For 1,127 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
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1,127 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Routine stuff, but things move quickly, with several offhand funny moments. Mos Def is hilarious in a cameo as another delivery guy.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The more dramatic revelations and tragic inevitabilities that turn up, the harder it is not to laugh. Give credit to its maker for directing with an earnestness suggesting a pretentious 22-year-old. Having passed through the phases of Interesting Apprentice, Mad Genius, Chastened Bankrupt and Shameless Wage Slave, Coppola at 70 may be the world's oldest student filmmaker.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Either a ludicrously bad movie or a parody of same. Either way, it's pretty funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So swaddled in good intentions that it's like taking a very short journey cushioned on all sides by air bags. That are stuffed with cotton candy.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Strip away the alt-country soundtrack, though, and you've got a Bette Davis fallen-woman-redeemed picture from 1937.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Unless the director was aiming for a Victorian "Black Christmas," though, he overshot his mark
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Funny more often than not. Worth checking out on video.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What the Charles Darwin biopic Creation mainly creates is a do-over for Paul Bettany: This time he gets to have a beautiful mind.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At one sip per cuss word, though, few viewers will still be conscious for the ending, in which the three cops finally come to the same place, each for an entirely different but equally ridiculous reason.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Scenes that should be grotesquely funny deliver only chuckles rather than a big payoff.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A Skinemax movie cloaked in art-house fancy dress, the sex thriller Chloe might have worked better as an out-and-out popcorn flick starring, say, Jennifer Lopez.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Salt contains many conflicts: intelligence vs. counterintelligence, blond Angelina vs raven-haired and . . . well, that's about it.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Like "Sex and the City 2," Marmaduke features well-coifed bitches in heat, nonstop puns and its very own Mr. Big. Unlike "SATC 2," this one is harmless and, on occasion, mildly witty.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since they seem like real people we want them to work out their differences. In the second half, their story is nearly lost in favor of lots of documentary footage of the actual protests. This stuff was pretty ho-hum to look at two years ago, and it hasn't gotten more interesting with age.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie amounts to an extended short story that progresses slowly and fades away with key questions unanswered. Ambiguity isn't necessarily interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bickering and mishaps make for a semi-enjoyable if low-impact film that may appeal to the kind of nostalgics who buy Time-Life collections of '60s songmeisters.
    • 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
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even Oliver Stone would giggle at the notion that the CIA couldn't reach JFK through any means except via one of his blond playmates.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Nor does the movie try to use the game to make some larger point. Here's one: Even at its best and luckiest hour, Harvard can aspire only to equal Yale.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Although the movie is reasonably suspenseful for a while and has a few witty moments (of a first draft, the ghost says, "All the words are there. They're just in the wrong order"), it rings false.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There isn't anything especially wrong with Who Do You Love but there's nothing here that cries out to be seen, either. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/who_do_you_love_VZgyGvsv0ruc9teHrzQIlJ#ixzz0kcaj8Mwl
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The main reason for Winter's Bone to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill -- a bit of poverty porno -- for the critics who awarded it their highest honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As things pick up in the second half, the splendid photography and tempestuous John Adams score cannot quite conceal that the film is uncomfortably close to being an extravagantly elongated, Fendi-clad episode of "Dynasty."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Starts out as a hilarious take on cop-movie cliches, then turns into Will Ferrell's own "Capitalism: A Love Story."
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Tillman Story purports to be an exposé of the cover-up of the death by friendly fire of the Army Ranger and one time NFL star Pat Tillman. But, provocative and colorful as the film is, it does the very thing it denounces -- massaging the facts to seize Tillman for a political agenda.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even if the movie had more shadings, though, Marshall's political point would undo his he-man action-flick format. If you're looking for a rallying cry to make the emotions sizzle, "Quagmire!" isn't it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fair Game stars three imposing performers -- Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Sean Penn's lavish and intemperate hair, a fuming gusher of crazy-ass Sweeney Todd locks that dominates every scene. I couldn't tear my eyes from it, maybe because I couldn't maintain focus on anything else in this histrionic and shamelessly misleading wonk-work.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Gwyneth Paltrow. If you buy that progression, you'll buy Country Strong, an unintentionally campy drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since this low-grade comedy doesn't really even attempt to be funny, the purpose of the movie is to establish (or reinforce) a feeling of luxurious old-timey melancholy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vine yard wedding in Jumping the Broom. Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Why doesn't anybody just buy a gun? I guess the female characters spent all their money on tight tank tops.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Hanna doesn't go wrong immediately. It takes at least 2½ minutes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Creepy spirits in old-timey dress, ear-stabbing sound cues, slamming doors and bloody handprints: The horror flick Insidious isn't scared to be trite.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Haywire is a wannabe, or rather a wanna-B, and that B is for "Bourne." As each imitator comes and (rapidly) goes, my appreciation for the best superspy franchise deepens. Even top directors - in this case Steven Soderbergh - can't figure out the trick.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I suppose you have to give credit to the movie for coming up with some badass killer mermaids.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film achieves a mild uptick in the final act, with a surprise change of heart and a race to save a little girl, but up till then it's thickly earnest -- a conquista-bore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The legend of Thompson is immortal, though, and it'll fall to each generation to jam him into its own mold. Depp and Robinson's view is that Thompson was like a mullet: a party in the back but all business upfront.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Young Hugo (Asa Butterfield), a boy who literally lives inside the clocks he manages in a grand Paris train station in the 1930s, embodies one problem that bedeviled even Dickens: He's boringly nice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Misshapen, malodorous and firing its grubby tentacles across the room in a feeding frenzy, The Thing reminded me of a roomful of journalists immediately after someone announces Open Bar. The movie's victims disappear like cocktail peanuts and without a whole lot more significance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If it's violence ye seek, and violently confused storytelling, look ye no further.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Graham Greene's guilt-and-gangsters tale "Brighton Rock" gets an even more melodramatic telling than in the 1947 film version courtesy of first-time director Rowan Joffe, whose histrionic adaptation screams "student film" with practically every frame.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you're in the mood for a clichéd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Idiocy can be funny, but let's not forget that for all of this movie's aspirations to be out-there, it relies on the staple of the sitcom mentality.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Safe House may strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you've seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Suspenseful though it is, the movie is quiet to the point of being sleepy, and Worthington is simply not working out as a screen star.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An essential document of bad taste that needs to go right into the time capsule. History must not forget.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In the utterly routine effort Skyfall, we're actually expected to cheer each chord we've heard so many times (here's a martini shaker! Look, it's a Walther PPK! And there's an Aston Martin!) We've been turned into wretched Pavlovian dogs, salivating at the bell instead of the snack. The highlight, by far, is a classic animated credit sequence: Adele, you are the new Shirley Bassey.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At best, the film serves up mild chuckles, with occasional cute jokes.
    • 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."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lenny this is not. Still, it's nice to know that the son of a lawyer and a microbiologist can get into Harvard and make something of himself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The documentary Tabloid shows that an oddball lead character and a smirky style do not necessarily add up to a complete movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So the film is a head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's a one-joke movie, if "Jewish mothers are annoying" is a joke. But just as a film about boredom should not actually be boring, no movie should credibly simulate the experience of being stuck in a car with Barbra Streisand for eight days.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Without an exceptionally skilled director of actors (such as Cameron Crowe), Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Refreshing as it is to see the military portrayed as something other than a band of neurotics and creeps, there's a reason this brand of rah-rah and bang-bang didn't outlast the age of Whitesnake and Marty McFly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everything plays out exactly as you'd expect in a cheerful, well-meaning movie in the style of something made for the Disney channel.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If the movie's story is anything but daring, it does takes guts to make a movie so shamelessly emotional as this one. Not that guts are the same as taste.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So once you figure out the first rule of Zombie Fight Club — nothing too bad can happen to Brad Pitt — the movie is, despite intermittent thrills, rote.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As the movie drags on, though, it takes on a throbbing, sick monotone. This isn't a concert, it's a bass guitar solo, all thumping blackness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    For a sex movie, Norwegian Wood is about as dry as a pocketful of sand. Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In The Kid With a Bike, Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne offer a sly but finally banal update of the Italian neorealist classic "The Bicycle Thief."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Chism’s characters are pleasingly odd, and though she can’t string much of a narrative together — there is a stop-and-start quality to the picture that grows tiresome — a few of the set pieces are funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The danger of trying to do a supernatural comedy-romance is that you’ll wind up being as funny as “Twilight,” with all the raw sexual energy of “Bewitched.” Beautiful Creatures isn’t quite that bad, though it did make me long for the cleverer “Dark Shadows.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I might forgive the slow start if it weren't for the slow middle and slow end.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So there is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Amusing and informative (and hyperbolic) as it is, All In: The Poker Movie is a documentary whose intended audience is unclear.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As cute and energetic as it is, The Lego Movie is more exhausting than fun, too unsure of itself to stick with any story thread for too long. The action scenes are enthusiastic, colorful but uninvolving, like an 8-year-old emptying a bucket of plastic blocks.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Every episode of "Law & Order" I've ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Jacquot's lavish décor and costumes are like the perfume the women use instead of bathing: They may cover up the willful carelessness at the center of the project, but it's still there.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You do have to give Starbuck credit for engineering perhaps the largest group hug ever put on film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Acquires a little vigor and some fun from Tracy Morgan as a friendly drug dealer who lives with his mom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The visual effects are amazing, but they don't make up for acting that is restrained to an uninsightful fault.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This unapologetic B-movie at least keeps the action rolling, and the time goes by quickly. To put it another way, I’d rather see Gerard Butler stab a terrorist in the neck than flirt with Katherine Heigl.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Entertainingly gruesome in parts, and not without a certain anarchic wit, it’s the kind of movie you pause to watch when it’s on TV, but after half an hour, you’ll click over to something else.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.