For 1,223 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 Rescue Dawn
Lowest review score: 0 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Score distribution:
1,223 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    There's a geyser of ambition in the visually stunning The Fountain, but the story of a thousand-year quest for the Fountain of Youth eventually trickles out.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It is a better option than the third "Santa Clause."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The beginning and end are classics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    "Babe" was a classic because of its gentle simplicity. Charlotte's Web, with its insistently "magical" theme music, an overbearing climax and a trough full of bad jokes, is merely adequate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Director Alfonso Cuarón has a vision so mesmerizingly terrible that it alone - at least, for those who enjoy a gorgeous nightmare - is reason enough to see the film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Stieve and Glosserman may yet strike a vein: This thing screams out for a Hollywood remake with, say, writers from "The Simpsons."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Swank's character, Erin Gruwell, is a real educator who, in the years following the Rodney King riots, coaxed her students into writing about their bullet-riddled lives.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The chatty killer and the nervy atmosphere are both so depraved that the film, though it contains hardly any explicit violence, is like stepping into a blood Jacuzzi, and there is a biblical severity to the ending.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The gags vary - a tattooed-breast mystery kinda sags - but there are lots of laughs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is occasionally heavy-handed, and the priest character is almost absurdly saintly, but there is an awful power to scenes such as one in which the Europeans are evacuated on trucks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The dialogue isn't ridiculous, and sometimes it's witty: A cynical cop (Donnie Wahlberg) doesn't buy Jamie's theory that the doll had something to do with the murder: "The mystery toy department is down the hall. This is the homicide department."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The paranoia is as thick and luscious as that Reddi-wip, and it's served from both left and right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    On the one hand, Black Book has the artiness of subtitles, the dramatic weight of history, and the desperate heroics of Jews hiding from Nazis. On the other hand, it has Paul Verhoeven.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As always in Veber's films, the predictability is part of the fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The big new addition in Shrek the Third is Justin Timberlake as the high school-age future King Arthur, but if Timberlake contributed a song to the soundtrack it would have to be "WhinyBack."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Kim Basinger gives one of her strongest performances in Even Money, a kind of "Crash" fueled by gambling instead of racism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Bug
    Buzzes around in random menace for an hour until its third act, when - zzzzzt! - it flies straight into the zapper.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A black-and-white fantasia shot against a bright backdrop of famous sites, and it has potential to be a cult hit on its dreamy-hipster look alone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Doesn't do enough with a righteous premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This is a one-joke skit that trots in a straight line, and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you need to see gonzo sheep rip out human entrails.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    No matter how good Blethyn is at playing up the sweet hurt of a woman who is well on the decline but never made it in the first place, your admiration for her shrieking-and-drinking breakdown scenes is likely to be tested after about the fifth go-round.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Don Cheadle has a fine time jiving through Talk to Me - accent, please, on the middle word. It's a black "Good Morning, Vietnam."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    So what starts out as fascinating sci-fi becomes just fi, and winds up pulp fi.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The script, narrated by Queen Latifah, is so embarrassingly dorky (it was co-written by Kristin Gore) that it's like Fred Rogers gone hip-hop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Some documentaries are a fervent search for truth; others are a fervent search for snickers. This one is the latter, providing via interviews and old film clips a Greatest Hits for Bush haters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie is just a situation salad, at least until the end, when things start to pull together a bit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As frightening as it intends to be, but not enjoyably so.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An interesting failure, not a fascinating one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The insult comedy is sometimes brilliant.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Destined to enchant the slumber parties.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Struggles to maintain a sober, evenhanded tone about an utterly ridiculous story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Just when things should be getting exciting and complex, they become repetitive and predictable. Subtext becomes hint becomes statement becomes declaration. For once, Pinter is a little too easy to understand.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Cusack shows that he can still play the sensitive-but-fun guy until the ladies sigh and the men take notes.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Good grindhouse fun until a last act that's like a meeting of a psychoanalysts' convention.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The atmosphere is convincing - there is an "Eight Mile" desperation to Raya's plight - but nothing makes sense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A chilling pulp movie told with a pavement-eye view of the dregs of humanity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The doctors and nurses who care for America's wounded troops on the battlefield and in hospitals get their due in Fighting for Life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Arch, wry and dry, with its exquisite wallpaper and impeccably blocked fedoras, Married Life is bracingly malicious noir for a while, a sort of gray-flannel-suit take on the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple." Every character seems morally capable of anything.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The script depends heavily on familiar stand-up comedy bits, but it's full of sharp wisecracks and slacker charm.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Suggestion: When making a film called Run Fat Boy Run, how about hiring a fat boy?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A wet, red chunk of pulp that knows what it is and doesn't care.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's good-natured myth-making cut into kid-size pieces.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie has enough big-city wickedness and merry cruelty to keep things skittering unpredictably.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Despite all of the hideous critters Hellboy encounters, there is a hint that things are considerably weirder elsewhere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It may be impossible to make an uninteresting documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, but is it unfair to ask Gonzo for more Hunter and less Jimmy Carter?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As familiar as the costumes and decoration are, the conflicts are unsettlingly vivid and strange.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Yet what makes this movie is the digital effects. It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It has a dogged all-night charm and a sense of who its audience is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film has enough funny lines and weird situations - some comedy business with a sex chair lovingly constructed by the Clooney character is the highlight - that it could age into a cult film like "The Big Lebowski."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A decent football movie, just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of "Friday Night Lights" . . . which has aired 39 episodes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    I kept hoping the meaning would click into place, but it never quite did.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For a kiddie adventure, the movie, based on the Jeanne DuPrau book, has a pleasingly moody, eerie quality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Although the script works in a couple of pages of collegiate-level ethical debate about "the question of German guilt," what the movie is really interested in is the question of German sex. So think of it as "Schindler's Lust."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    I enjoyed the visual effects used to create some hellish creatures and the amusing nods to "The Exorcist" - cranial rotation, even a spooky staircase. But the movie slips in the last act.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's fine for kids, though, and it doesn't try too hard.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's got enough going on to sustain five blockbuster thrillers. That is its blessing and its curse.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Thanks to an unexpected twist and a clever motivation lurking in the back story of the super-villain, G-Force has enough going on to more or less maintain grown-up interest, and there's plenty to please the kiddies.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Stretched both timewise and for plausibility.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Freaked-out funky weirdness starts to happen all around him (Rockwell).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For gays who remember the nightmare, Sex Positive may be too depressing to watch. But the movie strikes a cautionary tone for a younger generation that, it says, isn't taking the HIV threat seriously.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Possibly the least sexy vampire flick ever to crawl out of the crypt (it never occurs to anyone that biting someone's neck is kinda intimate; the act is strictly utilitarian), but it's unusually detailed in its imagining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For rock fans, hearing many Led Zeppelin and U2 classics on a theater sound system is worth the price of a ticket.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A chipper documentary sure to please seniors.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Despite the pace, though -- pedal, have you met my friend metal? -- Ninja Assassin still has some of its best stuff left at the end, when the master returns to demonstrate his extra-special, super-most-deadliest technique.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's all a gorgeous error, a bonfire of overreach.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film makes little sense (the couple refuses to ride subways, but Metro-North is OK), but it's a diverting conversation piece/freak show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realité techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As the two coaches head for a faceoff in a climactic live TV interview, writer Morgan starts to seem like a rip-off -- of himself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Alfred Molina gives a warm and engaging performance as an occupying British soldier.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Although it has affecting moments, the film can't quite decide whether it's about aging or about the effects of war on the home front.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Although the payoff is creepy, it takes a little too long to arrive -- and when it does, it's about as worn-out as the movie's title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    There can only ever be one Bad Lieutenant: Harvey Keitel. In Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Nicolas Cage, pretend tough guy (Malibu accent, long floppy coiffure, nervous smile), is more like the Bad Used-Car Salesman.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As a spooky midnight movie, The Wolfman is worth curling up with.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Buscemi is appealing as always, but the movie, is only sporadically funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The best Parisian action movie of the week is District 13: Ultimatum, a serviceable thriller with a lefty message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Quiet, sober and tense, the movie makes some interesting points -- contrasting the frenzied hookups of the two men with the butcher's rote, dismal lovemaking with his wife as their bodies are carefully hidden under sheets -- but it lacks the emotional firepower of "Brokeback Mountain."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    To really pull off Greenberg would require a lead performance from a master actor. The actor it stars is . . . Ben Stiller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An entertaining but routine rock flick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Doesn't have as much behind-the-scenes juice as you'd hope.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Mostly, this frantic film is yet another attempt at “Spinal Tap” silly. At times it goes for the heart of “Almost Famous,” and its sense of rock is that of a barely acquainted observer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Reflective but only mildly engaging dramedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    One of the pleasures of films about being stuck in a place -- "The Wicker Man" is maybe the best example -- comes from the skill with which the writers keep their protagonist locked in his box. On this test, The Last Exorcism pretty much flunks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Any movie that finds a plausible reason to give Lindsay Lohan a nun's habit and a machine gun is worth your attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    If you're old enough to pluck gray hairs, you may find yourself rubbing away a few tears.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    At last, someone has figured out that there might be laughs in teens trying to lose their virginity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Although the film is, by design, an unwatchable mess on one level and its one joke about 8 mm filmmaking would play better as a music video or a TV commercial, there's no denying the crazed dedication to detail.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    I won't reveal the twist -- but the marketing crew is aware that their only chance of selling this non-mind-blowing documentary about the people you might meet on Facebook is by promising a big surprise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie is at its best when Gekko gets back into the game, with his impish smile and his perfect hair.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    On a technical level Buried is impressive, at times blisteringly suspenseful.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A supernatural take on "Death Wish" meets "Faust," Heartless is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Maybe the Midwest isn't actually like this, but if it were, would that be so bad?
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though a bit stiff in the joints and acted by an undistinguished cast amid TV-movie trappings, this low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel nevertheless contains a fire and a fury that makes it more compelling than the average mass-produced studio item.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Fly Away is more situation than story, though, and the Germann character's welcoming, almost saintly vibe doesn't fit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    There's plenty of smash, thunder and brawl for the kids. But in taking a bit of Hulk and a bit of Superman while re-imagining Excalibur as a hammer, Thor amounts to putting new horns on old ideas. And the screenplay sounds like the lyrics of Spinal Tap.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Even when scary, Murray is somehow funny, too, and he steals the show as always.

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