For 1,253 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 Last Days in Vietnam
Lowest review score: 0 Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar
Score distribution:
1,253 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dialogue, we seem to have forgotten, matters, and the words — by the brutally funny screenwriter of “The Departed,” William Monahan — are electric eels, slithering and sinister and nasty. They sneak up and sting you, or sometimes tickle your toes. Lowlifes don’t actually talk this way? Yeah. But if only they did.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A real actioner, generous with the bullets and blood and chase scenes, that simultaneously mocks shoot-'em-ups.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A roaring old-school action adventure for kids, with as many mythical beasts as a year at Hogwarts and a healthy dose of smiting without the crazed bloodlust of “300.”
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There are enough sharp one-liners and funny situations to keep things entertaining even as Braff delves (lightly) into genuine dilemmas confronting many a married couple.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Based on a lesser-known Dostoyevsky work, Brit director Richard Ayoade’s breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It isn’t quite as clever as it thinks. This is one of those man-written feminist parables that looks an awful lot like a Penthouse art director’s idea of a feminist parable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The attraction between the resolutely empirical scientist and his “spiritual,” hippy-dippy girlfriend gives the film an unpredictable quality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Much closer to Scorsese than "Scarface," Notorious gives a heartfelt yet clear-eyed sendoff to the late Brooklyn rapper Christopher Wallace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    High praise for the movie Mother and Child: It's as good as a TV show. Although it's not as fine as HBO's "In Treatment," a show run by this movie's writer-director, Rodrigo Garcia.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Statham is an essential tough guy, what the Brits call "well'ard," as self-assured as Lee Marvin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Boy
    This charming kid's-eye movie, full of comical and vivid detail about the lives of these cheerful children, has the loose, lanky feel of a memoir and of French New Wave films.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It isn't much of a contest: The clear winner is John Wayne, because the Coens are playing his game. The Duke couldn't do the Coens' sly in-jokes, but they've never been able to reach out and move the audience to heights of emotion. Before now, they've never tried.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is much like a really long beer commercial - but a really dark one.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RoboCop is topically up-to-the-moment but stylistically it’s retro. Far from using the story as an excuse to string together cheap thrills and blowout spectacle, its hero has all the heart of the Tin Man.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Shifting the self-deprecating japery of "High Fidelity" from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Hunger is almost silent, most of its sounds being unintelligible moans and screams.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Yet the film is marred by Hawke’s blundering intrusions as he keeps changing the subject to Hawke: He tells us he often wonders “why it is I do what I do,” as if anyone but he is interested in the answer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary doesn’t stray much from the nature-doc formula of making its stars look frisky and winsome while sprinkling in a few info-nuggets about the critters (they’re older than dinosaurs!). And that’s just fine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An invigorating and surprising journey.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sex Drive has shaky moments, and its smutty gags aren't edited so much as slammed together.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A great abortion documentary might leave you guessing which side of the debate the director was on. Lake of Fire is not that film, but it comes somewhat close.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Douchebag belies its abrasive title with a soft touch for two wobbly souls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Superb Noo Yawk attitude, dialogue and performances (including one from the essential Kevin Corrigan, now well into his second decade of being indie movies' dirtbag on demand) keep the movie lively and tart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though somewhat marred by cheesy docudrama re-enactments, the film (produced by Steven Spielberg’s sister Nancy) is nutty, dramatic, surprising and above all inspiring.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Footloose won me over early, with a sequence in which the hero gets all heavy metal while restoring his badass ... VW Bug.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As with "Capturing the Friedmans," the documentary is grueling to sit through. Yet the greasy, guilty thrill of being privy to your neighbors' most intimate dramas makes it impossible to stop watching.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    When Hopkins' Hitch directs the audience by waving his hands like a symphony conductor - it's a nice callback to a Hannibal Lecter highlight - it's one of the best scenes of the year: a delightfully personal way to show how the story of "Psycho" concluded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Despite Gibney’s best efforts to put a halo on Manning, the enormity of what the soldier did towers over what has been done to him.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is still a gripping experience, though, with its circling sharks, its sun-dappled beauty and its agonies of shattered hope. At one point I was convinced that Sandra Bullock would splash down next to our man in her space capsule and Hanks’ Maersk ship from “Captain Phillips” would steam by to pick up both of them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The magical mystery that is Paul McCartney may never be solved, but for fans (the line forms behind me), the new documentary The Love We Make includes some memorable displays of his world-conquering charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Po speaks loudly and carries big shtick. Let the rest of the world cringe at our hyperconfidence, our charisma, our pure awesomeness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Director Susanne Bier's chilly morality play is slow to get started, but once established, its three parallel stories comment provocatively on one another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though Despicable Me is a little ragged on story, it's got a lot of imagination and a heart as warm as a fluffy kitty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dispenses with much of the caramel gooeyness of the first two episodes in favor of decent action, some heartfelt tender moments and even a splash of wit. This time they’re actually Twi-ing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    May serve as a useful way to introduce teens to what World War II in Europe was like.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As subtle and careful and slyly disturbing as Child’s Pose is though, it and many others of its genus suffer from an airlessness, pacing like the growth of algae, a dishwater color palate and a dirge-like monotone.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A warning: One scene in the middle is almost outrageously cruel and graphic. If you're the type of person who has to be reminded, "It's only a movie," stay away. This is the most depraved and dreadful piece of screen horror since last year's "Funny Games."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Once it calms down and stops trying to be funny, it turns into a thoughtful and intriguing drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A captivating Tom Hardy is in the driver’s seat for the one-man show Locke, but like many experimental films, this one suffers from its self-imposed constraints.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Gentle, tender and very French, The Hedgehog is cinematic poetry -- too bad about that prosaic plotting.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Typically, To the Wonder seems mostly locked in the thoughts of its characters, whispered so only we can hear, with no more actual back-and-forth dialogue than would cover the back of your ticket stub.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Director Matthew Vaughn, who did last year's delightful "Kick-Ass," doesn't do witty this time around, but he does keep up a spiffing pace while making the action blaze.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    October Country doesn't really have a point, or a story, but it's an almost unbearably vivid portrait of four generations in a single working-class family.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Beaded with amusing moments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Earth, you had me at baby polar bears.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There is stuff in This Is the End that had me laughing so hard, I sensed new body parts joining in to help out — my pancreas was heaving, my bile ducts ripped.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its young director, however, has a considerable flair for surprise and visual gusto, and he even, on a shoestring, delivers sharp-looking special effects.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly weird, dryly funny little indie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Picture Monty Python writing an unusually odd "Twilight Zone" episode directed by surrealist Luis Buñuel. Or just empty your mind of all sense: This is Rubber.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Fighting arrives fully charged by the charisma of its star, Channing Tatum, who has landed the lead in the upcoming "G.I. Joe."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So this bourgeois-bohemian movie is, in a way, as serene in its obliviousness to the exterior world as its man-child subject. It's not essential, but it is endearing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Some bits are too stagy, but for the most part this long night feels like an interview that could have actually happened. Miller is so good - dumb, smart, wounded, wounding, a lollipop of sweet poison that you'd buy every day until it killed you - that you feel you not only understand her but all actresses.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As sensuous as its title, Silk is an exquisitely felt love story that unfolds as delicately as a blooming flower. And as slowly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Wanted is like a 12-armed heavy-metal drummer after a case of Red Bull, flailing and thundering through two hours of impossible action.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The anti-Ben Stiller comedy: There's humiliation aplenty but no mugging, no abuse to the crotch region, no straining to be outrageous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I haven't seen a timelier or more important film this year, and the film's passion for school choice could hardly be more warranted. Along with documentaries such as "The Lottery" and "Waiting for 'Superman,' " the film comes with a background sound of the ice of inertia cracking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The line between honey and syrup is a fine one, I'll grant you, but "Best Exotic Marigold" was on the wrong side of it. Quartet carries a noble glow, as serene and beautiful as sunset.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen. It's "When Harry Did Sally."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nearly as good as the average episode of TV’s “Friday Nights Lights,” which makes it better than most movies and one of the better sports films of recent years.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Najafi stages action scenes with an intense, queasy beauty and elevates what is in its outlines a routine crime drama to near-operatic proportions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Instead of trying to make Austen's life entertaining by pretending it was just like her work - as in the dull recent French movie "Molière" - Becoming Jane has a more astute appreciation of how Austen, or any fiction writer, works. There's a bit of stealing from life, lots of exaggeration, some wish fulfillment, mix-and-match character assembly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its personal, newsmagazine touch will make your heart ache for its cross-section of humanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How English is this movie? As English as a cold, rainy day at the beach. As English as the politeness that masks hostility, as English as a pie that contains meat, as English as secretly wishing you lived in some other country.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The eye-popping and entertaining The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader offers a merry seafaring jaunt together with plenty of adventures led by magically empowered kids.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Rising star Michael Shannon makes a riveting shamus hired to chase a runaway husband in the quiet but resonant little noir The Missing Person.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Way, Way Back is balanced, satisfying, wholesome. Dig in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    We may not need another IRA movie, but even so, Ken Loach's Brit-bashing historical drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winner of the top prize at Cannes last year, raises hard questions about Ireland's uncanny ability to kneecap itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Coens, so cutting to so many of their characters, are gentler with Llewyn, inviting us to wander and wonder along with him as he ponders why he must forever play the jerk.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It’s Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film’s fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    To keep this one-man show visually engaging, director Sophie Fiennes places the professor in sets and costumes from the movies, talking about “Full Metal Jacket” from atop a barracks toilet and “Brief Encounter” from a 1940s British train.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director John Gray, who created "Ghost Whisperer" on TV, is a son of Brooklyn whose love for the borough is as thick as a pint of Guinness, and he keeps finding fresh ways to present familiar plot points.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Roger Ebert makes an unusual candidate for a documentary: He was a writer, which isn’t cinematic, and not the swashbuckling kind. He didn’t go to war zones, just movies.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Isn't especially hilarious, but it has a warm sense of humor instead of a string of gross-out jokes. It'll be a cable mainstay.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    First-time writer-director Adam Reid has a lightly endearing touch as he allows the actors plenty of space to be warm without being cute.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    De Palma is extreme, visceral, usually in bad taste but almost always riveting. De Palma's Redacted, a no-budget fake documentary that imagines the circumstances behind a real rape and murder of a civilian girl committed by US troops in Iraq, is a piece of anti-war propaganda whose aims I don't agree with, but it jolted me nonetheless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Based on the true story of the world's largest counterfeiting operation, The Counterfeiters is full of the weird details that, though unsurprising on one level, are so jarringly wrong that they seem fresh: As a reward for producing 134 million pounds sterling, the prisoners get a pingpong table.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As Popper himself notices, his and the penguins' saga gets so endearing that it could have been narrated by Morgan Freeman.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Camp often means a lack of feeling and generalized disdain; not so in Spork, which has as much heart as "Sixteen Candles."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Harks back to a 1960s idea of what a horror film should be.
    • 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.

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