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 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Dance Flick
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    This is a useful primer on what went wrong — and right — in 2008.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Even when scary, Murray is somehow funny, too, and he steals the show as always.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Rookie filmmaker Michael Maren’s script isn’t deep, but it’s heartfelt without being sticky, suggesting that the best way to deal with aging parents is to savor every tender frustration while you can.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As a spooky midnight movie, The Wolfman is worth curling up with.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Some documentaries are a fervent search for truth; others are a fervent search for snickers. This one is the latter, providing via interviews and old film clips a Greatest Hits for Bush haters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The paranoia is as thick and luscious as that Reddi-wip, and it's served from both left and right.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film is sober, honest and serious about an important subject.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Lakeview Terrace holds your interest, though the bad faith on all sides makes it something of an endurance test.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In the end (which continues into the credits), I was left thinking McDonagh can do better than this, and yet I was slightly more agog with admiration than peevish with frustration. Most of all, I wanted to see the film again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The second half, though, is chilling, as the trio’s actions come into sharp, painful focus. Too bad Reichardt has no ending.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Yet what makes this movie is the digital effects. It's got all the heart of a demolition derby.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film makes little sense (the couple refuses to ride subways, but Metro-North is OK), but it's a diverting conversation piece/freak show.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    As the two coaches head for a faceoff in a climactic live TV interview, writer Morgan starts to seem like a rip-off -- of himself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Don’t expect the real dirt on “Saturday Night Live” from the doc Live From New York! The movie is fun, but it’s a cinematic coffee-table book.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Turing’s tale needs to be more widely known, and while The Imitation Game may not be a great film, it is an important one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Doremus can’t quite make the emotional breakthroughs rewarding enough to justify the slow buildup, but the icy beauty of the film makes it worth watching.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    I liked that The Wolverine (which saves a nifty twist for a surprise scene in the middle of the end credits) turns down the volume on the usual din of colliding mutant superpowers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Mostly, this frantic film is yet another attempt at “Spinal Tap” silly. At times it goes for the heart of “Almost Famous,” and its sense of rock is that of a barely acquainted observer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Swank's character, Erin Gruwell, is a real educator who, in the years following the Rodney King riots, coaxed her students into writing about their bullet-riddled lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Visually dazzling, intermittently funny.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A snarly Euro-thriller with crust under its fingernails and bad breath. It doesn't care if you like it, which is why I kind of do.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For a 90-minute movie, Margaret has a thin story. So it's unfortunate that it runs 2 1/2 hours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The shamelessness with which Star Wars: The Force Awakens replays the franchise’s greatest hits is startling. To put it another way, it’s a satisfying meal — but it’s $200 million worth of leftovers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Carlyle gives a quietly engaging performance as a Golden State farmworker with a secret in the likable indie California Solo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The film, then, places a heavy hand on the scales of justice as it winds up with a fuzzy plea — an implied demand for a second, federal civil rights trial for the cop, who got a light sentence. But the shooting wasn’t a racist one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A reasonably uplifting kids movie if you don't think about it too much. I get paid to think about things too much, and effective as the movie is, it nevertheless left me slightly put off.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though the film, based on a Ron Rash novel, doesn’t quite deliver on all its grim portents, debut director David Burris creates a neo-Faulknerian atmosphere of indelible sin in a story that rises above cliché. As Wyle’s character puts it, “The South was never one thing.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Mostly a routine love story elevated by one of the year’s most magnetic performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Tina Fey is adorable as a gulag guard who yearns to sing, but even better is Ty Burrell as a Clouseau-like Interpol inspector.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Buscemi is appealing as always, but the movie, is only sporadically funny.

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