For 1,274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 The Seven Five
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
1,274 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie all but proclaims U2 the world's best rock band. Somewhere, Mick Jagger's jaws are grinding.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Actors tell us that dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedies about dying are hardest of all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Bouncy vocal rearrangements of pop songs, sparkling choreography and a hilarious script make for a movie that's made to be obsessed over, seen 50 times, quoted as devoutly as such sacred texts as "Heathers" and "Bring It On."
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    McAleer is an expert practitioner of cinematic jujitsu.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie I've seen in more than a year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Picture Graham Greene crossed with James Bond, with a splash of Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll start to imagine the nervy talents of Mads Brügger, the fearless Danish filmmaker who has for a second time come up with a stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Cool It -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Despite the lingering aroma of Victorian rot shrouding 1961, An Education is excitingly young.
    • 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Ted
    The surprise of Ted is that it goes for honest Spielbergian wonder, too, and even earns some tears.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A dizzying lowlife saga that’s fast, smart, wicked, sort of ambitious and blazingly ironic. It’s as unpredictable as a Lindsay Lohan drive to the grocery store, as overstuffed as the pictures on Anthony Weiner’s Twitter feed and as hilarious as me on the bench press.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Mighty entertainment that makes you feel sorry for the saps next door in the multiplex.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Blue Caprice takes a minimalist, documentary-style approach that proves harrowingly effective.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The details are true and funny, played brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
    • 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
    In other words, this punkish, sleek film about beautiful kids wallowing in purloined Prada could have been written by a grumpy 65-year-old white guy in gabardine, provided he had a sense of irony. The Bling Ring is the bridge between Coppola and Bill O’Reilly.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Frustrating, at times agonizing, the film is nonetheless dappled with a sad beauty. It’s one of the best documentaries of the year.
    • 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.

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