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

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It’s that priceless dialogue, the bitter ironies, the magnificently skeevy cast of characters and even the overall structure that make The Seven Five “Goodfellas” in blue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    The moral alertness of the film is of the level normally confined, in military pictures, to talky courtroom scenes, yet Eastwood skillfully works dilemmas into propulsive and suspenseful action.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    56 Up is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries, beginning in 1964 with "7 Up."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Sharp, funny and as mesmerizing as the master’s notoriously languorous suspense scenes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A great American movie about the greatness of ordinary Americans, Patriots Day combines an electrifying manhunt with the intimacy and feel for character writer-director Peter Berg showed in his brilliant TV series “Friday Night Lights.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    The End of the Tour is a five-day bender of a talk — a film that illuminates like few others the singular pleasure of shared discovery of one another’s sensibility. In an unassuming way, it’s a glory.
    • 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."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A sublime meditation that is one of this year's wisest, warmest and funniest films.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Deep, disturbing and funny.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    What a sweet collision is Rescue Dawn: the American psycho meets the German kook.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Both broader and deeper than the relentless and monotonous “12 Years a Slave,” it’s one of the few important movies to hit cinemas this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Twice I have left a Calvary screening feeling dazed and moved.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Gorgeous set pieces thrill the senses, but there is philosophical inquiry as well. "Alien" was, after all, just "Jaws" in space, but Prometheus ponders where evil comes from and how it conquers its makers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Adding goofy uncertainty to shoulders as wide as the East River makes for a disarming hero in one of the spiffiest WWII action yarns ever to march out of Hollywood.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's strange enough to be raised by your aunt. For young John Lennon, things get stranger still when he finds himself dating his mother.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It’s a small movie, but in his third feature, indie writer-director Chad Hartigan proves he is a major talent, imbuing the interactions with wit and warmth and charm.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This movie doesn't get huffy, it gets laughs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It’s a captivating throwback that promises to lead the genre away from sci-fi flash and trickery. I’d rank it beside “X-Men: Days of Future Past” among the best X-Men entries.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Sicario, which combines dizzying action scenes with a taut script, ravishing photography and an otherwordly musical score, is a knockout.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be one of the most absorbing films of the year. Plus it has lots of wiener jokes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This is all as pure and sunny as lemonade.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Not that a film as taut and exciting as this one needs punchy dialogue, but Black Sea has that, too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Wrestler offers something to pretty much everyone in the audience. Much like "The Sopranos," it creates a world that might make you feel utterly at home or exhilarated by strange horrors. Maybe both.

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