For 1,219 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 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Constellation
Score distribution:
1,219 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sharp little psychological thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly weird, dryly funny little indie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An affecting and beautifully realized documentary.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Your enjoyment will hinge entirely on whether you think the album is a masterpiece or a bore.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Statham is an essential tough guy, what the Brits call "well'ard," as self-assured as Lee Marvin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The oddly compelling documentary Moving Midway is an engineering tale combined with a family history and a ghost story.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sex Drive has shaky moments, and its smutty gags aren't edited so much as slammed together.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen. It's "When Harry Did Sally."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Hunger is almost silent, most of its sounds being unintelligible moans and screams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A taut suspense flick for grown-ups.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Kids will be as enthralled by this film as you were by the live-action Disney movies of the '70s. It doesn't get any sweeter than a roomful of mattresses with kids and dogs jumping on them.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Wajda, who lost his father in the purge, gives the film an awful silence and mystery at its core.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Earth, you had me at baby polar bears.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Gives a taste of what it might be like to live inside Mike Tyson's mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like its star, the movie is too short and a little thin but just about perfect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Beaded with amusing moments.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For its wicked innocence, this is the finest rock movie since "Almost Famous."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It is said that everyone either loved or hated radical defense lawyer William Kunstler. A documentary by his daughters asks, "Why choose 'or' instead of 'both'?"
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Delivers plenty of smart dialogue and devises a number of excellent reasons to photograph his cast in situations that suggest the working title for the film might have been "Women in Underwear."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A working-class hero of a film.
    • 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.”
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A mashup of Nick Hornby and Martin Scorsese? Why not?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its personal, newsmagazine touch will make your heart ache for its cross-section of humanity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An invigorating and surprising journey.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Douchebag belies its abrasive title with a soft touch for two wobbly souls.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RED
    Red has more snappy joy in store than practically all of last summer's busted blockbusters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    See his movie now, brag about your discerning taste for undiscovered talent later.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Inspector Bellamy leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding. To Chabrol, no life is ever a closed case.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Black was already the world's biggest little kid, and he might be the only actor who could have made this movie such nimble fun.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is much like a really long beer commercial - but a really dark one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Stirring as it frequently is, The Way Back is a good movie that should have been a classic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    May serve as a useful way to introduce teens to what World War II in Europe was like.
    • 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.

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