For 1,412 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 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Illegal Tender
Score distribution:
1412 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Having seen the trailer for Brothers and now the finished film, I feel as though I just watched the trailer twice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What everyone will remember about Goosebumps is . . . nothing. Except that it was kinda like “Gremlins.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Scenes that should be grotesquely funny deliver only chuckles rather than a big payoff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A big warm cinematic jelly doughnut stuffed with youth, vitality, style, whimsy and other equally alarming properties. I tried to love it. But after 20 minutes, I sensed I was intruding on the movie's love affair with itself.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I was too bored to hate the movie. Besides, who hates a stuffed animal? If it actually said something intelligent or surprising, you’d be alarmed, not pleased.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You could say the 3-D animated kidpic How To Train Your Dragon is "Avatar" for simpletons. But that title is already taken, by "Avatar."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Romero's we're-all-doomed-and-maybe-we-deserve-it pessimism is so extreme he would fit right in with a real group of brain-eaters: the French.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    By the end, we wind up pretty much where we were four years ago when the pictures first appeared in the papers: Inexperienced troops did disgusting things, but it's a mystery who else knew.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I might forgive the slow start if it weren't for the slow middle and slow end.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An intriguing sci-fi thriller, but in the end it doesn’t do enough with its ideas.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A blast from the 1980s, when the idea that men were essentially rapists and women rapees was a popular way to score chicks on campus.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Bursting with the usual colorful pop music numbers and lighter-than-a-soap-bubble quandaries, the film is a typical Bollywood entry, not likely to win over many new converts
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since the thing is increasingly impatient to jump forward to the next big torture set piece, there isn't any time to establish anyone's character. Butcher shops are bloody, too, but they're not scary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The tales mostly drift along and wrap up unresolved. If this is an accurate slice of Paris life, I'll take the relative excitement of Topeka.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even for a movie about complying with USDA regulations, Dolphin Tale 2 is a little lacking in excitement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Anchorman 2 is like watching “Anchorman” being re-enacted by semi-professionals trying to cover up their lapses by being extra-emphatic, super-doofy: 2013 Steve Carell does a lousy impression of 2004 Steve Carell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An occasionally amusing but strained fable about the dangers and delights of sibling rivalry that asks us to believe (for instance) that soccer scouts roam Mexico looking for 30-year-old recruits.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Wrath of the Titans suggests a franchise that isn't trying very hard, and I don't really expect a sequel. But if it does happen, I fear it'll be even less of an event: "Tiff of the Titans."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The doc consists of interviews with the absurdly grandiose Jodorowsky (whose fans include Kanye West) plus acolytes like current director Nicolas Winding Refn and film nerds, all of whom walk us through storyboards and tell us how awesome this “greatest film never made” would have been.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Although Hill failed to derail Thomas’ career, she seems to consider her testimony a success: She remains a highly sought public speaker about workplace sexual harassment, which in large part thanks to her is much less tolerated than it once was.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The leads are likeable enough, but the script reanimates "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tactics - a monster story supposedly made hilarious by being told by a savvy high schooler. These lines aren't even jokes, though, they're just collisions of the brutal and the banal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The main reason to see it is for the hilariously nasty uses it devises for a bear trap, nail gun, etc.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Amazing Spider-Man is more like an old Xerox copy: Greasy, paper-thin, slightly faded, and probably made unnecessarily, but in any case destined to get lost in a pile of things exactly like it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When I go to a Mummy movie, I don't want ninjas and yetis and men turned to stone. I want embalmed corpses and hieroglyphics. I want pharaoh. I want pyramids and sphinxes and Ace bandages. Did "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" take place on the Nile?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Limitless may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I understood two words of Youth Without Youth: "The End."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Drag Me to Hell is pure cheese. Goat cheese.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    But for all its 21st-century special effects, the characters, dialogue and values of Fury are straight out of the ’50s. The 1650s, maybe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Big Hero 6 even has a title that sounds like a product ordered off the takeout menu of the type of restaurant that recombines a few elements in many ways. That could work fine, if any of the ingredients were particularly flavorful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Club offers plenty of stifling, agonized atmosphere, but it’s all penitence and no redemption.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Dividing its loyalties between documentary and fictional narrative, it lacks the advantages of belonging to either side.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s somehow both too drawn-out and abrupt — but it’s got creepiness galore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There might be a great movie to be made out of the financial crisis, but 99 Homes, which is like being shouted at by a man with bad breath while he grips your collar with both hands, isn’t it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film achieves near-poignancy in its final act, when we finally meet one of the two elderly tipplers, plus a friend who occasionally stayed at their apartment and endured their shouting matches.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Stage Fright starts out as a funny musical mashup — “Glee” meets“Friday the 13th” — but winds up indulging slasher-flick clichés instead of spoofing them.

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