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Just because your comedy is dumb doesn’t mean it’s funny.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This spoof of "The Da Vinci Code," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Harry Potter," "The Chronicles of Narnia" and other recent blockbusters piles up sex gags, toilet gags and make-you-gag gags.
    • New York Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    I can't remember ever seeing such a spectacular implosion of a squad of all-stars as Rise of the Guardians. Well, not since Yankee Stadium in October.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Martin Short as Jack Frost, means we're getting a turkey and a ham for the holidays. As for Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary guy who took over Santa's job by chance, he's more like a tasteless lump of mashed potatoes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Paul Haggis’ Third Person has nothing to say and spends 2 ¹/₂ hours not saying it. Its combination of pretentiousness, vanity and vapidity suggests Alain Resnais directing a triple episode of “Guiding Light.”
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Little Fockers may not be the worst, most vulgar, most pathetic and least funny picture of the year. But it's a strong contender for second place behind the picture Brett Favre allegedly sent over his cellphone.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    There's a reason you've never seen the words "Will Forte" topping the billing of a major motion picture. After the throbbing flameball of unfunny that is MacGruber, you never will again.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A dumbass "Kick-Ass," the superhero comedy Griff the Invisible sits on the screen like a steaming lump of Kryptonite.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If I wanted to spend $10.75 making myself sick, I'd buy a bottle of cheap tequila.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    WARNING: Do not take your mom to Georgia Rule unless she's Roseanne Barr. You may expect a three-generational chick flick, but what you get is a child-rape comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Calls to mind Grandpa taking out his dentures and trying to put on a comedy monster show for little kids at Halloween: When he tries to be scary, he's goofy, but when he tries to be goofy, he's scary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This kids' cartoon from France is such a surreally demented attempt to connect with children that it's the equivalent of foie gras breakfast cereal or a bleu cheese milkshake.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The good news is that The Hangover Part III isn't a rerun like the second episode. The bad news is everything else. For all the promise of mayhem and WTF moments, the final episode hits you with all the force of a warm can of O'Doul's.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Luc Besson keeps ralphing up scripts about beautiful lady killers, but that doesn't mean you have to keep seeing them. Case in point: Colombiana...[a] dull cable-TV-quality item.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A buddy comedy that reeks like stale underpants.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    For a horny-road-trip flick that's actually funny, check out last year's "Sex Drive," which just came out on video.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    88 Minutes holds you in a state of acute suspense, keeping you wondering until the very last minute whether this is the worst Al Pacino movie ever made.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A grubby cut-price sci-fi thriller.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Struggling for the same vibe as male-bonding comedies like “Diner,” Growing Up & Other Lies instead feels like a really long beer commercial, except beer commercials usually contain at least one witty idea.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    89 minutes go by like 89 hours. Not just 89 regular hours either: 89 hours of being stuck in an airport. During a blizzard. While Lewis Black sleeps drooling on your shoulder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Cage and director Joel Schumacher, who has fallen so far from the A-list that he provokes a demand for new letters of the alphabet after Z, have each found their cinematic soulmates.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This spring, boredom has a new name: Lucky You. In the poker flick, an announcer calling a climactic poker match uses a Texas hold 'em term frequently, saying, "And the flop. And the flop. And the flop." This movie reviews itself.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The laughs begin with the excellent title Hamlet 2 - and they end there.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Isn't quite insipid, although if it were a little better, it could be.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This one resembles a James Bond film about as much as Belgrade resembles London.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This film is headed quickly for DVD. In the video store, though, it isn't funny enough to be shelved in the comedy section nor dirty enough to be filed with the smut. It might be useful in propping up a wobbly chair, though.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Someday, The Bounty Hunter and last month’s “Cop Out” will be featured in a cable movie double bill as the two worst 1988 films of 2010.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedy for no ages, has an amazing amount of CGI - Cuba Gooding Incompetence.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    It's something old, it's something new, it's something borrowed and it's something that blows.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This movie -- G.I. Joke, The D-Team -- tries to do so little, and yet falls so short. A clue comes when the girl asks Clay, "How's your steak?" and he replies, "Meaty." Simple enough to achieve in theory, but this would-be treat for cinematic carnivores is a sawdust sandwich.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Besson co-wrote and produced this cheesy mash-up of elements from James Bond and "Battlestar Galactica."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The writer-director of Dying of the Light is Paul Schrader, screenwriter of “Raging Bull.” The star is Nicolas Cage — Raging Tool.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If someone ran this guy through a scanner, the readout would say: “Mark down and stock in straight-to-video aisle."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Thin yet excruciating, the film is a quintessential vanity production. The script feels like a first draft that aspired merely to mediocrity and fell well short.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Put it this way: Jimmy Carter was funnier than this movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Ho-ho-huh? Arthur Christmas is an animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package. Maybe they should have called it "UPS Man: The Movie."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Depravity and addiction can be dramatic and fascinating, or they can be as they are in this week's indie filthathon Cook County.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Formerly a maker of bad, but at least angry, movies, Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out the rookie mistakes from Red Hook Summer, and there'd be nothing left.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Parents should take their children to Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil, if only because kids are never too young to learn the important and liberating skill of walking out of a movie and demanding a refund.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Formerly a real American hero, G.I. Joe is no longer a hero (it's a group) or American. (It's a multinational team of military superstars, though the way it does business, you'd feel safer with the Croatian navy on your side.)
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The mystery is why the filmmakers thought third-graders or anyone else would be willing to pay for this master class in tedium.

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