For 1,243 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 Last Days in Vietnam
Lowest review score: 0 State of Play
Score distribution:
1,243 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s unspeakably depressing to see Anna Paquin playing the mom (of a teenager!), but the pointlessness and mediocrity of the Paquin-produced Free Ride is even more depressing.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, The Truth About Emanuel mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dismal rom-com for dudes that makes the average beer commercial look nuanced and plot-heavy.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Your average episode of “Days of Our Lives” is less soapy (and performed with more restraint).
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A young Jack Nicholson might have pulled this off, but Jason Bateman is not Jack Nicholson. Pity the actor who thinks he’s edgier than he actually is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dystopia’s supposed to be worse than what’s in the papers, fellas. Try to keep up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The Lord works in mysterious ways but Persecuted works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The three friends do things that venture beyond entertainingly dumb and into exasperatingly unbelievable.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A searing, penetrating look inside schizophrenia is exactly what Enter the Dangerous Mind isn’t.
    • 59 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.”
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Within five minutes you’ll guess why John Cusack, not overly encumbered with big film roles these days, didn’t return for the sequel: The script is monotonous, meandering and witless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Preposterous, slipshod, unfunny and emotionally null.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The only thing that's shocking about Death of a President is how boring it is.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedy that locks up Will Arnett's talent and throws away the key.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If I wanted to spend $10.75 making myself sick, I'd buy a bottle of cheap tequila.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Screamers, one of the most bizarre documentaries you'll ever not see.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedy for no ages, has an amazing amount of CGI - Cuba Gooding Incompetence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedic sinkhole, a dramatic tundra.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Good Luck Chuck, a fungal little sex comedy, doesn't need a review. It needs a tube of ointment and a shot of penicillin.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Shoot ’em up, run ’em over, blast ’em with flame-throwers, who cares? These creatures are only there to go splat.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    At 96 minutes, this vanity/insanity project runs a bit long; five minutes would have been plenty.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    It's something old, it's something new, it's something borrowed and it's something that blows.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This adventurously awful film is awful in many ways at once.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    I went in expecting to be disappointed, but even so, I was disappointed.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A slow ride to nowhere.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The laughs begin with the excellent title Hamlet 2 - and they end there.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The movie boasts five Oscar winners. That figure exceeds by five the number of times I laughed at this cheap collection of icky jokes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it "Paycheck."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A grubby cut-price sci-fi thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Love Happens is a weepie about the grieving process, mainly my own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Not just a shabby "Wall Street" knockoff clogged with dull, jargon-spewing trading-desk scenes that fail to advance the plot in any way. It's also a nondescript "Sex and the City" retread.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    When I'm Still Here reached its climactic moment -- Joaquin Phoenix puking into a toilet -- I had never before felt quite so much like a toilet.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Oh, and one more thing the comedy of Jackass 3D has in common with "The Divine Comedy": Neither of them is funny.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    There isn't enough plot in this amateurish mope-athon to fill up a half-hour TV show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Isn't quite insipid, although if it were a little better, it could be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Rookie director Sean Kirkpatrick keeps stomping on the drama pedal while blowing the cliché horn, yielding scene after tired scene of predictable developments as the principals keep shoving guns into mouths and screaming obscenities.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Coincidence and contrivance are the name of the game throughout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A thoroughly amateurish effort at capturing clued-in and smartass teens.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don't torture you by forcing you to watch it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Contraband aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Romantic comedies are often as contrived and irritating as Loosies, but few feature a lead character so lacking in appeal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Besson co-wrote and produced this cheesy mash-up of elements from James Bond and "Battlestar Galactica."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A would-be piece of pulp fiction about a parolee trying to go straight, The Samaritan proves that even Samuel L. Jackson can be boring.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The nicest thing I can think of to say about the doc Neil Young Journeys is that at least it isn't in 3-D.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A sleazy and pointless film about sleazy and pointless people, Killer Joe reminds us that what Quentin Tarantino does isn't easy.

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