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 Watchmen
Lowest review score: 0 State of Play
Score distribution:
1,127 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It wouldn't be right to say that, half an hour after Kung Fu Panda 2 ended, I was starving for laughs again. In truth, I was starving pretty much all the way through.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film's attempt at a sort of beautiful anguish works best in its middle section. It takes far too long to get going, and it doesn't have much of an ending.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A snarly Euro-thriller with crust under its fingernails and bad breath. It doesn't care if you like it, which is why I kind of do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A reasonably uplifting kids movie if you don't think about it too much. I get paid to think about things too much, and effective as the movie is, it nevertheless left me slightly put off.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's a shame that, after nearly 40 years of writing about rock, Cameron Crowe is receptive to the clichés of the genre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For a 90-minute movie, Margaret has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Soulfully directed by Michael Cuesta ("L.I.E."), Roadie is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This jagged blob of a movie features a solo dance in the 1930s scored to the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant," several scenes of a rich Manhattan woman chatting with the ghost of Wallis Simpson and a Sotheby's auction that draws a crowd reaction of the kind associated with "Family Feud." Yet I found the movie fascinating. Except for the boring bits.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As a French Resistance thriller, Free Men is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The Hunger Games may be derivative, but it is engrossing and at times exciting. Implicitly, it argues that "The Truman Show" might have been improved by Ed Harris lobbing fireballs at Jim Carrey, and it's now clear what "American Idol" was missing all those years: a crossbow for Simon Cowell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An appropriately respectful and dignified biopic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Wilkinson's reflective and regretful searcher, burdened by secrets, is also touching, as are Dench and Nighy's creations, so it's easy to cheer them on as they inch toward revelations and rebirth.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    If you can overlook Andie MacDowell's Mitteleuropa accent as a Jewish Holocaust survivor (I know: big if), the cinematic roman a clef Mighty Fine has some quiet charms.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    That's My Boy is pretty raunchy, and by "pretty," I mean "amazingly," as in Howard Stern- or Seth MacFarlane-style gags.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Familiar elements such as a dark family secret, a ghost and a Ouija board start to seem trite after a while, and the third act is a little ridiculous, but debut writer-director Nicholas McCarthy does a lot with a little and seems fully prepared to handle a big-studio horror project.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Gritty visuals and a strong central performance elevate the routine crime story at the heart of Sweden's Easy Money, a sort of mash-up of "Goodfellas" and "The Great Gatsby."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Like Provence itself, Auteuil is in no hurry to get anywhere, reveling instead in the southern region's brilliant light and whispering crickets. His tangy accent and evident fondness for his character make the picture enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    France's friendship dramedy Little White Lies is such a blatant rip-off of a far better American movie that it could have been called "Le Big Chill."