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 Watchmen
Lowest review score: 0 Illegal Tender
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As a comedy, the film isn’t especially funny, and as a screwball drug caper a la “Go,” it’s raggedly plotted, with ridiculous coincidences popping up everywhere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It's not a knock on Steven Spielberg to say he is history's finest maker of children's movies. His capacity to evoke simplicity, awe, beauty and unconditional love are his genius, and his vision of the children's story War Horse is a gorgeous, majestic fable about a boy who yearns to be reunited with his steed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Visually dazzling, intermittently funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Slow West certainly lives up to its title: It’s one poky Western, plodding and perambulating and moseying across the 1870 frontier on a grim march to a pointless ending.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Two dull people have a dull love affair in Summertime, a French drama that drags on like an August afternoon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film's attempt at a sort of beautiful anguish works best in its middle section. It takes far too long to get going, and it doesn't have much of an ending.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though Despicable Me is a little ragged on story, it's got a lot of imagination and a heart as warm as a fluffy kitty.
    • 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
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Inspector Bellamy leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding. To Chabrol, no life is ever a closed case.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Adults will sniff out a general air of phoniness - the period detail isn't particularly convincing, and the Scottish factor is overcooked to the point where the script starts to resemble the national cuisine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A cinematic enchantment, a low-key 1970s-style kids’ movie brimming with sincerity and heart. It’s one of the best films of the year.
    • 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
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    War was both cruel and magnificent, as Churchill once put it. To Gibson, it still is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Grunting and boarlike, Gérard Depardieu supplies a one-note rendition of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Abel Ferrara’s peculiarly unilluminating Welcome to New York.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What’s the difference between “21 Jump Street” and 22 Jump Street? Same as the difference between getting a 21 and a 22 at blackjack.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    To keep this one-man show visually engaging, director Sophie Fiennes places the professor in sets and costumes from the movies, talking about “Full Metal Jacket” from atop a barracks toilet and “Brief Encounter” from a 1940s British train.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
    • 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
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Despite the underlying wretchedness, though, the characters exude a sense of having so little interior life that none of this, or anything else, fazes them. That’s disturbing, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Lately, the Shakespeare plays on film tend to be either too self-consciously irreverent on the one hand or too stodgy on the other; Kurzel’s Macbeth takes a point of view without betraying the Bard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, Don’t Breathe is just about perfect. It’s as lean and relentless as the best John Carpenter films.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is occasionally heavy-handed, and the priest character is almost absurdly saintly, but there is an awful power to scenes such as one in which the Europeans are evacuated on trucks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    On the one hand, Black Book has the artiness of subtitles, the dramatic weight of history, and the desperate heroics of Jews hiding from Nazis. On the other hand, it has Paul Verhoeven.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is an entertaining stroll through a colorful gallery of characters including, in villain mode, former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving. "She knows nothing. I am an expert," huffs Hoving, who is so nasty he might as well be wearing a monocle - making Horton that much more fun to root for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    By the end, we wind up pretty much where we were four years ago when the pictures first appeared in the papers: Inexperienced troops did disgusting things, but it's a mystery who else knew.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Watching this movie is like listening to Michael Jackson tell you what real men are like.

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