For 1,223 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
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 56 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Score distribution:
1,223 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A Skinemax movie cloaked in art-house fancy dress, the sex thriller Chloe might have worked better as an out-and-out popcorn flick starring, say, Jennifer Lopez.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You could say the 3-D animated kidpic How To Train Your Dragon is "Avatar" for simpletons. But that title is already taken, by "Avatar."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There isn't anything especially wrong with Who Do You Love but there's nothing here that cries out to be seen, either. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/who_do_you_love_VZgyGvsv0ruc9teHrzQIlJ#ixzz0kcaj8Mwl
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Like "Sex and the City 2," Marmaduke features well-coifed bitches in heat, nonstop puns and its very own Mr. Big. Unlike "SATC 2," this one is harmless and, on occasion, mildly witty.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The main reason for Winter's Bone to exist is that it delivers a little voyeuristic thrill -- a bit of poverty porno -- for the critics who awarded it their highest honors at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As things pick up in the second half, the splendid photography and tempestuous John Adams score cannot quite conceal that the film is uncomfortably close to being an extravagantly elongated, Fendi-clad episode of "Dynasty."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you've seen "Gone With the Wind," you've seen what Love in the Time of Cholera isn't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Salt contains many conflicts: intelligence vs. counterintelligence, blond Angelina vs raven-haired and . . . well, that's about it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Starts out as a hilarious take on cop-movie cliches, then turns into Will Ferrell's own "Capitalism: A Love Story."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A big warm cinematic jelly doughnut stuffed with youth, vitality, style, whimsy and other equally alarming properties. I tried to love it. But after 20 minutes, I sensed I was intruding on the movie's love affair with itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Tillman Story purports to be an exposé of the cover-up of the death by friendly fire of the Army Ranger and one time NFL star Pat Tillman. But, provocative and colorful as the film is, it does the very thing it denounces -- massaging the facts to seize Tillman for a political agenda.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even if the movie had more shadings, though, Marshall's political point would undo his he-man action-flick format. If you're looking for a rallying cry to make the emotions sizzle, "Quagmire!" isn't it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fair Game stars three imposing performers -- Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Sean Penn's lavish and intemperate hair, a fuming gusher of crazy-ass Sweeney Todd locks that dominates every scene. I couldn't tear my eyes from it, maybe because I couldn't maintain focus on anything else in this histrionic and shamelessly misleading wonk-work.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since this low-grade comedy doesn't really even attempt to be funny, the purpose of the movie is to establish (or reinforce) a feeling of luxurious old-timey melancholy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Gwyneth Paltrow. If you buy that progression, you'll buy Country Strong, an unintentionally campy drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film achieves a mild uptick in the final act, with a surprise change of heart and a race to save a little girl, but up till then it's thickly earnest -- a conquista-bore.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you're in the mood for a clichéd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Limitless may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An essential document of bad taste that needs to go right into the time capsule. History must not forget.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Creepy spirits in old-timey dress, ear-stabbing sound cues, slamming doors and bloody handprints: The horror flick Insidious isn't scared to be trite.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Hanna doesn't go wrong immediately. It takes at least 2½ minutes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Why doesn't anybody just buy a gun? I guess the female characters spent all their money on tight tank tops.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vine yard wedding in Jumping the Broom. Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Suspenseful though it is, the movie is quiet to the point of being sleepy, and Worthington is simply not working out as a screen star.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I suppose you have to give credit to the movie for coming up with some badass killer mermaids.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lenny this is not. Still, it's nice to know that the son of a lawyer and a microbiologist can get into Harvard and make something of himself.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Idiocy can be funny, but let's not forget that for all of this movie's aspirations to be out-there, it relies on the staple of the sitcom mentality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The documentary Tabloid shows that an oddball lead character and a smirky style do not necessarily add up to a complete movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie.

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