For 1,267 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:
1,267 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I didn't buy how The Next Three Days plays out - but I almost bought it, and that's good enough for a thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones "documentary" (i.e. concert film) is a first: the only Scorsese film that does not feature the Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Really. I think the Dalai Lama even hummed the guitar solo in "Kundun."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like "Once," this film is a tender little piece of heartbreak.
    • 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.
    • 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
    There are several adorable musical numbers that make excellent use of Adams. Segel's dancing is . . . well, he reminded me of a huge star: Big Bird.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An eyeball party. The score by Daft Punk, which veers from homages to Hans Zimmer's thundery work in "The Dark Knight" to a retro-'80s synth sound, surpasses magnificence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A hilarious Parker Posey provides her customary blast of brittle energy in Price Check, an engaging corporate comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Fightville, you had me at "gladiator school."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is so heavily weighted toward the Simmons character that no one else really gets to breathe. And though McBride's shtick is brilliant - he could get rich by playing variations on this character for the next few years, and probably will.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Despite its excesses, Savage" is never unintentionally funny, just gritty and mean. The run time is more than two hours, yet it's also tight: no drag, no waste, no message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Illustrating the many ways nuclear weapons could kill you makes Countdown to Zero one of the most frightening documentaries you'll ever see, or endure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Rush, though it will win no trophies, is fine filmmaking, a smart, visually engorged, frequently thrilling tale of boyish competition — inspired by a true story. At heart it’s “Amadeus” on wheels, only this time Salieri is the Austrian.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Somm does a fairly impressive job of making wine tasting somewhat cinematic despite its being essentially unfilmable, at least until taste-o-vision comes along.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This isn't Mamet at his finest, though, which leaves us with a script that is merely three times as smart as the average feature.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nutty? Maybe. But a pungent blast of the cinema du bonkers is just what this summer's multiplexes need after weeks of bromide-stuffed retreads that are as smug about their lack of originality as packs of teen girls who dress exactly alike. Mock Jonah Hex if you must, but you can't say you've seen a lot of other supernatural Westerns lately.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero. The actor's habit of maintaining a lavishly styled coiffure in all situations, even when his character is meant to be sleeping in the rain for days on end, is becoming distracting, though.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An affecting and beautifully realized documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The loose feel and sense for random comedy (as when a bore suddenly starts lecturing Coogan about the geological details of the cliff he is standing on) are spiffy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The oddly compelling documentary Moving Midway is an engineering tale combined with a family history and a ghost story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Forsaken in a cruel wilderness, a man looks to God and pleads for help. Receiving no answer, he says, "F- -k, I'll do it myself."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    France's Declaration of War has it all: comedy, romance, fantasy, musical interludes and a child with a brain tumor. Wait - what?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A scary, inventive, exciting and breathless adventure that combines the best elements of “Children of Men," “Escape from New York" and “The Road Warrior," but leaves out the worst stuff - such as the story-clogging despair and political allegory in “Children," a movie that made apocalypse look like kind of a downer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is as tender and endearing as a lamb, a lamb at rest in a fragrant atmosphere. It’s a film that has a determined, unironic respect for things past. It’s as if millennial hipsterism, with its feigned fascination for all things retro, took a surprising further step: actual respect for learning, for experience, for wisdom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director Jon S. Baird has devilish fun with the hilarious black-comic elements of Irvine Welsh’s novel, but the incessant bad behavior does get a wee bit monotonous, and the twist ending is disappointingly pat.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like its star, the movie is too short and a little thin but just about perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Mesmerizing, eerie and unpredictably weird.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Maher's sense of humor deserts him in the end, though, when in an apocalyptic montage of fire and hate (bin Laden, Pat Robertson), he suggests all religions are equally bent on destruction of the Earth. It's fatuous to suggest that the Iraq war was launched because of religion or that belief in the Book of Revelation is the same as organizing terrorist attacks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Takes a bit of "Swingers" and a bit of "Manhattan" to create a slacktacular vision of uncertain youth in today's L.A.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be formulaic and broad but also skillfully paced and big-hearted, with a sharp cast of comics that makes the most of a sunny script.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A wicked little horror film in which nearly all of the violence takes place in your head, In Fear expertly builds terror out of not much more than two people driving around in a car.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An open- and-shut case, but that doesn't mean it can't also be an entertaining one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a Canadian "Six Feet Under," the indie dramedy Whole New Thing mixes characters (teen and adult, gay and straight, married and single) who seem both completely plausible and capable of anything.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Pity the crowds expecting another cute comedy like "Date Night" who wind up at Crazy, Stupid, Love. It'll be like asking for a burger and getting served escargot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, though, make the film emotionally rich.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Imagine "Clerks" director Kevin Smith with a background in poetry and painting instead of comic books and bestiality jokes, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from an exciting new filmmaker named Sean Ellis, whose terrific debut is called Cashback.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In the compelling but slow-moving Iranian film A Separation, a downbeat family drama of no particular distinction gradually turns into a mystery that raises painful moral questions. There may be several guilty parties.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's mainly about a supremely annoying French-born LA clothier who became a hugely successful artist without pausing to consider his utter lack of originality or talent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In their refusal to be up-to-the-moment, the Narnia movies are bound to age beautifully, perhaps much more so than the two Shrek films Adamson directed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Bloody horror flicks need not be anemic when it comes to intelligence. The victims of You’re Next, as well as their slaughterers, are reasonably smart and resourceful. Their clash may not be as nasty as the battles of academia, but there’s a lot more common sense involved.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Yousef’s story, which he retells in the documentary The Green Prince, is one of unimaginable courage and moral awakening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film, like the man, is never boring.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In a captivating climax, the movie turns attractively freaky, though somewhat marred by cheesy special effects, and there’s a huge debt to the immense leaps of “2001.” An abrupt ending feels frustrating and leaves questions floating in space. Then again, I’m using only 3 to 5 percent of my capacity, so what do I know?
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is shaky as a procedural, and the level of official corruption seems more Moscow than Melbourne. Yet as a fable of power, vengeance and betrayal it exerts a quiet, increasingly wicked pull, equivalent to that of the wrinkly but ruthless grandma.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sharp little psychological thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Director Griffin Dunne's adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's fiercely personal novel ambles pleasantly through coming-of-age movie territory, then takes a jarring Agatha Christie detour.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Revenge is a dish best served with bullets, high explosives and giant rolling flameballs. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond orders the revenge buffet, deluxe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Gives a taste of what it might be like to live inside Mike Tyson's mind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is an entertaining stroll through a colorful gallery of characters including, in villain mode, former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving. "She knows nothing. I am an expert," huffs Hoving, who is so nasty he might as well be wearing a monocle - making Horton that much more fun to root for.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The cheesehead noir Thin Ice presents Greg Kinnear in a role that's almost too easy for him: He's a morally flexible Wisconsin insurance salesman for whom honesty is the least-likely policy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Touching and unexpectedly funny moments (such as McCartney busting out the theme song from “The Monkees”) mingle with highlights from the show for an unusually compelling keepsake from what might well be the last time many of these ’60s rockers perform together.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's smart, funny, agreeably perverse and simultaneously abrupt and exhausting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film could have been improved if it had been less aggressively limp. But the post-adolescent, pre-adult moodiness is spot on: Everyone's favorite author is a bitter recluse, and the soundtrack heaves with the suicide sounds of Joy Division. Trier's intent is to reproduce a sweet, hazy vision of the agony of youth. Ever so elliptically, he succeeds.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director Antonio Campos, making excellent use of the queasy rhythms of a percussive musical score, keeps piling up the dread as we wonder just how dangerous Simon can be to the women who keep taking pity on him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Eva Green...Gaspingly beautiful, wouldn't you say?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Jason Statham, possibly the greatest B-movie leading man of this era, stars in a complicated and clever imagining of what might have happened in the mysterious 1971 London bank heist dubbed the "Walkie-Talkie Robbery" - in other words, it was unbelievably high-tech.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nature films don’t come any more spectacular than the BBC’s One Life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Avengers is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. What it expertly is, is whelming.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sickening horror parable disguised as a comedy of mores, the Netherlands’ Borgman is a rarity: a genuinely shocking, upsetting movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I wouldn't want to see five movies like this one each week but it's a cheeky, madcap joyride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For its wicked innocence, this is the finest rock movie since "Almost Famous."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A working-class hero of a film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A mashup of Nick Hornby and Martin Scorsese? Why not?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In the most thrilling sequence of this consistently rousing old-school adventure, Heyerdahl grabs a passing shark with his bare hands, thrusts a hook into it, drags it aboard and guts it with a knife. Now that’s what I call entertainment. I haven’t seen such crazed brutality since Lou Lumenick’s review of “Movie 43.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a lesser Python entry ("The Meaning of Life"?), it's alternately brilliant and frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Django Unchained might have been a revelation in 2005. But after Quentin Tarantino and others have spent years spoofing '60s and '70s genre movies, this mock spaghetti Western tastes like it came out of the microwave.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Thick-necked, booze-loving and angry men beat each other with their naked fists: so far, so Irish. But the feuding clans in the documentary Knuckle actually think their habits of antagonizing one another can be fixed by just one more problem-solving brawl.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Fans of deadpan comic fantasy writers like Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut are likely to be intrigued by this lively little packet of weird -- then dive like a dolphin into Keret's loopy story volumes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Essentially amounts to an extended interview with a psycho, fleshed out with background material that, while suitably shocking, is not always illuminating or even frank. The film is curiously shy about calling Varg what he is: a Nazi.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Cruise's Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn't smile, charm, love the ladies, aim his index fingers to the heavens or sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in bars. Here he just snarls and kills people. Yes, please, and let's have more of the same.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The dialogue, while filthy, is wickedly funny, and sounds perfect coming out of the mouths of these beaten-down characters in their low-rent surroundings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is the British way to mingle ideas and entertainment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's ragged, and at times it scrapes your comedy ganglia like a cheese grater. But 15 minutes or half an hour is an ideal chunk of time to set aside for truly inspired absurdism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago Cubs fan. Tying those three things together is a task that the witty script does with surprising adroitness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Baumbach seems mainly interested in capturing the whimsical rhythms of unformed post-college life, with money too scarce and roommates too ample — but he already did that, did it better and with more rueful feeling, in the much funnier “Kicking and Screaming,” the debut he made at 25 and one of the best films of the 1990s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RED
    Red has more snappy joy in store than practically all of last summer's busted blockbusters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Not since "300" have I seen such manly mano-a-mano-ing as the iron clash of wills in the docu mentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Romantics isn't as consistent or as well-rounded as its parent, "The Big Chill," or as entertaining as its less literate but more extroverted cousin, "St. Elmo's Fire," but with its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Bateman has rarely had the opportunity to play a snarling lawman, but with his cool aviators and his bristling putdowns he's perfect, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A rock bio minus the fun. The sex is guilt-stricken, the drugs are used to treat epilepsy, and the rock 'n' roll is about isolation and despair.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How dark is this comedy? It's a big hit in Ireland.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Splashed with Monte Carlo glamour, physical comedy and nimble scams, the movie rolls along enjoyably to its goofy but endearing big scene: an homage to "Dirty Dancing."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Stirring as it frequently is, The Way Back is a good movie that should have been a classic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sharp comedy as well as a punk-pulp spree. Don't go if you can't handle Brit slang. ("Grass" = informer.)
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dryly comic, arch, sleek, and suffused with mood-setting tracks by the likes of X and Depeche Mode, Electric Slide has some of the mordant absurdity of the novels of Bret Easton Ellis. Like its dim hero, it’s going nowhere, but traveling in style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Never before have I been so emotionally involved with an apple core, or seen salvation in a flip-flop. Taika Waititi, you had me at nunchuks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though it does have a handful of dirty jokes meant to earn the audience-pleasing PG-13 rating and features Marge swearing, it falls short of classic status.

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