For 1,127 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Watchmen
Lowest review score: 0 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Score distribution:
1,127 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Name names, please. Or shut up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The teen movie The Spectacular Now begins like “Say Anything” but soon turns into “Drink Anything.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No
    No, which has been nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is largely a gimmick picture: At all times, it looks like hastily assembled news footage shot on grainy videotape in 1988. That means light flaring up to spoil the image, bumpy camerawork, a nearly square picture and all-around grubbiness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I’m probably more intrigued than 99.3 percent of the American public by the idea of deconstructing the hidden symbols in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” but the theories proposed in the doc Room 237 aren’t eye-opening. They’re laughable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Moreover, in attempting to update the play to a buzzing CNN world, Ralph Fiennes proves that as a director, he makes a fine actor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The similar Kevin Bacon HBO movie "Taking Chance" got there first. Worse news: The earlier movie was sober, meticulous and quietly convincing, not a shouty, shoddy bore like this piece of flummery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Every Little Step shows only this: It hurts to flunk an audition, and it's nice to get hired. Everything it has to say about Broadway was said better in Bob Fosse's movie "All That Jazz" -- in its opening five minutes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    With Philomena, British producer-writer-star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears hit double blackjack, finding a true-life tale that would enable them to simultaneously attack Catholics and Republicans. There’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn’t been overly difficult.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The laziness of this filmmaking (which assumes you know that Gray killed himself in 2004) is of a piece with the emphatically uninteresting tales told by a classic dinner-party bore who once referred to his ramblings as "creative narcissism." He was half-right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It contains no poetry. It simply conjures up a horrible feeling -- and then sits back awaiting congratulation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is not liberal or conservative, either; it's a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole. His documentaries are political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or a fourth Stooge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Few kinds of art are more boring than the insistently transgressive, and few movies are more boring than Humpday.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even for a mumblecore film, Computer Chess is weak stuff, a punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jacques Rivette's film is full of painstaking historical detail, but the behavior of the two nonlovers is mired in inaction and emotionally incomprehensible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The only possible interest the movie will inspire in anyone comes when Paltrow flashes a breast toward the end, far too late to pump any excitement into an aggressively boring film that gurgles with self-indulgence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The nicest thing I can think of to say about the doc Neil Young Journeys is that at least it isn't in 3-D.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This film is narratively inert (we spend a lot of time listening to the same questions being asked over and over) and, like virtually all docs in its genre, less than vigorous in its pursuit of truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I've seen a lot of rip-offs of "The Truman Show" and a lot of rip-offs of "Scream." I guess I have to give credit to The Cabin in the Woods for ripping off both at once.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Only rarely does the film present a genuine insight, such as the observation that many black people loved to dress up in their finest for church because, during the week, they were so often dressed as servants and manual laborers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This indie documentary is egregiously Hollywood in spirit. That a take-charge white football coach can buck up a place like Manassas HS with some gridiron grit is a lie we want to believe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There needs to be a 12-step program for movie people to stop sharing their "deeply personal" yet insight-free stories of addiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The misleading documentary Trumbo paints a golden nimbus of holiness around the onetime highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood, Dalton Trumbo, an on-the-record hater of democracy, defender of authoritarian rule and avowed Communist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is, as you'd expect, rubbish, but the word is slightly too kind. The David Fincher film (like the very similar Swedish one - released in the US just last year! - and the book) is not even good rubbish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.