For 1,467 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 0 September Dawn
Score distribution:
1467 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Any parent who has ever scrambled desperately to find a doll to appease a wailing child as though it were a life-and-death situation will appreciate the wit of this multilayered, dread-soaked chamber piece.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A passable French homage to the American crime epic, The Connection has plenty of visual style to go with stock characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Gives a taste of what it might be like to live inside Mike Tyson's mind.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is an entertaining stroll through a colorful gallery of characters including, in villain mode, former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving. "She knows nothing. I am an expert," huffs Hoving, who is so nasty he might as well be wearing a monocle - making Horton that much more fun to root for.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Filled with arch wit, the film is sweet and sorrowful at the same time. Like many indies, it lacks much of a conclusion, though writer-director James C. Strouse shows that simple ideas, ably executed, can make an endearing film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The cheesehead noir Thin Ice presents Greg Kinnear in a role that's almost too easy for him: He's a morally flexible Wisconsin insurance salesman for whom honesty is the least-likely policy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I’d love to tell you Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is a cinematic masterpiece, and for most of its running time, that’s what I was planning to do. You must see it. But a great movie requires a great ending, and Nocturnal Animals doesn’t have one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Touching and unexpectedly funny moments (such as McCartney busting out the theme song from “The Monkees”) mingle with highlights from the show for an unusually compelling keepsake from what might well be the last time many of these ’60s rockers perform together.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's smart, funny, agreeably perverse and simultaneously abrupt and exhausting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The story quietly builds to a rueful and fraught climax in which Campbell Scott does his usual exceptional work
    • 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
    Writer-director Antonio Campos, making excellent use of the queasy rhythms of a percussive musical score, keeps piling up the dread as we wonder just how dangerous Simon can be to the women who keep taking pity on him.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An intensity of purpose and a patient, suspenseful directing style make the B-movie Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning superior to most of the big-budget action films I've seen lately.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Eva Green...Gaspingly beautiful, wouldn't you say?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A study in intoxicants: drink, drugs, youth and Emily Ratajkowski. All four are potentially dangerous, yet nearly impossible to leave alone.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nature films don’t come any more spectacular than the BBC’s One Life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Avengers is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. What it expertly is, is whelming.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sickening horror parable disguised as a comedy of mores, the Netherlands’ Borgman is a rarity: a genuinely shocking, upsetting movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For its wicked innocence, this is the finest rock movie since "Almost Famous."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A working-class hero of a film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A mashup of Nick Hornby and Martin Scorsese? Why not?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In the most thrilling sequence of this consistently rousing old-school adventure, Heyerdahl grabs a passing shark with his bare hands, thrusts a hook into it, drags it aboard and guts it with a knife. Now that’s what I call entertainment. I haven’t seen such crazed brutality since Lou Lumenick’s review of “Movie 43.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a lesser Python entry ("The Meaning of Life"?), it's alternately brilliant and frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Django Unchained might have been a revelation in 2005. But after Quentin Tarantino and others have spent years spoofing '60s and '70s genre movies, this mock spaghetti Western tastes like it came out of the microwave.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Thick-necked, booze-loving and angry men beat each other with their naked fists: so far, so Irish. But the feuding clans in the documentary Knuckle actually think their habits of antagonizing one another can be fixed by just one more problem-solving brawl.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Laden with witty ironies, the film by Anne Fontaine suggests men may not play exactly the roles they think they do in women’s lives.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Cruise's Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn't smile, charm, love the ladies, aim his index fingers to the heavens or sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in bars. Here he just snarls and kills people. Yes, please, and let's have more of the same.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The dialogue, while filthy, is wickedly funny, and sounds perfect coming out of the mouths of these beaten-down characters in their low-rent surroundings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is the British way to mingle ideas and entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Davies’ quiet, painterly film largely eschews musical cues that would heighten its emotional impact, but as it is, Sunset Song is captivating in its sincerity.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's ragged, and at times it scrapes your comedy ganglia like a cheese grater. But 15 minutes or half an hour is an ideal chunk of time to set aside for truly inspired absurdism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Baumbach seems mainly interested in capturing the whimsical rhythms of unformed post-college life, with money too scarce and roommates too ample — but he already did that, did it better and with more rueful feeling, in the much funnier “Kicking and Screaming,” the debut he made at 25 and one of the best films of the 1990s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RED
    Red has more snappy joy in store than practically all of last summer's busted blockbusters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How dark is this comedy? It's a big hit in Ireland.
    • 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."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Stirring as it frequently is, The Way Back is a good movie that should have been a classic.
    • 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.)
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dryly comic, arch, sleek, and suffused with mood-setting tracks by the likes of X and Depeche Mode, Electric Slide has some of the mordant absurdity of the novels of Bret Easton Ellis. Like its dim hero, it’s going nowhere, but traveling in style.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Still, if 13 Hours lacks the gravitas of “American Sniper,” it’s powerful stuff. Bay’s goal is to put you right in these men’s boots, to feel the heat, the fear, the fatigue, the weight of the weapons and the web of camaraderie.
    • 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'?"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Yet merely “playing with concepts” doesn’t quite add up to a film, and The Family Fang, adapted from Kevin Wilson’s novel, feels like an extended therapy session.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The Spandau Ballet documentary Soul Boys of the Western World has all the kooky clothes, zippy songs and ’80s optimism you could ask for in a film about a group that had only one big US hit (but several in the UK). Why do I find it hard to write the next line? The band wasn’t that great.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Provides a different take on its subject than many of us are accustomed to: Nelson Mandela is no Martin Luther King Jr., and he was far more radical than even Malcolm X. If you’re under the impression that his ideas got him imprisoned for 25 years, think again: It was his bombs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Destined to enchant the slumber parties.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Suggestion: When making a film called Run Fat Boy Run, how about hiring a fat boy?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For a kiddie adventure, the movie, based on the Jeanne DuPrau book, has a pleasingly moody, eerie quality.
    • 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."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Shailene Woodley, already a subtle and rangy actress, easily carries the film as Hazel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Good grindhouse fun until a last act that's like a meeting of a psychoanalysts' convention.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Final Destination 5, which, despite its lowbrow story, turns out to be one of the fastest-moving films of the year, is a suspenseful and macabre exercise in dread for the absurdly cosseted.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An entertaining but routine rock flick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    First-time writer-director Andy Muschietti, an Argentine discovered by Guillermo del Toro, relies too much, especially in the early going, on horror clichés (sudden loud noises and jagged blasts of music), but he does make the tension hum.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it’s got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It has a pleasing smallness -- it's cinematic chamber music -- that almost makes you overlook its inability to really explain its subject.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Honorable, worthy and windy, Fences is essentially a PBS episode of “Great Performances” that is inflated for the big screen without ever quite belonging there.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In the end, the movie (executive produced by the late Wes Craven) degenerates into a routine, though ably constructed, horror flick.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The Wave, competent as it is, lacks the heart-rending power of the similar 2012 tsunami movie “The Impossible.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Quotable, controversial, anarchic, charismatic and handsome (in an ugly way), the zany avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa had everything one needs to be a star, except talent.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It has a certain commitment to its cause, and by that I mean it supplies the necessary flayings, slayings, beheadings and, um, a be-nose-ing, all of it dancing to the tune of those amusingly stilted He-Man declaratives - King James Bible cadences applied to comic-book visions. It knows it's a B movie, and gets on with it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A wet, red chunk of pulp that knows what it is and doesn't care.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It isn't every day that one witnesses, via a camera mounted with the driver, some of the final images in a man's life before he crashes into a wall at enormous speed. Whether you'll feel good about yourself after watching is up to you.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    On the M. Night Shyamalan scale of stupid endings, The Prestige isn't as bad as "The Village" but it's comparable to "Unbreakable."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It is a better option than the third "Santa Clause."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Willis is at his relaxed best this time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An uneasy mix of Richard Linklater and Abbott and Costello, Prince Avalanche is an oddment, but one that brings some small, peculiar pleasures.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A boldly original undertaking: It's the first movie ever to come up with the idea of remaking "The Truman Show."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A Most Violent Year is a small picture, but each brushstroke is laden with detail and craftsmanship.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Melding a morality play with a glossy soap, Italy’s Human Capital is a fairly successful balance of entertainment and ideas.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    At times Halloween II dances on the line between alarming and disgusting, and it doesn’t all hold together — I couldn’t figure out what the goblin banquet was doing in this movie. But if it was meant to freak me out, it worked.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Maybe the Midwest isn't actually like this, but if it were, would that be so bad?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In To Rome With Love, Allen approaches the leitmotif in a strange, oblique and interesting way. I fear, though, that the Italian entry in his "Let's Go: Grab Some Euro-Film Subsidies" period will be remembered as being forgettable.
    • 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.

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