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 12.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 0 The Tortured
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The horror flick The Uninvited is not unclever - but it is unoriginal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Watching this movie is like listening to Michael Jackson tell you what real men are like.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Graham Greene's guilt-and-gangsters tale "Brighton Rock" gets an even more melodramatic telling than in the 1947 film version courtesy of first-time director Rowan Joffe, whose histrionic adaptation screams "student film" with practically every frame.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Long on heart if short on surprises, Big Stone Gap is an easygoing visit to small-town America.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Clipped, controlled and composed, Jackie Kennedy was a woman of her times, but since composure doesn’t win you Oscar nominations, Natalie Portman opts to play the part with a sort of emotional incontinence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Most of the best gags are in the early going and the film seems ever more stretched and thin as it goes on. It would have made a brilliant eight-minute sketch, though.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie, told from the killer’s point of view, is genuinely unsettling and propelled by a terrific, buzzing synth soundtrack straight out of the early ’80s. But the only suspense is in which woman will be the next victim.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Don’t expect too much of Heist — it’s a cheesy formula picture all the way — but it has solid character foundations, the occasional bright line of dialogue (“Cops, this is robbers,” Morgan says on a phone call) and a neat final twist. As throwbacks go, it’s more bearable than shoulder pads.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Cody’s satiric knocks on Christians couldn’t be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing. Even former star Brand has learned to dial back his manic mugging, though maybe not quite enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendition has the depth of a bumper sticker without the brevity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    IF you like rap, you'll probably enjoy The Hip Hop Project. I don't like rap.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Burton may give us a bland hero, a tepid love story and a muddled plot but, hey, at least he’s got a skeleton army doing battle with giant tentacle monsters at an amusement park.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    American Hustle is a movie that was built backward, or inside out: It puts actors’ needs before the audience’s. There’s no heart under those polyester lapels, and what all that Aqua Net is pasting together is a few sparse strands of wispy story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    After the first two “Captain America” entries, the finest comic-book movies of the last five years, this one is disappointing. The story doesn’t make sense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    For a sex movie, Norwegian Wood is about as dry as a pocketful of sand. Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The silliest sci-fi movie since "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Fourth Kind has a clever gimmick and nothing more.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.

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