For 1,267 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 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Mirror Mirror
Score distribution:
1,267 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Despite its excesses, Savage" is never unintentionally funny, just gritty and mean. The run time is more than two hours, yet it's also tight: no drag, no waste, no message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Illustrating the many ways nuclear weapons could kill you makes Countdown to Zero one of the most frightening documentaries you'll ever see, or endure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Rush, though it will win no trophies, is fine filmmaking, a smart, visually engorged, frequently thrilling tale of boyish competition — inspired by a true story. At heart it’s “Amadeus” on wheels, only this time Salieri is the Austrian.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Somm does a fairly impressive job of making wine tasting somewhat cinematic despite its being essentially unfilmable, at least until taste-o-vision comes along.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This isn't Mamet at his finest, though, which leaves us with a script that is merely three times as smart as the average feature.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nutty? Maybe. But a pungent blast of the cinema du bonkers is just what this summer's multiplexes need after weeks of bromide-stuffed retreads that are as smug about their lack of originality as packs of teen girls who dress exactly alike. Mock Jonah Hex if you must, but you can't say you've seen a lot of other supernatural Westerns lately.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dafoe proves to have the right blend of ruggedness and sensitivity for this conflicted hero. The actor's habit of maintaining a lavishly styled coiffure in all situations, even when his character is meant to be sleeping in the rain for days on end, is becoming distracting, though.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An affecting and beautifully realized documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The loose feel and sense for random comedy (as when a bore suddenly starts lecturing Coogan about the geological details of the cliff he is standing on) are spiffy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The oddly compelling documentary Moving Midway is an engineering tale combined with a family history and a ghost story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Forsaken in a cruel wilderness, a man looks to God and pleads for help. Receiving no answer, he says, "F- -k, I'll do it myself."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    France's Declaration of War has it all: comedy, romance, fantasy, musical interludes and a child with a brain tumor. Wait - what?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A scary, inventive, exciting and breathless adventure that combines the best elements of “Children of Men," “Escape from New York" and “The Road Warrior," but leaves out the worst stuff - such as the story-clogging despair and political allegory in “Children," a movie that made apocalypse look like kind of a downer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is as tender and endearing as a lamb, a lamb at rest in a fragrant atmosphere. It’s a film that has a determined, unironic respect for things past. It’s as if millennial hipsterism, with its feigned fascination for all things retro, took a surprising further step: actual respect for learning, for experience, for wisdom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director Jon S. Baird has devilish fun with the hilarious black-comic elements of Irvine Welsh’s novel, but the incessant bad behavior does get a wee bit monotonous, and the twist ending is disappointingly pat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So why does the Democratic Party hate him so much? The answer, as this valuable (if blatantly pro-Nader) documentary makes clear, is hypocrisy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like its star, the movie is too short and a little thin but just about perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Mesmerizing, eerie and unpredictably weird.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Maher's sense of humor deserts him in the end, though, when in an apocalyptic montage of fire and hate (bin Laden, Pat Robertson), he suggests all religions are equally bent on destruction of the Earth. It's fatuous to suggest that the Iraq war was launched because of religion or that belief in the Book of Revelation is the same as organizing terrorist attacks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Takes a bit of "Swingers" and a bit of "Manhattan" to create a slacktacular vision of uncertain youth in today's L.A.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be formulaic and broad but also skillfully paced and big-hearted, with a sharp cast of comics that makes the most of a sunny script.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A wicked little horror film in which nearly all of the violence takes place in your head, In Fear expertly builds terror out of not much more than two people driving around in a car.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An open- and-shut case, but that doesn't mean it can't also be an entertaining one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a Canadian "Six Feet Under," the indie dramedy Whole New Thing mixes characters (teen and adult, gay and straight, married and single) who seem both completely plausible and capable of anything.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Pity the crowds expecting another cute comedy like "Date Night" who wind up at Crazy, Stupid, Love. It'll be like asking for a burger and getting served escargot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, though, make the film emotionally rich.

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