For 1,473 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 13.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Constellation
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So there is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They don’t make ’em like A Walk Among the Tombstones any more. Mainly because everyone got bored with ’em and stopped watching ’em.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This unapologetic B-movie at least keeps the action rolling, and the time goes by quickly. To put it another way, I’d rather see Gerard Butler stab a terrorist in the neck than flirt with Katherine Heigl.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the Food Network meets The Weather Channel meets . . . the Scary Doomsday Preachers Channel.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At Berkeley casts a nonjudgmental eye on everyone from cement layers to students discussing Thoreau to administrators complaining about budgeting. If only everything were interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A scrapbook of bits from better Allen films that builds up to a hearty shrug.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Without an exceptionally skilled director of actors (such as Cameron Crowe), Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s mainly instructive in that it shows how liberals believe the end always justifies the means.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    No, Warcraft isn’t a ridiculous mess; it holds together on its own musclebound terms. It neither tries to be jokey nor undercuts itself by being unintentionally funny. And it offers a bit more complexity than some other nonstop action flicks adapted from video games. It’s a real movie, just not a good one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Spy
    Alas, “sad case” is not how we want to see McCarthy; it’s frustrating to see her spend more than half the movie being the pathetic target of jokes rather than the dominating figure she was in “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” both of which are far funnier than 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).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Misshapen, malodorous and firing its grubby tentacles across the room in a feeding frenzy, The Thing reminded me of a roomful of journalists immediately after someone announces Open Bar. The movie's victims disappear like cocktail peanuts and without a whole lot more significance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Calling Child 44 a mash-up of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Silence of the Lambs” doesn’t do enough to capture how strange it is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An essential document of bad taste that needs to go right into the time capsule. History must not forget.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A cute, spunky found-footage thriller undone by a lumpy plot and a weak ending, Operation Avalanche revisits the urban legend that the moon landing was faked, with some fresh twists.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In mashing together story elements from Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” with the look of Malick’s “Days of Heaven,” Lowery put 90 percent of his energy into the atmosphere and 10 percent into the script.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If the movie's story is anything but daring, it does takes guts to make a movie so shamelessly emotional as this one. Not that guts are the same as taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Beginning as an adorable romcom, Hungry Hearts morphs into a disturbing but not particularly illuminating story of mental illness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you're in the mood for a clichéd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Engaging as it is to look at, this stop-motion animation film from the young Oregon studio Laika seems to have been masterminded by people thinking, “Everyone loves Pixar. So let’s do everything the opposite!” Admirably contrarian. Like being cast overboard and calling out for an anvil.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The danger of trying to do a supernatural comedy-romance is that you’ll wind up being as funny as “Twilight,” with all the raw sexual energy of “Bewitched.” Beautiful Creatures isn’t quite that bad, though it did make me long for the cleverer “Dark Shadows.”
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Unfortunately, the film turns out to be not quite as twisty as promised: it’s less a pretzel than it is a Cheez Curl. And I do mean cheez: The resolution, when it comes, is wholly lacking in nutritional value.

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