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

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 De Palma
Lowest review score: 0 September Dawn
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is Beatty’s first film in 15 years, a project he’s been working on for 40 years, and it’s immensely pleasing to see him in such fine form. Or, as his obsessive-compulsive subject would say, such fine form. Such fine form.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Najafi stages action scenes with an intense, queasy beauty and elevates what is in its outlines a routine crime drama to near-operatic proportions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Mia Goth is as fine a name as can be imagined for the actress playing a creepy, hollow waif in A Cure for Wellness, and her name is practically a tag line for this fantastically eerie movie: “Me a Gothic!”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Instead of trying to make Austen's life entertaining by pretending it was just like her work - as in the dull recent French movie "Molière" - Becoming Jane has a more astute appreciation of how Austen, or any fiction writer, works. There's a bit of stealing from life, lots of exaggeration, some wish fulfillment, mix-and-match character assembly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its personal, newsmagazine touch will make your heart ache for its cross-section of humanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How English is this movie? As English as a cold, rainy day at the beach. As English as the politeness that masks hostility, as English as a pie that contains meat, as English as secretly wishing you lived in some other country.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The eye-popping and entertaining The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader offers a merry seafaring jaunt together with plenty of adventures led by magically empowered kids.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Rising star Michael Shannon makes a riveting shamus hired to chase a runaway husband in the quiet but resonant little noir The Missing Person.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    None of this is ever quite as great as it is in Spielberg’s work, but it’s reasonably close; the worst you can say about the movie is that it sticks to a highly potent formula.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Way, Way Back is balanced, satisfying, wholesome. Dig in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    We may not need another IRA movie, but even so, Ken Loach's Brit-bashing historical drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winner of the top prize at Cannes last year, raises hard questions about Ireland's uncanny ability to kneecap itself.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Coens, so cutting to so many of their characters, are gentler with Llewyn, inviting us to wander and wonder along with him as he ponders why he must forever play the jerk.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There aren’t enough movies in which Tina Fey fires an AK-47 while grinning maniacally. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot turns out to make excellent use of her established skills while revealing new ones: It’s “30 Rock Me to the Casbah.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It’s Margaux, the tragic supermodel and failed actress who took her own life at 42, who emerges as the film’s fount of heartbreak in several stunning scenes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There's a pleasing tension in the air as their relationship comes to seem like something of a contest: With two women this needy, who will out-crazy the other?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A viral blast of the American Dream. It's "Rocky" with a briefcase.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    To keep this one-man show visually engaging, director Sophie Fiennes places the professor in sets and costumes from the movies, talking about “Full Metal Jacket” from atop a barracks toilet and “Brief Encounter” from a 1940s British train.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director John Gray, who created "Ghost Whisperer" on TV, is a son of Brooklyn whose love for the borough is as thick as a pint of Guinness, and he keeps finding fresh ways to present familiar plot points.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Roger Ebert makes an unusual candidate for a documentary: He was a writer, which isn’t cinematic, and not the swashbuckling kind. He didn’t go to war zones, just movies.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Isn't especially hilarious, but it has a warm sense of humor instead of a string of gross-out jokes. It'll be a cable mainstay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Zombieland is still the funniest broad comedy since "The Hangover." Its yowling, marching, munching corpses are as scary as grad students and as hilarious as the plot of "G.I. Joe."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    First-time writer-director Adam Reid has a lightly endearing touch as he allows the actors plenty of space to be warm without being cute.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    De Palma is extreme, visceral, usually in bad taste but almost always riveting. De Palma's Redacted, a no-budget fake documentary that imagines the circumstances behind a real rape and murder of a civilian girl committed by US troops in Iraq, is a piece of anti-war propaganda whose aims I don't agree with, but it jolted me nonetheless.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Based on the true story of the world's largest counterfeiting operation, The Counterfeiters is full of the weird details that, though unsurprising on one level, are so jarringly wrong that they seem fresh: As a reward for producing 134 million pounds sterling, the prisoners get a pingpong table.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As Popper himself notices, his and the penguins' saga gets so endearing that it could have been narrated by Morgan Freeman.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It’s Peele’s first film, but it has none of the rough edges or self-indulgence you’d expect from a rookie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    "HP6" is suspenseful and artfully realized. It's a definite improvement over J.K. Rowling's dimly written and exposition-clogged book.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Best of Enemies illustrates how even literary swashbucklers can be reduced to schoolboy behavior.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Camp often means a lack of feeling and generalized disdain; not so in Spork, which has as much heart as "Sixteen Candles."

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