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 Last Days in Vietnam
Lowest review score: 0 Constellation
Score distribution:
1,219 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Name names, please. Or shut up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The teen movie The Spectacular Now begins like “Say Anything” but soon turns into “Drink Anything.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No
    No, which has been nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is largely a gimmick picture: At all times, it looks like hastily assembled news footage shot on grainy videotape in 1988. That means light flaring up to spoil the image, bumpy camerawork, a nearly square picture and all-around grubbiness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Inherent Vice, meandering even by Anderson’s standards, is easily the worst of his movies, a soporific 2½-hour endurance test.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I’m probably more intrigued than 99.3 percent of the American public by the idea of deconstructing the hidden symbols in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” but the theories proposed in the doc Room 237 aren’t eye-opening. They’re laughable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Moreover, in attempting to update the play to a buzzing CNN world, Ralph Fiennes proves that as a director, he makes a fine actor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The similar Kevin Bacon HBO movie "Taking Chance" got there first. Worse news: The earlier movie was sober, meticulous and quietly convincing, not a shouty, shoddy bore like this piece of flummery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Every Little Step shows only this: It hurts to flunk an audition, and it's nice to get hired. Everything it has to say about Broadway was said better in Bob Fosse's movie "All That Jazz" -- in its opening five minutes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    With Philomena, British producer-writer-star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears hit double blackjack, finding a true-life tale that would enable them to simultaneously attack Catholics and Republicans. There’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn’t been overly difficult.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The laziness of this filmmaking (which assumes you know that Gray killed himself in 2004) is of a piece with the emphatically uninteresting tales told by a classic dinner-party bore who once referred to his ramblings as "creative narcissism." He was half-right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No, this film by director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre just isn’t funny, and the mismatched leads aren’t even interesting together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Guardians of the Galaxy brings to mind some of the most unforgettable sci-fi event movies of the last 30 years. Alas, those films are “Howard the Duck” and “Green Lantern.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It contains no poetry. It simply conjures up a horrible feeling -- and then sits back awaiting congratulation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is not liberal or conservative, either; it's a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole. His documentaries are political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or a fourth Stooge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Few kinds of art are more boring than the insistently transgressive, and few movies are more boring than Humpday.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even for a mumblecore film, Computer Chess is weak stuff, a punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jacques Rivette's film is full of painstaking historical detail, but the behavior of the two nonlovers is mired in inaction and emotionally incomprehensible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The only possible interest the movie will inspire in anyone comes when Paltrow flashes a breast toward the end, far too late to pump any excitement into an aggressively boring film that gurgles with self-indulgence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The nicest thing I can think of to say about the doc Neil Young Journeys is that at least it isn't in 3-D.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This film is narratively inert (we spend a lot of time listening to the same questions being asked over and over) and, like virtually all docs in its genre, less than vigorous in its pursuit of truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I've seen a lot of rip-offs of "The Truman Show" and a lot of rip-offs of "Scream." I guess I have to give credit to The Cabin in the Woods for ripping off both at once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Only rarely does the film present a genuine insight, such as the observation that many black people loved to dress up in their finest for church because, during the week, they were so often dressed as servants and manual laborers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This indie documentary is egregiously Hollywood in spirit. That a take-charge white football coach can buck up a place like Manassas HS with some gridiron grit is a lie we want to believe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There needs to be a 12-step program for movie people to stop sharing their "deeply personal" yet insight-free stories of addiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The misleading documentary Trumbo paints a golden nimbus of holiness around the onetime highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood, Dalton Trumbo, an on-the-record hater of democracy, defender of authoritarian rule and avowed Communist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is, as you'd expect, rubbish, but the word is slightly too kind. The David Fincher film (like the very similar Swedish one - released in the US just last year! - and the book) is not even good rubbish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through Chronicle is the power to supersuck.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Ho-ho-huh? Arthur Christmas is an animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package. Maybe they should have called it "UPS Man: The Movie."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Let’s say you wanted to have another go at “Red Dawn” but you think more like Redford. Voilà: You’d have The East, a cockamamie valentine to eco-terrorism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Let us return to reality (all this happened less than three years ago; do documentarians think we don't read the papers?).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cinematic listicle of misleading economic talking points.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Anything can happen when Michael Cera wanders around Chile without a script on a mission to get high on mescaline. Or, in the case of Crystal Fairy, nothing could happen, too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A slow train to Dullsville that makes all local stops. You know a film is in trouble if the most interesting thing in it is the luggage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A sour, plotless and witless comedy-drama based on the final Mordecai Richler novel, wants to remind you of "Sideways" and its forlorn drink-moistened soul search. Giamatti is an ideal casting choice, but even this talented actor can't sell a lovable-jerk
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    To compete with the quintessence of nullity that is Sofia Coppola's insufferable Somewhere, imagine a film called "Wanna See Me Crack My Knuckles?" or possibly "Let's Learn How Long It Takes This Shallow Dish of Liquid To Evaporate."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If you're wondering why this movie must stretch past two hours, it's because it takes that long to read every item in the cliché dictionary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Banal at the beginning and preposterous at the close, the British horror film Kill List jumbles together wildly incongruous ingredients to create a dramatic mush.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Almost without exception, the men are either sickening deviants or wise mentors while the ladies tend to be kickboxing hipsters or victims of sexual abuse (many are both).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jon Stewart’s filmmaking debut Rosewater has much in common with “The Daily Show” — it’s blaringly obvious, it’s naive, it plays to the cheap seats and it’s enamored with cheap jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Time for another of Steven Soderbergh's "experimental," i.e., half-assed, films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Neil Jordan’s Byzantium dares to rework “Twilight” with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A documentary that uses against Atwater images of lynch mobs, decades-old racist comments of his onetime boss Strom Thurmond, and a clip of Bryant Gumbel calling him "the architect of the evil campaign."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stakes aren't the only problem with this sloppy thriller, which combines careening images with turgid storytelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This genre flat-lined a long time ago. Why won't it stay dead?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film by Yasuhiro Yoshiura suffers from many of the same flaws as other anime features — a plodding pace, broad humor, a bland heroine and snarly, one-dimensional villains.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the appalling documentary If a Tree Falls, a narrator referring to an arson attack by the Earth Liberation Front solemnly intones, "In one night, they had accomplished what years of picketing and writing had never been able to do." Well, yes -- terrorism does make short work of red tape, doesn't it?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A great writer deserves a more penetrating and inquisitive documentary: Reverence is not the path to understanding.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A depressing and tedious movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Satire is merciless; it demands that mocker be superior to mockee.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    What happens when several characters' lives intertwine with the maggot-infested corpse of a prostitute in The Dead Girl? A whole lot of crying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The film is an exposé only of a filmmaker's senseless contempt for the military.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This is essentially a student film offering nothing but absurdly contrived coincidence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is neither an affecting romance (Coco even considers marrying Balsan because "I'd achieve social status") nor an inspiring success story. Chanel sold herself to one guy, happened to get customers through him, and took a start-up loan from another lover.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comic adventure that suffers from a dearth of both laughs and thrills.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fake documentaries annoy me — why not put in the effort and deliver the real thing? — and this one is not only aimless and stiff, it also rings false.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It raises tangled questions about whether it is better to live humiliated or arm yourself, yet for the most part it's dramatically inert, talky and directionless, and it ends quietly without saying much of anything.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Combines a sketch-comedy premise with pacing like a philosophy seminar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The French affection (affectation?) for conversational film reaches absurd proportions in the talkathon Domain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Che
    You can't spell cliché without Che. And as I endured this mad dream directed - or perhaps committed - by Steven Soderbergh, I wondered where I'd seen it all before. The booted stomping through the greensward, the jungly target shooting? It's a remake of Woody Allen's "Bananas," right?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Nothing But the Truth is like listening to the fourth-best debater in middle school present a term paper called "Politics, Power and the Media."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You know those one-joke "Saturday Night Live" sketches that start to age after six minutes? Blades of Glory is one joke that lasts 93 minutes, costs $11 and could involve sitting next to a guy who retells the movie into his cellphone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 0 Kyle Smith
    State of Play is bordered by the states of absurdity and cliché.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    DiCaprio and Connelly give off the sexual tension of pickled herring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If I wanted to spend $10.75 making myself sick, I'd buy a bottle of cheap tequila.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even I realize that other people's babies are boring. So is Babies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Proves that what might be (but probably isn't) worth five minutes of your time while you're passing through the Times Square subway station really isn't worth a 1 1/2-hour movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This "Alfie" meets "Boogie Nights" bio fizzles because, although Sassoon never stops talking, he never says anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There may be a lot left to say about Hurricane Katrina, but if so, I'm Carolyn Parker doesn't say it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A caper comedy that forgot to put in the laughs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Made to win awards, and I'm here to present it with one: the Cliché of the Year honors, otherwise known as the Hackney.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Picture "Fargo" played with no sense of comedy, and you'll get some idea of the absurdity of this drunken floozy, clicking and wobbling on high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The villains are all wrong, the motivations are muddy, even the gadgetry is off. And the swaggering genius at the center of it all has become a preening fool.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A sleazy and pointless film about sleazy and pointless people, Killer Joe reminds us that what Quentin Tarantino does isn't easy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Everything is predictable three scenes in advance, and it's all stale, stuck, stolid.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Their '50s-style comedy mugging not only don't come across to Americans, it's hard to believe even New Zealanders would care.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If your film is as downbeat and deflated as this one, you had better be leading up to a more interesting insight than, "The older I get, the more I know that I don't know anyone."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Appalachian mountains get blown up to extract coal in the documentary The Last Mountain, a film in which activists are at least as hot as the TNT.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A pretentious Euro-snore that should occasion a fraud prosecution for any marketer who calls it a thriller -- and which stars an actor who seems to wish his name were Jorg Clooné.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At least there is a happy ending — DeChristopher, for wasting the government’s resources, properly served 21 months in federal prison. Now, he has moved on to Harvard Divinity School, where his sanctimony will serve him well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Less a movie than a checklist of indiecinema clichés. Youth on a journey of self-discovery? Got it. Dead mom? Uh-huh. Wounded and entitled when it’s trying to be soulful, plotless, laden with indie rock and entirely overhyped at Sundance? Checkarooney.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Shouldn’t Moore run his yellow crime-scene tape around the White House instead of Wall Street? Anyway, President Obama said this month that in cases where the government has fully sold its TARP bank holdings, it has gotten back its money plus 17 percent. Damn those capitalist barons, breaking into our treasury and filling it with their filthy money.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sundance Mopey Alienation Flick No. 4,228 is For Ellen, an empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This movie is basically “Spinal Tap” minus the jokes. Two of the band members have the word “Metallica” emblazoned on their clothing. Metallica — it’s the band that has to remind fans whom they’re watching!
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For a 99 percenter movie, then, Elysium is kind of a head-scratcher. It throws away its best opportunity for drama. It’s as if Han and Leia parked on the Death Star and started asking, “How much is a two-bedroom around here?”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A popcorn picture that thinks it’s “The Last Emperor,” The Karate Kid is about as likely to grab your youngster’s attention as any other propaganda film made by the Chinese government.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Swedish villains are this dumb, put me on the next plane to Stockholm. Just don't make me watch these idiotic movies on the flight.

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