For 1,219 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 Rescue Dawn
Lowest review score: 0 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Score distribution:
1,219 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Director Zack Snyder's cerebral, scintillating follow-up to "300" seems, to even a weary filmgoer's eye, as fresh and magnificent in sound and vision as "2001" must have seemed in 1968, yet in its eagerness to argue with itself, it resembles "A Clockwork Orange."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Ridiculous comedies can be fine, but the ones that matter creep up close to the truth. This one lives in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Dropping by on the same people every seven years like an old friend - or an unwelcome relative - Apted has constructed a peerless, suspenseful work that develops character to a depth that would make Tolstoy jealous. If you have any interest in documentaries, watch the DVD of the first film, "7 Up" (49 Up hits DVD Nov. 14). You won't be able to stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A sublime meditation that is one of this year's wisest, warmest and funniest films.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    What a sweet collision is Rescue Dawn: the American psycho meets the German kook.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Getting a small cohort of humanity dead right is an impressive artistic achievement, but Mike Leigh's beautifully modulated English drama Another Year advances even farther.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It's not a knock on Steven Spielberg to say he is history's finest maker of children's movies. His capacity to evoke simplicity, awe, beauty and unconditional love are his genius, and his vision of the children's story War Horse is a gorgeous, majestic fable about a boy who yearns to be reunited with his steed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Deep, disturbing and funny.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    56 Up is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries, beginning in 1964 with "7 Up."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Twice I have left a Calvary screening feeling dazed and moved.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    That the story has largely gone untold is a shame, and Kennedy (daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy) has done a service to the country in reminding us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Can’t possibly deserve your close attention. Yet it does, with distilled honky-tonk poetry and generous good humor. It’s one of the year’s best, most deeply felt films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The White Ribbon is one of the finest films that ever repelled me, a holiday in the abyss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    An improbable but hilarious combine of losin’-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The highest praise I can give a superhero movie is that it makes me forget about its 10-cent-comic-book soul.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The details are true and funny, played brilliantly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be one of the most absorbing films of the year. Plus it has lots of wiener jokes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    After seeing Everybody's Fine, Paul McCartney offered to write a song that plays over the closing credits. That may be because the whole movie is like a celluloid McCartney tune: warm and playful and sweetly earnest, but lightly funny, too, and crafted with consummate skill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Wrestler offers something to pretty much everyone in the audience. Much like "The Sopranos," it creates a world that might make you feel utterly at home or exhilarated by strange horrors. Maybe both.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Dizzy with celebrity, New York society and gay life (if all that isn't the same thing), Infamous is more fun. But "Capote" is a better movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Coppola works in weird ways, but the real Versailles was so much weirder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Actors tell us that dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedies about dying are hardest of all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Mighty entertainment that makes you feel sorry for the saps next door in the multiplex.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie all but proclaims U2 the world's best rock band. Somewhere, Mick Jagger's jaws are grinding.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There is too much funny here for a movie (even though it continues into the closing credits). Step Brothers should be a TV show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The slacker comedy-drama-romance-whatever Gigantic will fulfill all your alterna-movie weirdness requirements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A brutally funny deconstruction, a hybrid of “Watchmen” and “Superbad” filtered through John Woo. It’s a boisterously original piece of entertainment . . . that isn’t for everyone. Note the rating, which should be triple-R, as in Really, Remarkably R.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Lymelife, set amid marital decay and teen frustration, isn't quite the "American Beauty" of the 516 area code, but it'll do.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Few documentaries have covered such an important matter so convincingly and with such clarity. When it comes to public education, we are all New Jerseyans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie could -- should -- be a symphony, and it frequently makes excellent use of spare classical music. When Brosnan pipes up, he is as welcome as a car alarm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's strange enough to be raised by your aunt. For young John Lennon, things get stranger still when he finds himself dating his mother.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A small but shattering film that marks its writer-director, Derek Cianfrance, as an artist of real depth, observes relationship dynamics at a molecular level, welling with as much understanding as Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    As a former president of the United States remarked, "Childrens do learn," and what they learn in the heartbreaking yet thrillingly hopeful documentary Waiting for 'Superman' is that adults are finally starting to notice how badly kids have been betrayed by teachers unions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Cool It -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    For boldness of execution as well as vision, The Red Chapel stands out as a singular, important comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A deeply felt evocation of a place and a people by writer-director Matt Porterfield, who set this largely improvised film in his own lower-class Baltimore neighborhood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Adding goofy uncertainty to shoulders as wide as the East River makes for a disarming hero in one of the spiffiest WWII action yarns ever to march out of Hollywood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This is all as pure and sunny as lemonade.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    I still can't believe I Melt With You went there. Over the top, off the hook and just plain bonkers, it makes its mark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Thanks to his (Oldman) mastery, and Alfredson's, no film this year left me hungrier for a sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This movie doesn't get huffy, it gets laughs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Everything Must Go is cinematic pointilism. The big picture is familiar -- busted middle-age man, suburban alcoholic despair -- yet the details are so finely rendered that the overall impression is potently strange.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie I've seen in more than a year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Gorgeous set pieces thrill the senses, but there is philosophical inquiry as well. "Alien" was, after all, just "Jaws" in space, but Prometheus ponders where evil comes from and how it conquers its makers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Ted
    The surprise of Ted is that it goes for honest Spielbergian wonder, too, and even earns some tears.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2009 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This small movie carries great allegorical weight as it echoes the Manson Family, the long list of failed utopian communes that culminated in Bolshevism and the one-child policy that in China has prevented the births of untold numbers of girls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Sincerely directed by one woman (Phyllida Lloyd, who did "Mamma Mia!") and smartly written by another (Abi Morgan), the film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in Into the Abyss, and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Bouncy vocal rearrangements of pop songs, sparkling choreography and a hilarious script make for a movie that's made to be obsessed over, seen 50 times, quoted as devoutly as such sacred texts as "Heathers" and "Bring It On."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    For two hours of breathless drama, you forget you’re watching actors grunting like chimps and hope two rival civilizations can work together.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Picture Graham Greene crossed with James Bond, with a splash of Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll start to imagine the nervy talents of Mads Brügger, the fearless Danish filmmaker who has for a second time come up with a stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A dizzying lowlife saga that’s fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic. It’s as unpredictable as a Lindsay Lohan drive to the grocery store, as overstuffed as the pictures on Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed and as hilarious as me on the bench press.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Don't let the quiet, indie stylings of The Place Beyond the Pines fool you. This is a big movie with a lot on its mind. Slowly, it unfolds into a kind of epic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A fantastically entertaining biography.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    McAleer is an expert practitioner of cinematic jujitsu.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This exhilarating brain-twister is a nonstop visual, aural and intellectual delight, steeped in movie conventions and yet fizzing with freshness. It’s what happens when film noir goes out to a rave.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    In other words, this punkish, sleek film about beautiful kids wallowing in purloined Prada could have been written by a grumpy 65-year-old white guy in gabardine, provided he had a sense of irony. The Bling Ring is the bridge between Coppola and Bill O’Reilly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Blue Caprice takes a minimalist, documentary-style approach that proves harrowingly effective.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Like the paintings of the master, Renoir is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    I laughed more at Seth MacFarlane’s sendup of ’60s Westerns than I did at all the other comedies I’ve seen this year, combined.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There’s an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    As for Hoffman, the shambling Everyman naturalism he shows here gives God’s Pocket an added elegiac layer that makes its bitter ironies that much more painful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Frustrating, at times agonizing, the film is nonetheless dappled with a sad beauty. It’s one of the best documentaries of the year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A good documentary uses judicious editing to make an important addition to your knowledge of a subject, and Mitt does so in a big way.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As for Grant, who hasn't been this sharp since "Love Actually" six years ago, he is once again the prime minister of cute comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Young Victoria achieves a fine balance. I guess that's what you get when a film is produced by both Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Among cheesy sci-fi movies meant to make you think, I'll take Surrogates over "District 9." Both are highly derivative, but in the course of recombining the basic chromosomes of "Blade Runner," "The Matrix" and especially "I, Robot," Surrogates nudges the robo-thriller in an interesting direction.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Zombieland is still the funniest broad comedy since "The Hangover." Its yowling, marching, munching corpses are as scary as grad students and as hilarious as the plot of "G.I. Joe."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Raunchy frat comedies are as hard to pull off as any other kind because they have to keep surprising the audience, and The Hangover does with a bizarre series of uproarious situations with explanations that just about stay within the bounds of plausibility.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    White trash meets white collar in Extract, Mike Judge's workplace comedy -- which contains more reality than the last five documentaries I've seen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Hunger is almost silent, most of its sounds being unintelligible moans and screams.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    "HP6" is suspenseful and artfully realized. It's a definite improvement over J.K. Rowling's dimly written and exposition-clogged book.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Role Models isn't a classic like "Superbad" or as hilarious as this summer's "Step Brothers," but it's excellent fun for males in the mental age bracket of 14 to 22, which is most males.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Eva Green...Gaspingly beautiful, wouldn't you say?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For its wicked innocence, this is the finest rock movie since "Almost Famous."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Those expecting an exhilarating, "Pulp Fiction"-style wrap-up will also be disappointed. Instead, Flowers gives us the impression - as the end of "Traffic" did - that we've just taken a few turns on a merry-go-round of doom that is going to keep spinning long after the movie ends.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How this thing got made in Hollywood is a mystery, but I laughed at most of it, especially the mean stereotypes about the French and the even meaner stereotype about England's soccer team.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There's a pleasing tension in the air as their relationship comes to seem like something of a contest: With two women this needy, who will out-crazy the other?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A viral blast of the American Dream. It's "Rocky" with a briefcase.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Better than decent. But if Stallone (who wrote and directed the flick) had pulled a few punches to the heart, it could have been truly worthy of that first, glorious movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's an underdog story with teeth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The doggedness and good will of these men are irresistible as they pick up on the American dream, finding work and even college educations while trying to locate their missing relatives back home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So why does the Democratic Party hate him so much? The answer, as this valuable (if blatantly pro-Nader) documentary makes clear, is hypocrisy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.

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