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

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 The Seven Five
Lowest review score: 0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Affleck eschews all the actors’ clichés — burning intensity, soulful suffering, haunted brooding. It’s a magnificently interior performance, the sort of acting that doesn’t call attention to itself but draws us in to peer closer.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In the compelling but slow-moving Iranian film A Separation, a downbeat family drama of no particular distinction gradually turns into a mystery that raises painful moral questions. There may be several guilty parties.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Stretched both timewise and for plausibility.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    La La Land deserves credit for high spirits even if it’s essentially a collection of glamorous throwback music videos for so-so songs.
    • 92 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Some documentaries are a fervent search for truth; others are a fervent search for snickers. This one is the latter, providing via interviews and old film clips a Greatest Hits for Bush haters.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Mostly a routine love story elevated by one of the year’s most magnetic performances.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A desperado drama wrapped around a Bernie Sanders campaign speech, Hell or High Water overcomes its vapid political leanings with loads of West Texas atmosphere, smart dialogue and acutely observed relationships.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There’s something strange and dreamlike and delicate and beautiful about Anomalisa, an animated film for grown-ups that takes a long while to make its point, but does so with a dark brilliance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It’s the sweet sincerity of Brooklyn that stamps it as both refreshing and nostalgic. The film is as welcome as a photo you just discovered of your mother before you were born, in which she looks prettier than you ever imagined.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is still a gripping experience, though, with its circling sharks, its sun-dappled beauty and its agonies of shattered hope. At one point I was convinced that Sandra Bullock would splash down next to our man in her space capsule and Hanks’ Maersk ship from “Captain Phillips” would steam by to pick up both of them.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though far too long for its wisp of a plot, this stylish film has a nerve-cinching grip that makes it more alarming than most horror flicks, let alone most movies about a couple having a tiff.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    That the story has largely gone untold is a shame, and Kennedy (daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy) has done a service to the country in reminding us.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There’s an exhilarating sadness to it all that amounts to cinematic poetry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is more a situation than a narrative, and it's repetitive and depressing. One interrupter -- a murderer who did 14 years in prison -- says of the program, "In essence, it's just a Band-Aid." At best: One of his colleagues gets shot in the back for his peacekeeping effort.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's mainly about a supremely annoying French-born LA clothier who became a hugely successful artist without pausing to consider his utter lack of originality or talent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Ridiculous comedies can be fine, but the ones that matter creep up close to the truth. This one lives in it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Thanks to his (Oldman) mastery, and Alfredson's, no film this year left me hungrier for a sequel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film, then, places a heavy hand on the scales of justice as it winds up with a fuzzy plea — an implied demand for a second, federal civil rights trial for the cop, who got a light sentence. But the shooting wasn’t a racist one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Director Alfonso Cuarón has a vision so mesmerizingly terrible that it alone - at least, for those who enjoy a gorgeous nightmare - is reason enough to see the film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Dropping by on the same people every seven years like an old friend - or an unwelcome relative - Apted has constructed a peerless, suspenseful work that develops character to a depth that would make Tolstoy jealous. If you have any interest in documentaries, watch the DVD of the first film, "7 Up" (49 Up hits DVD Nov. 14). You won't be able to stop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Any parent who has ever scrambled desperately to find a doll to appease a wailing child as though it were a life-and-death situation will appreciate the wit of this multilayered, dread-soaked chamber piece.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    All three segments are heavy on blame-America speeches, which may be a fair snapshot of Iraqi opinion, but it's strange how fond Longley seems to be of Saddam Hussein.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Can’t possibly deserve your close attention. Yet it does, with distilled honky-tonk poetry and generous good humor. It’s one of the year’s best, most deeply felt films.

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