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 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Harks back to a 1960s idea of what a horror film should be.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I didn't buy how The Next Three Days plays out - but I almost bought it, and that's good enough for a thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones "documentary" (i.e. concert film) is a first: the only Scorsese film that does not feature the Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Really. I think the Dalai Lama even hummed the guitar solo in "Kundun."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like "Once," this film is a tender little piece of heartbreak.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    White trash meets white collar in Extract, Mike Judge's workplace comedy -- which contains more reality than the last five documentaries I've seen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The doggedness and good will of these men are irresistible as they pick up on the American dream, finding work and even college educations while trying to locate their missing relatives back home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There are several adorable musical numbers that make excellent use of Adams. Segel's dancing is . . . well, he reminded me of a huge star: Big Bird.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An eyeball party. The score by Daft Punk, which veers from homages to Hans Zimmer's thundery work in "The Dark Knight" to a retro-'80s synth sound, surpasses magnificence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A hilarious Parker Posey provides her customary blast of brittle energy in Price Check, an engaging corporate comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Fightville, you had me at "gladiator school."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is so heavily weighted toward the Simmons character that no one else really gets to breathe. And though McBride's shtick is brilliant - he could get rich by playing variations on this character for the next few years, and probably will.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As filthy as the back of a sanitation truck — but it has heart, too. Most of the comedy is funny, some of it is hilarious.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    If (like me) you have a parental obsession with brainwashing your children to adore everything from Sinatra to “Shake It Off,” Sing may be your most effective weapon since “Happy Feet.”
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Steve Jobs is a tale of two men, not one: A more accurate, not to say wittier, title would have been “Steve Jobs and Aaron Sorkin.”
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Directed with great sensitivity by Norway’s Joachim Trier, the film is superbly, subtly acted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Probably no studio mulls its “brands” as obsessively as Disney does, and The Jungle Book is very much a careful, calculated brand extension, not a reinvention. But that’s just fine: What better lesson to teach kids than respect for what came before you?
    • 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?

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