For 1,468 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 12.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Score distribution:
1468 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Neither bad enough to be a complete waste of time nor good enough to remember past next Tuesday, the film co-written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie staples together one routine action piece after another with cutesy dialogue and lots of merciless pounding away at iPad screens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Life, Animated oversimplifies the situation, contriving to use endless clips from Disney movies to make a case that movie magic really can better people’s lives. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie it’s clear that Disney can’t help Owen negotiate sex, breakups or many other challenges he faces as an adult.
    • 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
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The documentary Tabloid shows that an oddball lead character and a smirky style do not necessarily add up to a complete movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This is a fine idea for a PSA TV commercial, but (a) they already did it back in the ’70s and (b) it goes on well past the 30-second mark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly low-key effort pitched at fans of the first couple.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Ends up feeling familiar.
    • 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
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How this thing got made in Hollywood is a mystery, but I laughed at most of it, especially the mean stereotypes about the French and the even meaner stereotype about England's soccer team.
    • 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
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Mongol really isn't worth leaving your yurt for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This is all as pure and sunny as lemonade.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Quotable, controversial, anarchic, charismatic and handsome (in an ugly way), the zany avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa had everything one needs to be a star, except talent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A triumphant and heartwarming film, not an angry and scolding one, that carefully maps how excellence and determination win over the doubters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In mashing together story elements from Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” with the look of Malick’s “Days of Heaven,” Lowery put 90 percent of his energy into the atmosphere and 10 percent into the script.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in Into the Abyss, and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You could say the 3-D animated kidpic How To Train Your Dragon is "Avatar" for simpletons. But that title is already taken, by "Avatar."
    • 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
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Big Hero 6 even has a title that sounds like a product ordered off the takeout menu of the type of restaurant that recombines a few elements in many ways. That could work fine, if any of the ingredients were particularly flavorful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Struggles to maintain a sober, evenhanded tone about an utterly ridiculous story.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Joe
    David Gordon Green’s Joe largely succeeds in immersing us in a rural world of cruelty, ugliness, decay, neglect and aggression, but if there is a point to it all, I couldn’t find it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    German guilt gets a vigorous workout in the penetrating and symbolically important documentary Two or Three Things I Know About Him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Although the payoff is creepy, it takes a little too long to arrive -- and when it does, it's about as worn-out as the movie's title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The visual effects are amazing, but they don't make up for acting that is restrained to an uninsightful fault.

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