For 1,458 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 66% 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 Last Days in Vietnam
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1458 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The details are true and funny, played brilliantly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The slacker comedy-drama-romance-whatever Gigantic will fulfill all your alterna-movie weirdness requirements.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Lymelife, set amid marital decay and teen frustration, isn't quite the "American Beauty" of the 516 area code, but it'll do.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Can’t possibly deserve your close attention. Yet it does, with distilled honky-tonk poetry and generous good humor. It’s one of the year’s best, most deeply felt films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The White Ribbon is one of the finest films that ever repelled me, a holiday in the abyss.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    An improbable but hilarious combine of losin’-it comedies and the rarefied, Europhile air of the Cinema du Twee.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A brutally funny deconstruction, a hybrid of “Watchmen” and “Superbad” filtered through John Woo. It’s a boisterously original piece of entertainment . . . that isn’t for everyone. Note the rating, which should be triple-R, as in Really, Remarkably R.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Few documentaries have covered such an important matter so convincingly and with such clarity. When it comes to public education, we are all New Jerseyans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie could -- should -- be a symphony, and it frequently makes excellent use of spare classical music. When Brosnan pipes up, he is as welcome as a car alarm.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Cool It -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A small but shattering film that marks its writer-director, Derek Cianfrance, as an artist of real depth, observes relationship dynamics at a molecular level, welling with as much understanding as Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    For boldness of execution as well as vision, The Red Chapel stands out as a singular, important comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A deeply felt evocation of a place and a people by writer-director Matt Porterfield, who set this largely improvised film in his own lower-class Baltimore neighborhood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Everything Must Go is cinematic pointilism. The big picture is familiar -- busted middle-age man, suburban alcoholic despair -- yet the details are so finely rendered that the overall impression is potently strange.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This is all as pure and sunny as lemonade.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This small movie carries great allegorical weight as it echoes the Manson Family, the long list of failed utopian communes that culminated in Bolshevism and the one-child policy that in China has prevented the births of untold numbers of girls.

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