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

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 56 Up
Lowest review score: 0 6 Month Rule
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    As a former president of the United States remarked, "Childrens do learn," and what they learn in the heartbreaking yet thrillingly hopeful documentary Waiting for 'Superman' is that adults are finally starting to notice how badly kids have been betrayed by teachers unions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Eva Green...Gaspingly beautiful, wouldn't you say?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It isn't much of a contest: The clear winner is John Wayne, because the Coens are playing his game. The Duke couldn't do the Coens' sly in-jokes, but they've never been able to reach out and move the audience to heights of emotion. Before now, they've never tried.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though it does have a handful of dirty jokes meant to earn the audience-pleasing PG-13 rating and features Marge swearing, it falls short of classic status.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Getting a small cohort of humanity dead right is an impressive artistic achievement, but Mike Leigh's beautifully modulated English drama Another Year advances even farther.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It isn't every day that one witnesses, via a camera mounted with the driver, some of the final images in a man's life before he crashes into a wall at enormous speed. Whether you'll feel good about yourself after watching is up to you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A Most Violent Year is a small picture, but each brushstroke is laden with detail and craftsmanship.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Nor does the movie try to use the game to make some larger point. Here's one: Even at its best and luckiest hour, Harvard can aspire only to equal Yale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Silence comes to us billed as 30 years in the making. Unfortunately, it plays like 30 years in the watching.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The oddly compelling documentary Moving Midway is an engineering tale combined with a family history and a ghost story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film could have been improved if it had been less aggressively limp. But the post-adolescent, pre-adult moodiness is spot on: Everyone's favorite author is a bitter recluse, and the soundtrack heaves with the suicide sounds of Joy Division. Trier's intent is to reproduce a sweet, hazy vision of the agony of youth. Ever so elliptically, he succeeds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The doc consists of interviews with the absurdly grandiose Jodorowsky (whose fans include Kanye West) plus acolytes like current director Nicolas Winding Refn and film nerds, all of whom walk us through storyboards and tell us how awesome this “greatest film never made” would have been.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sure to be a favorite with racists, Beasts of No Nation sheds no light whatsoever on Africa’s civil wars but turns its gaze on black people brutalizing one another with machetes, howitzers, rifles and anything else that comes to hand. I picture Calvin Candie, the plantation owner in “Django Unchained,” yelling, “Yeah! Git ’em!”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    For two hours of breathless drama, you forget you’re watching actors grunting like chimps and hope two rival civilizations can work together.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Carney’s film (unlike his disappointing previous effort “Begin Again”) is mad, irrepressible youth incarnate, by turns as exuberant as “The Commitments” and (nearly) as heartfelt as “Once.”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Honorable, worthy and windy, Fences is essentially a PBS episode of “Great Performances” that is inflated for the big screen without ever quite belonging there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As things pick up in the second half, the splendid photography and tempestuous John Adams score cannot quite conceal that the film is uncomfortably close to being an extravagantly elongated, Fendi-clad episode of "Dynasty."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Indignation is devastating, haunting and important.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A backstage drama that has all the sizzle of a glass of water resting on the windowsill, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria mistakes lack of dramatic imagination for smoldering subtlety.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A rock bio minus the fun. The sex is guilt-stricken, the drugs are used to treat epilepsy, and the rock 'n' roll is about isolation and despair.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A fantastically entertaining biography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Despite all of the hideous critters Hellboy encounters, there is a hint that things are considerably weirder elsewhere.

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