For 1,310 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 11.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 American Sniper
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1,310 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It’s adequately visionary, it’s routinely spectacular, it breathes fire and yet somehow feels room-temperature.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A Most Violent Year is a small picture, but each brushstroke is laden with detail and craftsmanship.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though the film, based on a Ron Rash novel, doesn’t quite deliver on all its grim portents, debut director David Burris creates a neo-Faulknerian atmosphere of indelible sin in a story that rises above cliché. As Wyle’s character puts it, “The South was never one thing.”
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This Michael Mann-directed film is full of Michael Mann-isms, many of them familiar from, and done better in, “Heat.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Slightly radical in portraying high schoolers as human beings of normal niceness and intelligence. That means this winsome comedy is a little low in the stakes department, not to mention predictable, but it gets an “A” for charm.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Run All Night is routine in its contours, occasionally sloppy in its editing and filled with the usual implausibilities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Ex Machina offers plenty of intriguing style but a spotty story line.
    • 63 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This serviceable remake sticks fairly closely and smartly to the same plot, with the same scary objects and even the line, “They’re here.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is elegantly done, mainly because it wisely expends most of its energy on Alicia Vikander’s face.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Don’t expect the real dirt on “Saturday Night Live” from the doc Live From New York! The movie is fun, but it’s a cinematic coffee-table book.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Ted 2 has so many mo–ments of crazy brilliance that I laughed a lot, if infrequently. Is a ballplayer who whiffs four balls but knocks the fifth one 500 feet worth watching? I say yes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Looking at the Mexican drug wars from both sides of the border, Cartel Land is punchy and vital but not particularly informative.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A movie that won’t knock you out with originality but may charm you with its wit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie putters along as softly as Wendy drives. Despite its lack of narrative horsepower, though, its character sketches are pleasing. And amusing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everyone's Hero, a tame CGI cartoon for the simple-minded: the very young, the very old and Yankee fans.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A buffet of dumb and degrading stunts halfway between Looney Tunes and Abu Ghraib?
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    To kill 80 minutes, the movie has to pad itself with several dull speeches and stagy moments. The worst? How about when the five men, who have ample reason to fear each other and are facing a life-or-death reckoning, whistle "Ode to Joy" together like a bunch of Whiffenpoofs?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The minimalist style keeps the suspense warm. The movie is unusual among teen horror flicks in that it largely avoids the usual cheap thrills and bursts of scare music. Instead, it carefully repeats isolated images and sound bites until they take on a shivery power.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As the movie's feet get stuck in its own misery, it made me appreciate "Trainspotting" all over again - its wit, how it moved, the way any outcome for its characters seemed possible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Has the kind of soulful subject matter that will strike some as profoundly emotional, but it gets a flag for roughing the tear ducts. This isn't football - it's cornball.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As DJ, Columbus Short eases his way through the movie without trying to impress us too much, which is welcome, but he's also a little bland around the edges.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Hitcher is the Jessica Simpson of psycho killer flicks - cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Dividing its loyalties between documentary and fictional narrative, it lacks the advantages of belonging to either side.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Billed as a comedy about a single dad with three girls, the movie is essentially another sudser about the plight of upscale black women in Atlanta.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    300
    Sensory gluttony is reason enough to see a movie, and few epics overstuff the eyes like this one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It follows exactly the same path as both "Glory Road" (except that was basketball) and "Gridiron Gang" (football).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Combines the sweet strangeness of "Fargo" with the existential panic of "Memento" and some Elmore Leonard tough talk. It all creates a cinematic tummy ache.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This stuff is strictly run of DeMille.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Alan Rickman holds the film together.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    IF you like rap, you'll probably enjoy The Hip Hop Project. I don't like rap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The silliest sci-fi movie since "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Great Playwrights for Dummies series that began with "Shakespeare in Love" continues with Molière, a French clone of that grating and smarmy Best Picture winner.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The tone is good-natured enough to make a simple movie semi-watchable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie is a gentle British ensemble comedy much like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - minus the four weddings and four-fifths of the wit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It has cult item stamped all over it, and fans of (severely) experimental cinema might see it as a revelation. Most others will find that watching this movie is like having your senses beaten with a rake.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    But improbable situations, heavy reliance on coincidence and an improbable climax nearly tip the film into TV-movie territory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendition has the depth of a bumper sticker without the brevity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Too slow to be a guilty pleasure and too dumb to be an innocent one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The documentary Darfur Now proves that - no matter how im portant the subject matter - following various people around with a camera doesn't necessarily make a film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since the thing is increasingly impatient to jump forward to the next big torture set piece, there isn't any time to establish anyone's character. Butcher shops are bloody, too, but they're not scary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A pretentious left-wing monster movie with about 15 minutes of alarming creatures and a whole lot of bickering, is a pre-9/11 story which Stephen King wrote eons ago. It operates in the post-9/11 era about as well as a Studebaker at the Daytona 500.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A barbell of a movie that carries some weight at either end. What's in between is purely utilitarian, though.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I understood two words of Youth Without Youth: "The End."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Adults will sniff out a general air of phoniness - the period detail isn't particularly convincing, and the Scottish factor is overcooked to the point where the script starts to resemble the national cuisine.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie is well-acted, but it's as talky as if it were written for the stage, with fatally slow pacing. Strictly for hard-core Sayles fans and maybe for lovers of American roots music.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Combines unpleasantness and stupidity to a degree that would be difficult to match unless you were stuck in bed with a case of the shingles while being forced to watch “The Ghost Whisperer."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Overrun with malicious goblins, a vengeance-minded pig, a fast-moving troll and a giant horned ogre, but the true source of terror is scarier than all of these combined: New York real estate prices.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Romero's we're-all-doomed-and-maybe-we-deserve-it pessimism is so extreme he would fit right in with a real group of brain-eaters: the French.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The last time I saw this much talent in a losing cause was Super Bowl XLII. Trying to mix farce with heart, Drillbit Taylor is instead as soulful as Kenny G and as wacky as public television.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It puts a conservative twist on Michael Moore-ism, with campy stock footage, deadpan humor, mocking musical cues and less-than-ingenuous questions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    By the end, we wind up pretty much where we were four years ago when the pictures first appeared in the papers: Inexperienced troops did disgusting things, but it's a mystery who else knew.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An '80s coming-of-age comedy with more energy than ideas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Mongol really isn't worth leaving your yurt for.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Wraps a sari around the kind of suffering-housewife picture that became a cliché 30 years ago.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When I go to a Mummy movie, I don't want ninjas and yetis and men turned to stone. I want embalmed corpses and hieroglyphics. I want pharaoh. I want pyramids and sphinxes and Ace bandages. Did "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" take place on the Nile?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    With its array of chases and shootouts and a sinister political plot, the movie at least holds your attention and keeps things brisk-ish. But every scene still bears the tags of the place from which it was stolen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Edward's a remarkable young gentleman when you consider the hell he's been through: It turns out he's always 17, his fate to keep repeating high school, forever and ever. If that's my only option, kindly burn me at the stake.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bulk of the movie consists of scene after scene coyly setting up the same ironic juxtaposition, in the exact same way, about innocence vs. Nazism.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An Irish indie that is well-observed and well-acted - but ultimately, not much more exciting than the love lives of its lead characters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of Good, a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The horror flick The Uninvited is not unclever - but it is unoriginal.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Watching this movie is like listening to Michael Jackson tell you what real men are like.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film gets one star from me for the admirable brevity of its running time and another for the definite article in its title, seemingly an implicit promise that there will be no sequel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even for a French drama, Summer Hours is so slow as to be practically still.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie falls into the same uneasy category as "Eight Legged Freaks": too tongue-in-cheek to be thrilling, not funny enough to be a comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the Food Network meets The Weather Channel meets . . . the Scary Doomsday Preachers Channel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The strange thing about the movie is its idea that such couples are rare flowers. But you can scarcely take a step in Seattle or San Francisco or Los Feliz without meeting them in hordes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Drag Me to Hell is pure cheese. Goat cheese.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Doesn't offer plot or an inquiry into the evil in men's hearts. It simply wallows in the filth and inhumanity that surround a father and his pre-adolescent son as they march across the shattered remains of this country.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be a dour, shouty atheist manifesto. With a change of scenery it could have been called "Godless in Seattle."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Having seen the trailer for Brothers and now the finished film, I feel as though I just watched the trailer twice.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Fourth Kind has a clever gimmick and nothing more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Among cutesy pop musical trios aimed at nondiscerning audiences, I'll take Alvin and Co. over the Jonas Brothers any day.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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