For 1,274 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 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 The Seven Five
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
1,274 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Oh, and one more thing the comedy of Jackass 3D has in common with "The Divine Comedy": Neither of them is funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fatally mild, slow and factory-made, Million Dollar Arm belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex. Like the ABC Family Channel — the entertainment industry minor leagues.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Plodding drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vine yard wedding in Jumping the Broom. Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There was a time when the climate-change alarmist movement was like a guy with a megaphone at your ear, but now it’s more like a squirrel at your shoelaces.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Director Zack Snyder's cerebral, scintillating follow-up to "300" seems, to even a weary filmgoer's eye, as fresh and magnificent in sound and vision as "2001" must have seemed in 1968, yet in its eagerness to argue with itself, it resembles "A Clockwork Orange."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Preposterous, slipshod, unfunny and emotionally null.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As portrayed by Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky weren't exactly Rhett & Scarlett.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A taut suspense flick for grown-ups.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Douchebag belies its abrasive title with a soft touch for two wobbly souls.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Harks back to a 1960s idea of what a horror film should be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Slightly radical in portraying high schoolers as human beings of normal niceness and intelligence. That means this winsome comedy is a little low in the stakes department, not to mention predictable, but it gets an “A” for charm.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Real Steel is to action what the Anthony Weiner habit was to sex: It's so virtual, so distant from the thrill, that you wonder what the point is. Do you really want to pay to watch an actor playing a kid who in turn plays what amounts to a video game?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The legend of Thompson is immortal, though, and it'll fall to each generation to jam him into its own mold. Depp and Robinson's view is that Thompson was like a mullet: a party in the back but all business upfront.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sheen's throwback portrayal is appealing enough, but flat characters, dull revelations and uninvolving complications make this deliberately small film feel nearly microscopic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen. It's "When Harry Did Sally."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Its priceless clips from the disco era aside, The Secret Disco Revolution laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The potential for suspense is dropped (there's a subplot about the receptionist's flight from her violent husband, but he appears in only a couple of scenes) in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This pointless study of a witless character is a sad waste of Law’s talents. The more zestily he delivers Dom’s profane tirades, the more you wish Shepard gave us a reason to care about this lout.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Unless the director was aiming for a Victorian "Black Christmas," though, he overshot his mark
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie has the feel of a weary business trip.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I'll grant that the film has many layers. All of them are terrible.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    When Hopkins' Hitch directs the audience by waving his hands like a symphony conductor - it's a nice callback to a Hannibal Lecter highlight - it's one of the best scenes of the year: a delightfully personal way to show how the story of "Psycho" concluded.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Turn the River lacks almost everything Eigeman has as a performer: charisma, wit and snappy delivery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Never before have I been so emotionally involved with an apple core, or seen salvation in a flip-flop. Taika Waititi, you had me at nunchuks.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A wet, red chunk of pulp that knows what it is and doesn't care.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bulk of the movie consists of scene after scene coyly setting up the same ironic juxtaposition, in the exact same way, about innocence vs. Nazism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not every movie can come from the heart: This one is from the crotch. But what’s left for the sequel? Maybe it’ll feature Mark and Denzel sporting matching leather codpieces or giving each other bikini waxes. We can only hope.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For all its glutinous cuteness, damn if About Time doesn’t sneak up and sock you in the tear ducts. I tried not to fall for it. I failed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The beginning and end are classics.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dialogue, we seem to have forgotten, matters, and the words — by the brutally funny screenwriter of “The Departed,” William Monahan — are electric eels, slithering and sinister and nasty. They sneak up and sting you, or sometimes tickle your toes. Lowlifes don’t actually talk this way? Yeah. But if only they did.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dire musical interludes are sprinkled throughout the sprawling mess Beloved, an uninvolving would-be romantic epic that spans 45 years in the life of a mother and her daughter, starting in the early 1960s.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Much has been made of the fact that Promised Land was partly funded by the enemies of our domestic gas industry - the foreign oil nabobs in the United Arab Emirates. But the film gets so cheesy that I suspect it was also secretly funded by Velveeta.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’d like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he’s equally terrible when he’s only on the soundtrack. And yet Cage is the least of the problems with The Croods.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendition has the depth of a bumper sticker without the brevity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is narrated by Russell Crowe, whose star power is probably the only reason it's being released here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Porno plus Parkinson's don't quite add up to sexy fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even for a horror movie, The Crazies is a bore, and we're talking about the most boring genre this side of dysfunctional-family indie drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A chilling pulp movie told with a pavement-eye view of the dregs of humanity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sometimes insightful, sometimes absurdly devotional but steadily engaging film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There’s a fine horror film inside Tusk, but it’s only 20 minutes long. The rest is just blubber.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Screamers, one of the most bizarre documentaries you'll ever not see.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It has cult item stamped all over it, and fans of (severely) experimental cinema might see it as a revelation. Most others will find that watching this movie is like having your senses beaten with a rake.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Liberal Arts comes to us produced by Josh Radnor. Written by Josh Radnor. Starring Josh Radnor. Josh Radnor is much like Woody Allen, except for the talent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is essentially a theater piece in which Nolan (Walker) is mostly alone on screen, making use of what he finds a la John McClane, but without the smart pacing or inventiveness of “Die Hard.”
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie has enough big-city wickedness and merry cruelty to keep things skittering unpredictably.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It follows exactly the same path as both "Glory Road" (except that was basketball) and "Gridiron Gang" (football).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie.
    • 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
    The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago Cubs fan. Tying those three things together is a task that the witty script does with surprising adroitness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Directed by journeyman actor Matthew Lillard, this tame and by-the-numbers effort never succeeds in making the outcast situation cinematic or interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At the end, as I stumbled back onto the street as disoriented and grateful as a released POW, I thought I'd need a calendar to calculate the length of time I'd been away.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Familiar elements such as a dark family secret, a ghost and a Ouija board start to seem trite after a while, and the third act is a little ridiculous, but debut writer-director Nicholas McCarthy does a lot with a little and seems fully prepared to handle a big-studio horror project.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In To Rome With Love, Allen approaches the leitmotif in a strange, oblique and interesting way. I fear, though, that the Italian entry in his "Let's Go: Grab Some Euro-Film Subsidies" period will be remembered as being forgettable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The entire script, which boils down to a hopelessly embarrassing lesson about "this beautiful place that can make people live again," seems to have been written within arm's reach of a bong.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Alan Rickman holds the film together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cutesy? My pain was acutesy as the entire plot yawned before me.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The story of a guy who never goes anywhere or does anything. Until he goes everywhere and does everything, but he might as well have stayed home.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Dark World” is low-stakes, low-emotion, lowbrow.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Despising the British upper class is so utterly common, as we see in The Riot Club, a farcically heavy-handed attempted satiric takedown of an elite group of Oxford students.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This comedy is cringe-inducingly lame and the dramatic turns are visible as far in advance as utility poles on the prairie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Rookie filmmaker Michael Maren’s script isn’t deep, but it’s heartfelt without being sticky, suggesting that the best way to deal with aging parents is to savor every tender frustration while you can.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Imagine "Clerks" director Kevin Smith with a background in poetry and painting instead of comic books and bestiality jokes, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from an exciting new filmmaker named Sean Ellis, whose terrific debut is called Cashback.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Aggressively ugly and intergalactically boring, the dismal sci-fi kiddie cartoon Battle for Terra is too weak to be shown anywhere except maybe on the next flight to Saturn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Touching and unexpectedly funny moments (such as McCartney busting out the theme song from “The Monkees”) mingle with highlights from the show for an unusually compelling keepsake from what might well be the last time many of these ’60s rockers perform together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A wan effort at "Annie Hall"-style comedy, has about as much Manhattan sophistication as a gas station in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie falls into all the usual rhetorical traps.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The laughs begin with the excellent title Hamlet 2 - and they end there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Young ever converses with the gentlemen from al Qaeda, I expect his comments to be along the lines of "Please don't cut my head off."
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Director Griffin Dunne's adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's fiercely personal novel ambles pleasantly through coming-of-age movie territory, then takes a jarring Agatha Christie detour.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Can a series of irritating events make a movie? Yes, but an irritating one: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Sincerely directed by one woman (Phyllida Lloyd, who did "Mamma Mia!") and smartly written by another (Abi Morgan), the film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as seriousness, and clichés presented as hard truths.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Without an exceptionally skilled director of actors (such as Cameron Crowe), Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2009 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's ragged, and at times it scrapes your comedy ganglia like a cheese grater. But 15 minutes or half an hour is an ideal chunk of time to set aside for truly inspired absurdism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Draft Day is lumbering and predictable, and its hero general manager is so dumb it should have been called “Dummyball.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Stewart’s restrained performance is affecting, the film seems well-researched about what it’s like to try to deal with Gitmo detainees who throw their own feces, and it isn’t as tendentious as the average Hollywood take on the subject.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Essentially amounts to an extended interview with a psycho, fleshed out with background material that, while suitably shocking, is not always illuminating or even frank. The film is curiously shy about calling Varg what he is: a Nazi.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Initially, this low-budget film writes a lot of checks on the First National Bank of Whimsy, but I was astonished when none of them bounced.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its young director, however, has a considerable flair for surprise and visual gusto, and he even, on a shoestring, delivers sharp-looking special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Occasionally there is a striking image or a moment of wounded sweetness, but mainly the film provides ample proof that it's possible to be bizarre and boring at the same time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie approaches the final scene with a straight face, but it left the audience giggling spasmodically. This script probably should have gone all the way and thrown in a few quips: If your movie is a joke, at least be intentionally funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The paranoia is as thick and luscious as that Reddi-wip, and it's served from both left and right.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sharp comedy as well as a punk-pulp spree. Don't go if you can't handle Brit slang. ("Grass" = informer.)
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Amazing Spider-Man is more like an old Xerox copy: Greasy, paper-thin, slightly faded, and probably made unnecessarily, but in any case destined to get lost in a pile of things exactly like it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Has the kind of soulful subject matter that will strike some as profoundly emotional, but it gets a flag for roughing the tear ducts. This isn't football - it's cornball.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendering the life of young Abraham Lincoln as a tone poem, The Better Angels sags under the weight of its own resolute earnestness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    How cheap-looking is the modern-day romantic tragedy Private Romeo? Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Beyond Outrage fails to live up to its title as Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano can’t find much in the way of fresh ideas for the genre.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film as a whole goes from intriguing to irritating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending, but what's strangest about it is that it actually thinks it's pro-soldier even as it portrays vets home on leave as foolish (Rachel McAdams), desperate (Tim Robbins) and dishonorable (Michael Pena) while playing all three situations for laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jig
    There's no way to put this gently: Watching people slam their heels and toes on the boards while drifting around the floor is about as fascinating as watching the carousel rotation in your favorite microwave oven.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a cramped and frenetic 82 minutes, the movie feels long. That’s what happens when the audience can guess everything that’s going to happen in advance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is still a mess, stumbling from comic-relief scenes that aren't funny to a job-training interlude in which we learn that, among other things, owls make excellent . . . blacksmiths?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A supernatural horror-comedy that's frighteningly lacking in wit, John Dies at the End thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    We watched a story of a Labrador. Who eats the couch and disobeys. I said to Lady, "It's a labra-bore."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The men who made The Guardian strive to be the averagest of the average - and don't quite succeed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This future looks awfully passé: The stimulus didn't work out. Neither did 1917 Russia.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Proving it’s still possible to stick to the broad contours of “The Graduate” story and come up with something brightly endearing, 5 to 7 is a memorable directorial debut for “Mad Men” writer Victor Levin.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There isn't anything especially wrong with Who Do You Love but there's nothing here that cries out to be seen, either. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/who_do_you_love_VZgyGvsv0ruc9teHrzQIlJ#ixzz0kcaj8Mwl
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Considering that Gracie says nothing that hasn't been said in dozens of films, one does wonder whether Hollywood is being as diligent as it could be in digging up fresh story ideas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    [Director Kaye's] dedication to the material is admirable, but his tactic of following one dismal development with an even more depressing one comes to seem monotonous and pointless.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Creepy spirits in old-timey dress, ear-stabbing sound cues, slamming doors and bloody handprints: The horror flick Insidious isn't scared to be trite.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The shallow, derivative and contrived British heist thriller Wasteland lives down to its unfortunate name.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Really it's just a trashy bid to be the "Scarface" of Mesopotamia.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Bidding to be the “Terms of Endearment” of zombie movies, Maggie sucks all the life out of an idea that just won’t die.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Bears all the signs of having been composed by an inferior race of alien screenwriters from the Hackulon System.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Why doesn't anybody just buy a gun? I guess the female characters spent all their money on tight tank tops.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Yet what makes this movie is the digital effects. It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The indie road movie Janie Jones is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Safe House may strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you've seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Chism’s characters are pleasingly odd, and though she can’t string much of a narrative together — there is a stop-and-start quality to the picture that grows tiresome — a few of the set pieces are funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RoboCop is topically up-to-the-moment but stylistically it’s retro. Far from using the story as an excuse to string together cheap thrills and blowout spectacle, its hero has all the heart of the Tin Man.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The danger of trying to do a supernatural comedy-romance is that you’ll wind up being as funny as “Twilight,” with all the raw sexual energy of “Bewitched.” Beautiful Creatures isn’t quite that bad, though it did make me long for the cleverer “Dark Shadows.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    You may protest that this is just a splattery feature-length sketch, and you’d be absolutely right. Why not have a laugh at this absurdly trite concept? I’ll take the cheesy breeziness of “CVZ” over the frowny somberness of “World War Z” any day.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Five minutes before The Golden Compass started, I was wondering when it was going to start. Forty minutes into it, I was wondering exactly the same thing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Contraband aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s too busy with feel-good slogans like “Si Se Puede.” The slogan may be nice, but it’s meaningless. So is the movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    300
    Sensory gluttony is reason enough to see a movie, and few epics overstuff the eyes like this one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    not so much a movie as an "act," one that belongs at a club called Shenanigans or maybe Chuckleheads.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long. If they're going to put this artifact in theaters, they'd better charge 1973 grindhouse prices: a dollar a ticket.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This digitally tricked-out fairy tale makes for a reasonably engaging kids’ fantasy, but at best we’re talking about a junior varsity “Lord of the Rings.” It’s March. What did you expect?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This Michael Mann-directed film is full of Michael Mann-isms, many of them familiar from, and done better in, “Heat.”
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    As for Hoffman, the shambling Everyman naturalism he shows here gives God’s Pocket an added elegiac layer that makes its bitter ironies that much more painful.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everyone's Hero, a tame CGI cartoon for the simple-minded: the very young, the very old and Yankee fans.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Transporter 3 is made for airplane viewing, and not just any airplane: an Eastern European one, on the flight from Hrubbishnik to Slutnya.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    None of Dunham's humor comes across, except when someone says, "And when you speak, your words are snakes I swat at with swords," which is hilarious, but not intentionally.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2 1/2-year-old collection of mediocre stand-up routines and dull backstage chatter, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show demonstrates why comedy clubs require you to have a couple of drinks.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For all its outré set pieces it never rises above the level of pretentious trash.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What the Charles Darwin biopic Creation mainly creates is a do-over for Paul Bettany: This time he gets to have a beautiful mind.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    There's a geyser of ambition in the visually stunning The Fountain, but the story of a thousand-year quest for the Fountain of Youth eventually trickles out.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary Broadway Idiot would be perfect for one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dreary message movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Kids will be as enthralled by this film as you were by the live-action Disney movies of the '70s. It doesn't get any sweeter than a roomful of mattresses with kids and dogs jumping on them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Say hello to my leetle dagger! Shakespeare meets "Scarface" in an Aussie adaptation of "Macbeth" gone gangsta.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    All of this is secondary, even tertiary material, even if much of it is interesting and even wrenching to behold.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There is too much funny here for a movie (even though it continues into the closing credits). Step Brothers should be a TV show.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it "Paycheck."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you're in the mood for a clichéd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Happy Feet" was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Final Destination 5, which, despite its lowbrow story, turns out to be one of the fastest-moving films of the year, is a suspenseful and macabre exercise in dread for the absurdly cosseted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A contrived comedy that could have made an especially weak episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie, a sequel to 2009's much more sprightly and amusing indie "Women in Trouble," seems to be reaching for Robert Altman territory. Instead of offering many intriguing stories, though, it can't come up with even one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    France's friendship dramedy Little White Lies is such a blatant rip-off of a far better American movie that it could have been called "Le Big Chill."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    No matter how good Blethyn is at playing up the sweet hurt of a woman who is well on the decline but never made it in the first place, your admiration for her shrieking-and-drinking breakdown scenes is likely to be tested after about the fifth go-round.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly weird, dryly funny little indie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Cruise's Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn't smile, charm, love the ladies, aim his index fingers to the heavens or sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in bars. Here he just snarls and kills people. Yes, please, and let's have more of the same.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Suspenseful though it is, the movie is quiet to the point of being sleepy, and Worthington is simply not working out as a screen star.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's a one-joke movie, if "Jewish mothers are annoying" is a joke. But just as a film about boredom should not actually be boring, no movie should credibly simulate the experience of being stuck in a car with Barbra Streisand for eight days.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is a failure if it can't convince us that these two people belong together. It can't, and barely tries.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What's Spanglish for "oy"?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Problem: Kidman is the only one in the theater who is turned on. The rest of us are giggling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Put it this way: Jimmy Carter was funnier than this movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A girl with relationship woes can hardly set foot in Europe these days without finding herself hip-deep in yummy food and tasty men. The latest iteration of the story is Letters to Juliet or, as I like to think of it, "Eat Pray Hurl."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Ice Cube's well-worn performance as a wise old geezer is the only bright spot in a movie that otherwise fumbles every opportunity to be funny, exciting or insightful.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As Franco dilutes the drama with first-year-film-student gimmicks, like split screens and slow motion, it just seems like a dull collection of pointless monologues from actors who can’t even be bothered to match up their accents. Franco is a dilettante, and it shows.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’ve read ingredients labels that were scarier than The Purge: Anarchy, a plodding horror flick that mistakenly thinks it has big ideas.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everything plays out exactly as you'd expect in a cheerful, well-meaning movie in the style of something made for the Disney channel.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An occasionally revealing glimpse inside the mind of Chapman before, during and after the assassination.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Any prison-break yarn that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger delivering the line “You hit like a vegetarian” is OK by me.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sex Drive has shaky moments, and its smutty gags aren't edited so much as slammed together.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Billed as a comedy about a single dad with three girls, the movie is essentially another sudser about the plight of upscale black women in Atlanta.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The only thing that's shocking about Death of a President is how boring it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    This spring, boredom has a new name: Lucky You. In the poker flick, an announcer calling a climactic poker match uses a Texas hold 'em term frequently, saying, "And the flop. And the flop. And the flop." This movie reviews itself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Jane's Journey is an exceedingly graceful and dignified sleep aid.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The American Muslim comedian Ahmed Ahmed does lots of jokes about how he isn't a terrorist. How odd: As I sat through his tepid act, I could have sworn he was bombing.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Misshapen, malodorous and firing its grubby tentacles across the room in a feeding frenzy, The Thing reminded me of a roomful of journalists immediately after someone announces Open Bar. The movie's victims disappear like cocktail peanuts and without a whole lot more significance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Hire “Dreamgirls” director Bill Condon to tell the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? Sure, and next let’s hear from Lady Gaga on the Higgs boson particle.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    An intriguingly Hitchcockian premise gradually takes on a preposterous air in the art-world noir The Best Offer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The considerable talents of Banks make the movie bearable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At best, the film serves up mild chuckles, with occasional cute jokes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Just when things should be getting exciting and complex, they become repetitive and predictable. Subtext becomes hint becomes statement becomes declaration. For once, Pinter is a little too easy to understand.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Clive Owen stumbles around the scenery doing unfortunate drunken-writer shtick in Words and Pictures, a formula movie whose script is yet more unfortunate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The movie jogs along nicely without ever getting a case of the stupids; far from being a bloated “John Carter,” it’s just a pared-down yarn of survival: “Die Hard” on a planet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's an underdog story with teeth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Argentina’s noir Everybody Has a Plan is as sludgy as the river delta in which it takes place.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rolls out stiff clichés to tell a familiar story of racial injustice in the South.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    If anything is frightening here, it's the scenes of the small children being indoctrinated into an organic lifestyle and being made to sing, at least three times, a song about the evils supposedly lurking in the environment around them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You do have to give Starbuck credit for engineering perhaps the largest group hug ever put on film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller Silent House lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A dumbass "Kick-Ass," the superhero comedy Griff the Invisible sits on the screen like a steaming lump of Kryptonite.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it’s got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Gunning for the near-annual Ugly Makeup Oscar, Aniston proves, as always, a modestly gifted actress, only this time with scars and weedy hair.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A black-and-white fantasia shot against a bright backdrop of famous sites, and it has potential to be a cult hit on its dreamy-hipster look alone.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Suggestion: When making a film called Run Fat Boy Run, how about hiring a fat boy?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The script suffers from blandness and aimlessness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    So moron-friendly they should have called it "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Checkers." The skill level in the script is elementary school, my dear Watson.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fine for fans? Sure. This stuff is crack for fans. Crack is really bad!
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Seldom does The Bang Bang Club show much interest in the big picture of South Africa. When moral issues do come to the forefront, the big worry seems to be not questionable behavior but bad publicity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 42-minute TV soap has more story than this limp and familiar tale of domestic woe.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Formerly a maker of bad, but at least angry, movies, Spike Lee now seems to be trying to be the world's oldest student filmmaker. Take out the rookie mistakes from Red Hook Summer, and there'd be nothing left.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A Skinemax movie cloaked in art-house fancy dress, the sex thriller Chloe might have worked better as an out-and-out popcorn flick starring, say, Jennifer Lopez.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Green rules the picture with her nutty stare and her willingness to get nasty in a hot sex scene, but the movie’s main weak point is the Greek general Themistokles.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Besson co-wrote and produced this cheesy mash-up of elements from James Bond and "Battlestar Galactica."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The ever-excitable Martin Scorsese, who is listed as a producer and who pops up, bizarrely, to talk about how he decided to stage the last shot of "The Departed," concludes things by saying, "Cubism was not a style. It was a revolution!" Yep. And not in any way a fad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    When I'm Still Here reached its climactic moment -- Joaquin Phoenix puking into a toilet -- I had never before felt quite so much like a toilet.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It's got enough going on to sustain five blockbuster thrillers. That is its blessing and its curse.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Matthew Broderick graduates from "boyish" and lurches straight into "curmudgeonly" in the would-be indie heartwarmer Wonderful World.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The tone is good-natured enough to make a simple movie semi-watchable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Cusack shows that he can still play the sensitive-but-fun guy until the ladies sigh and the men take notes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This is grim, bleak material that at times is monotonous, but its woe feels authentic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It's another flick about maps, landmarks and buried treasure that makes "The Da Vinci Code" look like TOLSTOY.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though the film, based on a Ron Rash novel, doesn’t quite deliver on all its grim portents, debut director David Burris creates a neo-Faulknerian atmosphere of indelible sin in a story that rises above cliché. As Wyle’s character puts it, “The South was never one thing.”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The thing is a virtual remake of the fusty oldie "Sweet Home Alabama," which came out back when movie scripts were written on stone tablets.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    How bad could the boneyard be compared to sitting through this execrable piece of non-entertainment? Better dead than RED 2.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the Land of Women is one of those films informed by intimate personal experience - the experience of seeing "Garden State."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Alfred Molina gives a warm and engaging performance as an occupying British soldier.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I went to a wartime thriller, but then a Poli Sci 101 seminar broke out.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though nothing much happens, all of the actors get to do lots of teary close-ups.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The computer-generated flying effects are the only reason to see the movie, but at some point somebody left the computer on too long, so it went ahead and spat out the script.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    CHOKE tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This serviceable remake sticks fairly closely and smartly to the same plot, with the same scary objects and even the line, “They’re here.”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Amusing and informative (and hyperbolic) as it is, All In: The Poker Movie is a documentary whose intended audience is unclear.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The gags vary - a tattooed-breast mystery kinda sags - but there are lots of laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The bad movie in my head was far better than the one on-screen, which offers no twists at all. A twist? There isn't even a curl or a bend.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie doesn't really begin or end. Whether the lights have just gone down or the credits have begun to roll, things are pretty much the same for Henry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie, told from the killer’s point of view, is genuinely unsettling and propelled by a terrific, buzzing synth soundtrack straight out of the early ’80s. But the only suspense is in which woman will be the next victim.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Plotwise, the movie can (like many a Brooklynite) barely be bothered to comb its hair. Just when the pace needs to pick up, everyone sits around discussing fruity drinks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Not just a shabby "Wall Street" knockoff clogged with dull, jargon-spewing trading-desk scenes that fail to advance the plot in any way. It's also a nondescript "Sex and the City" retread.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If the movie's story is anything but daring, it does takes guts to make a movie so shamelessly emotional as this one. Not that guts are the same as taste.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Goes up for the dunk and misses the hoop, the backboard and the point. Instead, it manages to both strike out and get sacked. Whose idea was it to remake "Slap Shot" a la Jerry Lewis?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A comedy that forgot to install the funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    After seeing Everybody's Fine, Paul McCartney offered to write a song that plays over the closing credits. That may be because the whole movie is like a celluloid McCartney tune: warm and playful and sweetly earnest, but lightly funny, too, and crafted with consummate skill.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This mild drama plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    At 96 minutes, this vanity/insanity project runs a bit long; five minutes would have been plenty.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Your average episode of “Days of Our Lives” is less soapy (and performed with more restraint).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is much like a really long beer commercial - but a really dark one.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A comedic sinkhole, a dramatic tundra.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the mood for some dead-child entertain ment tonight? Reservation Road has what you're looking for. It's "In the Bedroom" crossed with, um, "Fever Pitch."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Lorax is awful, like chronic disease.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If it's violence ye seek, and violently confused storytelling, look ye no further.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Kyle Smith
    There is one big winner in this mess, though. Congratulations, 1961's "Snow White and the Three Stooges": You're now the second-worst movie on the subject.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A two-hour trailer: explosion, shape-shift, chase, wisecrack, repeat. Its most amazing trick will be how it vanishes from your memory before the seat you vacate has stopped moving.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Routine stuff, but things move quickly, with several offhand funny moments. Mos Def is hilarious in a cameo as another delivery guy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Scenes that should be grotesquely funny deliver only chuckles rather than a big payoff.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Picture "Raging Bull" with a sleazy prep from the Brooklyn hipsteropolis of Williamsburg, and you'll get the idea of The Comedy, a character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A suspenseless rehash.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a supposed celebration, the well-bred and well-off aren't really happy at all. So the title is ironic. Thanks for that profound insight.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Needlessly violent? No, Rambo is needfully violent. Johnny R. is a man constructed of violence.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The first time I saw Yes Man, I thought the concept was getting kind of stale toward the end. As it turns out, that was only the trailer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Killing Bono begs to be remade with A-list stars but, given Neil's history of near-misses, probably won't be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bickering and mishaps make for a semi-enjoyable if low-impact film that may appeal to the kind of nostalgics who buy Time-Life collections of '60s songmeisters.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    So laugh-poor that it shoves all its comedy chips on a bet that you can build a movie around nose gags.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Boring movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A dizzying lowlife saga that’s fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic. It’s as unpredictable as a Lindsay Lohan drive to the grocery store, as overstuffed as the pictures on Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed and as hilarious as me on the bench press.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The main reason to see it is for the hilariously nasty uses it devises for a bear trap, nail gun, etc.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Vanessa Redgrave spends Evening dying, and so does Evening.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Isn't quite insipid, although if it were a little better, it could be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Luc Besson keeps ralphing up scripts about beautiful lady killers, but that doesn't mean you have to keep seeing them. Case in point: Colombiana...[a] dull cable-TV-quality item.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The silliest sci-fi movie since "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Miral.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I suppose you have to give credit to the movie for coming up with some badass killer mermaids.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Paperboy can't decide whether to be an unfunny sex comedy, a half-hearted detective story or a woeful race drama - so it decides to be all three, then becomes yet another movie (a swampy "Heart of Darkness") in the final act.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie's prideful silliness makes it semi-watchable in the manner of Saturday afternoon cable flicks like "Delta Force."

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