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 13.1 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 September Dawn
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Wraps a sari around the kind of suffering-housewife picture that became a cliché 30 years ago.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Robin Williams’ last live-action film, Boulevard, is a frustrating ending to a stellar career, a cramped and melancholy film about a cramped and melancholy man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since this low-grade comedy doesn't really even attempt to be funny, the purpose of the movie is to establish (or reinforce) a feeling of luxurious old-timey melancholy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film achieves a mild uptick in the final act, with a surprise change of heart and a race to save a little girl, but up till then it's thickly earnest -- a conquista-bore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Combines unpleasantness and stupidity to a degree that would be difficult to match unless you were stuck in bed with a case of the shingles while being forced to watch “The Ghost Whisperer."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It has cult item stamped all over it, and fans of (severely) experimental cinema might see it as a revelation. Most others will find that watching this movie is like having your senses beaten with a rake.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Gunning for the near-annual Ugly Makeup Oscar, Aniston proves, as always, a modestly gifted actress, only this time with scars and weedy hair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Joe
    David Gordon Green’s Joe largely succeeds in immersing us in a rural world of cruelty, ugliness, decay, neglect and aggression, but if there is a point to it all, I couldn’t find it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The first “John Wick” was taut and nasty, a potent slug of B-movie. This one is so enamored of its own extravagance that, on more than one occasion, I was reminded of “Zoolander 2.”
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There is a passable 85-minute comedy in here, caked in an additional 30 minutes of flab.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A touching love story that gets sidelined by a tiresome intra-family African political dispute, A United Kingdom has a big heart that beats far too slowly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie is well-acted, but it's as talky as if it were written for the stage, with fatally slow pacing. Strictly for hard-core Sayles fans and maybe for lovers of American roots music.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Overrun with malicious goblins, a vengeance-minded pig, a fast-moving troll and a giant horned ogre, but the true source of terror is scarier than all of these combined: New York real estate prices.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A comedy as black as vinyl, Kill Your Friends is a music-industry tell-all set at a decadent London record label in 1997.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In the utterly routine effort Skyfall, we're actually expected to cheer each chord we've heard so many times (here's a martini shaker! Look, it's a Walther PPK! And there's an Aston Martin!) We've been turned into wretched Pavlovian dogs, salivating at the bell instead of the snack. The highlight, by far, is a classic animated credit sequence: Adele, you are the new Shirley Bassey.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Tillman Story purports to be an exposé of the cover-up of the death by friendly fire of the Army Ranger and one time NFL star Pat Tillman. But, provocative and colorful as the film is, it does the very thing it denounces -- massaging the facts to seize Tillman for a political agenda.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So there is courage and cheekiness here. What there is not is a story, or much insight or even anger; anyone expecting an indictment of Iran will be sorely disappointed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They don’t make ’em like A Walk Among the Tombstones any more. Mainly because everyone got bored with ’em and stopped watching ’em.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As the movie's feet get stuck in its own misery, it made me appreciate "Trainspotting" all over again - its wit, how it moved, the way any outcome for its characters seemed possible.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This unapologetic B-movie at least keeps the action rolling, and the time goes by quickly. To put it another way, I’d rather see Gerard Butler stab a terrorist in the neck than flirt with Katherine Heigl.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the Food Network meets The Weather Channel meets . . . the Scary Doomsday Preachers Channel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Creepy spirits in old-timey dress, ear-stabbing sound cues, slamming doors and bloody handprints: The horror flick Insidious isn't scared to be trite.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At Berkeley casts a nonjudgmental eye on everyone from cement layers to students discussing Thoreau to administrators complaining about budgeting. If only everything were interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A scrapbook of bits from better Allen films that builds up to a hearty shrug.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Without an exceptionally skilled director of actors (such as Cameron Crowe), Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s mainly instructive in that it shows how liberals believe the end always justifies the means.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    No, Warcraft isn’t a ridiculous mess; it holds together on its own musclebound terms. It neither tries to be jokey nor undercuts itself by being unintentionally funny. And it offers a bit more complexity than some other nonstop action flicks adapted from video games. It’s a real movie, just not a good one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Spy
    Alas, “sad case” is not how we want to see McCarthy; it’s frustrating to see her spend more than half the movie being the pathetic target of jokes rather than the dominating figure she was in “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” both of which are far funnier than this one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It follows exactly the same path as both "Glory Road" (except that was basketball) and "Gridiron Gang" (football).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Misshapen, malodorous and firing its grubby tentacles across the room in a feeding frenzy, The Thing reminded me of a roomful of journalists immediately after someone announces Open Bar. The movie's victims disappear like cocktail peanuts and without a whole lot more significance.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Calling Child 44 a mash-up of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Silence of the Lambs” doesn’t do enough to capture how strange it is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An essential document of bad taste that needs to go right into the time capsule. History must not forget.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A cute, spunky found-footage thriller undone by a lumpy plot and a weak ending, Operation Avalanche revisits the urban legend that the moon landing was faked, with some fresh twists.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even if the movie had more shadings, though, Marshall's political point would undo his he-man action-flick format. If you're looking for a rallying cry to make the emotions sizzle, "Quagmire!" isn't it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of Good, a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I don’t know how many sex scenes featuring Winstone and Atwell you can handle, but the movie breaches my limit, which is a firm zero.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In mashing together story elements from Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” with the look of Malick’s “Days of Heaven,” Lowery put 90 percent of his energy into the atmosphere and 10 percent into the script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Doesn't offer plot or an inquiry into the evil in men's hearts. It simply wallows in the filth and inhumanity that surround a father and his pre-adolescent son as they march across the shattered remains of this country.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If the movie's story is anything but daring, it does takes guts to make a movie so shamelessly emotional as this one. Not that guts are the same as taste.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Beginning as an adorable romcom, Hungry Hearts morphs into a disturbing but not particularly illuminating story of mental illness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you're in the mood for a clichéd gangland B-movie, though, you could do worse.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Engaging as it is to look at, this stop-motion animation film from the young Oregon studio Laika seems to have been masterminded by people thinking, “Everyone loves Pixar. So let’s do everything the opposite!” Admirably contrarian. Like being cast overboard and calling out for an anvil.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The danger of trying to do a supernatural comedy-romance is that you’ll wind up being as funny as “Twilight,” with all the raw sexual energy of “Bewitched.” Beautiful Creatures isn’t quite that bad, though it did make me long for the cleverer “Dark Shadows.”
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What the Charles Darwin biopic Creation mainly creates is a do-over for Paul Bettany: This time he gets to have a beautiful mind.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Unfortunately, the film turns out to be not quite as twisty as promised: it’s less a pretzel than it is a Cheez Curl. And I do mean cheez: The resolution, when it comes, is wholly lacking in nutritional value.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Mongol really isn't worth leaving your yurt for.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie begins to wear out its welcome even before a conclusion of breathtaking corniness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Chism’s characters are pleasingly odd, and though she can’t string much of a narrative together — there is a stop-and-start quality to the picture that grows tiresome — a few of the set pieces are funny.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It puts a conservative twist on Michael Moore-ism, with campy stock footage, deadpan humor, mocking musical cues and less-than-ingenuous questions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Every episode of "Law & Order" I've ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Stewart’s restrained performance is affecting, the film seems well-researched about what it’s like to try to deal with Gitmo detainees who throw their own feces, and it isn’t as tendentious as the average Hollywood take on the subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The visual effects are amazing, but they don't make up for acting that is restrained to an uninsightful fault.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Unless the director was aiming for a Victorian "Black Christmas," though, he overshot his mark
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As things pick up in the second half, the splendid photography and tempestuous John Adams score cannot quite conceal that the film is uncomfortably close to being an extravagantly elongated, Fendi-clad episode of "Dynasty."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fatally mild, slow and factory-made, Million Dollar Arm belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex. Like the ABC Family Channel — the entertainment industry minor leagues.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Among cutesy pop musical trios aimed at nondiscerning audiences, I'll take Alvin and Co. over the Jonas Brothers any day.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They probably should have called it "Beneath the Dignity of the Planet of the Apes," but Rise of the Planet of the Apes is tolerable if you'll just keep in mind that the original feature was an overachieving B-movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Why doesn't anybody just buy a gun? I guess the female characters spent all their money on tight tank tops.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The more dramatic revelations and tragic inevitabilities that turn up, the harder it is not to laugh. Give credit to its maker for directing with an earnestness suggesting a pretentious 22-year-old. Having passed through the phases of Interesting Apprentice, Mad Genius, Chastened Bankrupt and Shameless Wage Slave, Coppola at 70 may be the world's oldest student filmmaker.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A barbell of a movie that carries some weight at either end. What's in between is purely utilitarian, though.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    With its array of chases and shootouts and a sinister political plot, the movie at least holds your attention and keeps things brisk-ish. But every scene still bears the tags of the place from which it was stolen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bickering and mishaps make for a semi-enjoyable if low-impact film that may appeal to the kind of nostalgics who buy Time-Life collections of '60s songmeisters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Tenderness and good intentions don't necessarily add up to a movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lawless outback, shotgun-toting banditos and even roadside crucifixions somehow add up to an experience that’s about as thrilling as your average trip to the post office.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A central problem: Efron isn’t funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At best, the film serves up mild chuckles, with occasional cute jokes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Jacquot's lavish décor and costumes are like the perfume the women use instead of bathing: They may cover up the willful carelessness at the center of the project, but it's still there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Only intermittently does the film treat us to more than snippets of Beal’s woozy, misshapen folk-blues, but perhaps these are best taken in small doses anyway.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There isn't anything especially wrong with Who Do You Love but there's nothing here that cries out to be seen, either. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/who_do_you_love_VZgyGvsv0ruc9teHrzQIlJ#ixzz0kcaj8Mwl
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A Quentin Tarantino knockoff from Japan, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? has some of the master’s nutty energy but little of his cleverness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So the film is a head-spinning mix of dead babies and romantic dinners, pillow talk and mass executions. Blood and honey don't taste right together.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So swaddled in good intentions that it's like taking a very short journey cushioned on all sides by air bags. That are stuffed with cotton candy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even for a French drama, Summer Hours is so slow as to be practically still.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Director Marvin Kren delivers a lot of cheap scares, but the film doesn’t approach the dread-soaked suspense of the 1982 version of “The Thing.”
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Mojave is a movie-length standoff between two detestable villains. One is a serial killer. The other is a filmmaker.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If “Once” was a bracing blast of cool spring water, Begin Again is a can of Fanta. If “Once” was a piano, Begin Again is a keytar. If “Once” was Otis Redding, Begin Again is Bruno Mars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This atmospheric, cool-looking but gimpy thriller based on a John le Carré novel makes “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” look like “22 Jump Street.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Refreshing as it is to see the military portrayed as something other than a band of neurotics and creeps, there's a reason this brand of rah-rah and bang-bang didn't outlast the age of Whitesnake and Marty McFly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everyone's Hero, a tame CGI cartoon for the simple-minded: the very young, the very old and Yankee fans.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film is never gripping, but at least it moves. Director Ron Howard does his best to spark excitement with cheesy horror-movie editing — brief shots of the damnation in store if the virus is unleashed — and there are a couple of twists to keep things lively. Nothing is what it seems, unless it seems ridiculous, in which case it’s exactly what it seems.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Too slow to be a guilty pleasure and too dumb to be an innocent one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An Irish indie that is well-observed and well-acted - but ultimately, not much more exciting than the love lives of its lead characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Salt contains many conflicts: intelligence vs. counterintelligence, blond Angelina vs raven-haired and . . . well, that's about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Combines the sweet strangeness of "Fargo" with the existential panic of "Memento" and some Elmore Leonard tough talk. It all creates a cinematic tummy ache.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    But improbable situations, heavy reliance on coincidence and an improbable climax nearly tip the film into TV-movie territory.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Has the kind of soulful subject matter that will strike some as profoundly emotional, but it gets a flag for roughing the tear ducts. This isn't football - it's cornball.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The last time I saw this much talent in a losing cause was Super Bowl XLII. Trying to mix farce with heart, Drillbit Taylor is instead as soulful as Kenny G and as wacky as public television.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Its priceless clips from the disco era aside, The Secret Disco Revolution laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A movie that sets out to make boy bands look silly. The conceptual error is obvious. There’s low-hanging fruit and then there’s fruit that’s already on the ground, rotting underfoot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A buffet of dumb and degrading stunts halfway between Looney Tunes and Abu Ghraib?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The strange thing about the movie is its idea that such couples are rare flowers. But you can scarcely take a step in Seattle or San Francisco or Los Feliz without meeting them in hordes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Son of God is guilty of all the sins of the 1950s Bible epics, but without any of the majesty.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If you've seen "Gone With the Wind," you've seen what Love in the Time of Cholera isn't.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As DJ, Columbus Short eases his way through the movie without trying to impress us too much, which is welcome, but he's also a little bland around the edges.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    So once you figure out the first rule of Zombie Fight Club — nothing too bad can happen to Brad Pitt — the movie is, despite intermittent thrills, rote.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie is a gentle British ensemble comedy much like "Four Weddings and a Funeral" - minus the four weddings and four-fifths of the wit.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It may be a second-rate “Lord of the Rings,” but at least it doesn’t overstay its welcome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Whedon keeps approaching ideas, but every time he does so he leaves a flaming bag of dog poop on the doorstep, rings the bell and runs away tittering.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge character — a craven, narcissistic, provincial TV and radio host who has been amusing the Brits for more than 20 years — proves too much of a sketch-comedy creation to sustain a film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Pity the boxing movie that thinks it can be both "Raging Bull" and "Rocky."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You do have to give Starbuck credit for engineering perhaps the largest group hug ever put on film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    With Fading Gigolo, writer-director-star John Turturro does a passable imitation of a mediocre Woody Allen sex comedy, and guess who tags along for this would-be romp?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The legend of Thompson is immortal, though, and it'll fall to each generation to jam him into its own mold. Depp and Robinson's view is that Thompson was like a mullet: a party in the back but all business upfront.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A likable cast and interior-­décor porn worthy of Martha Stewart Living are the highlights of The Best Man Holiday, but the mix of raunchy sex comedy and Christian faith doesn’t quite come off.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Some movies present their whole story in a two-minute trailer, but Gridiron Gang says it all in its poster.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Funny more often than not. Worth checking out on video.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Like many movies that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The One I Love has plenty of story — for a 30-minute TV episode, in this case of “The Twilight Zone.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Beyond Outrage fails to live up to its title as Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano can’t find much in the way of fresh ideas for the genre.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film gets one star from me for the admirable brevity of its running time and another for the definite article in its title, seemingly an implicit promise that there will be no sequel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The teary-eyed sincerity of the music-industry drama Beyond the Lights is at times too much, but despite its cliche elements, the film at least has the feel of a passion project.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There hasn’t been this bizarre mixture of hooah and death since John Wayne hung up his combat boots.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In The Kid With a Bike, Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne offer a sly but finally banal update of the Italian neorealist classic "The Bicycle Thief."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Everything plays out exactly as you'd expect in a cheerful, well-meaning movie in the style of something made for the Disney channel.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Either a ludicrously bad movie or a parody of same. Either way, it's pretty funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This stuff is strictly run of DeMille.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Hutcherson isn’t particularly adept at playing moral anguish, but the film maintains an electrifying tension for its first half as we wonder just how far his character will go. In the second half, though, the film degenerates into a desultory action movie as everybody starts creeping around trying to shoot one another.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Two possible ways of regarding Please Give: It's shallow. Or maybe it's deeply shallow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie can be mildly amusing. But I couldn’t figure out which of the three principals I least wanted to know.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Neither bad enough to be a complete waste of time nor good enough to remember past next Tuesday, the film co-written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie staples together one routine action piece after another with cutesy dialogue and lots of merciless pounding away at iPad screens.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Safe House may strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you've seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    “GBH” is a featherweight screwball comedy that, trying mightily to be cosmopolitan, feels awfully provincial, desperately touristy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Like "Sex and the City 2," Marmaduke features well-coifed bitches in heat, nonstop puns and its very own Mr. Big. Unlike "SATC 2," this one is harmless and, on occasion, mildly witty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Alan Rickman holds the film together.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Starts out as a hilarious take on cop-movie cliches, then turns into Will Ferrell's own "Capitalism: A Love Story."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Nor does the movie try to use the game to make some larger point. Here's one: Even at its best and luckiest hour, Harvard can aspire only to equal Yale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Young Hugo (Asa Butterfield), a boy who literally lives inside the clocks he manages in a grand Paris train station in the 1930s, embodies one problem that bedeviled even Dickens: He's boringly nice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Hanna doesn't go wrong immediately. It takes at least 2½ minutes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    If Broadway shows had DVD featurettes, the unexceptional documentary Broadway Idiot would be perfect for one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A Skinemax movie cloaked in art-house fancy dress, the sex thriller Chloe might have worked better as an out-and-out popcorn flick starring, say, Jennifer Lopez.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As the movie drags on, though, it takes on a throbbing, sick monotone. This isn't a concert, it's a bass guitar solo, all thumping blackness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The horror flick The Uninvited is not unclever - but it is unoriginal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Watching this movie is like listening to Michael Jackson tell you what real men are like.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    At one sip per cuss word, though, few viewers will still be conscious for the ending, in which the three cops finally come to the same place, each for an entirely different but equally ridiculous reason.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even Oliver Stone would giggle at the notion that the CIA couldn't reach JFK through any means except via one of his blond playmates.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Although the movie is reasonably suspenseful for a while and has a few witty moments (of a first draft, the ghost says, "All the words are there. They're just in the wrong order"), it rings false.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Graham Greene's guilt-and-gangsters tale "Brighton Rock" gets an even more melodramatic telling than in the 1947 film version courtesy of first-time director Rowan Joffe, whose histrionic adaptation screams "student film" with practically every frame.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Long on heart if short on surprises, Big Stone Gap is an easygoing visit to small-town America.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Clipped, controlled and composed, Jackie Kennedy was a woman of her times, but since composure doesn’t win you Oscar nominations, Natalie Portman opts to play the part with a sort of emotional incontinence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Most of the best gags are in the early going and the film seems ever more stretched and thin as it goes on. It would have made a brilliant eight-minute sketch, though.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since they seem like real people we want them to work out their differences. In the second half, their story is nearly lost in favor of lots of documentary footage of the actual protests. This stuff was pretty ho-hum to look at two years ago, and it hasn't gotten more interesting with age.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie, told from the killer’s point of view, is genuinely unsettling and propelled by a terrific, buzzing synth soundtrack straight out of the early ’80s. But the only suspense is in which woman will be the next victim.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The bulk of the movie consists of scene after scene coyly setting up the same ironic juxtaposition, in the exact same way, about innocence vs. Nazism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Idiocy can be funny, but let's not forget that for all of this movie's aspirations to be out-there, it relies on the staple of the sitcom mentality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fair Game stars three imposing performers -- Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Sean Penn's lavish and intemperate hair, a fuming gusher of crazy-ass Sweeney Todd locks that dominates every scene. I couldn't tear my eyes from it, maybe because I couldn't maintain focus on anything else in this histrionic and shamelessly misleading wonk-work.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Don’t expect too much of Heist — it’s a cheesy formula picture all the way — but it has solid character foundations, the occasional bright line of dialogue (“Cops, this is robbers,” Morgan says on a phone call) and a neat final twist. As throwbacks go, it’s more bearable than shoulder pads.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Cody’s satiric knocks on Christians couldn’t be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing. Even former star Brand has learned to dial back his manic mugging, though maybe not quite enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendition has the depth of a bumper sticker without the brevity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    IF you like rap, you'll probably enjoy The Hip Hop Project. I don't like rap.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vine yard wedding in Jumping the Broom. Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Burton may give us a bland hero, a tepid love story and a muddled plot but, hey, at least he’s got a skeleton army doing battle with giant tentacle monsters at an amusement park.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    American Hustle is a movie that was built backward, or inside out: It puts actors’ needs before the audience’s. There’s no heart under those polyester lapels, and what all that Aqua Net is pasting together is a few sparse strands of wispy story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    After the first two “Captain America” entries, the finest comic-book movies of the last five years, this one is disappointing. The story doesn’t make sense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    For a sex movie, Norwegian Wood is about as dry as a pocketful of sand. Even for a film set in a land that considers paper folding an exciting activity, this is dull stuff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The silliest sci-fi movie since "An Inconvenient Truth."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Edward's a remarkable young gentleman when you consider the hell he's been through: It turns out he's always 17, his fate to keep repeating high school, forever and ever. If that's my only option, kindly burn me at the stake.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Great Playwrights for Dummies series that began with "Shakespeare in Love" continues with Molière, a French clone of that grating and smarmy Best Picture winner.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Fourth Kind has a clever gimmick and nothing more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The movie amounts to an extended short story that progresses slowly and fades away with key questions unanswered. Ambiguity isn't necessarily interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Prieto does what he can to keep things roaring along, but the overall effect is not a lot more stimulating than your average diet cola.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Turns out to be a dour, shouty atheist manifesto. With a change of scenery it could have been called "Godless in Seattle."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What profiteth it a man if he should gain the whole world, but lose his hairline? Matthew McConaughey considers the question in Gold, which is in essence a vanity project about a vanity project.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Hitcher is the Jessica Simpson of psycho killer flicks - cheerfully in touch with its own brainlessness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Vogt-Roberts never develops the characters enough to make us care whether anyone lives or dies and never whips up even a flirtation between Hiddleston and Larson.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Gwyneth Paltrow. If you buy that progression, you'll buy Country Strong, an unintentionally campy drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Acquires a little vigor and some fun from Tracy Morgan as a friendly drug dealer who lives with his mom.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Suspenseful though it is, the movie is quiet to the point of being sleepy, and Worthington is simply not working out as a screen star.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Silence comes to us billed as 30 years in the making. Unfortunately, it plays like 30 years in the watching.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    To kill 80 minutes, the movie has to pad itself with several dull speeches and stagy moments. The worst? How about when the five men, who have ample reason to fear each other and are facing a life-or-death reckoning, whistle "Ode to Joy" together like a bunch of Whiffenpoofs?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Entourage formula feels warmed-over, played-out, spent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Billed as a comedy about a single dad with three girls, the movie is essentially another sudser about the plight of upscale black women in Atlanta.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Routine stuff, but things move quickly, with several offhand funny moments. Mos Def is hilarious in a cameo as another delivery guy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Fay Grim is like watching stoners playing Risk and Clue at the same time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An '80s coming-of-age comedy with more energy than ideas.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Haywire is a wannabe, or rather a wanna-B, and that B is for "Bourne." As each imitator comes and (rapidly) goes, my appreciation for the best superspy franchise deepens. Even top directors - in this case Steven Soderbergh - can't figure out the trick.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The horror flick 13 Sins is passable enough when it comes to dialing up the suspense, but the “Saw” formula of a mysterious voice guiding our hero through a series of depravities has gone a bit stale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Yes, we remember one of the best movies of the 1990s, but the sequel is like the moment at the party when someone raises the shades and you realize that it’s blinding broad daylight, well past time to go home.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Entertainingly gruesome in parts, and not without a certain anarchic wit, it’s the kind of movie you pause to watch when it’s on TV, but after half an hour, you’ll click over to something else.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh Son is not a good movie, but it’s also not a pretentious one, and I call that a fair trade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I suppose you have to give credit to the movie for coming up with some badass killer mermaids.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lenny this is not. Still, it's nice to know that the son of a lawyer and a microbiologist can get into Harvard and make something of himself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    This is a fine idea for a PSA TV commercial, but (a) they already did it back in the ’70s and (b) it goes on well past the 30-second mark.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A pretentious left-wing monster movie with about 15 minutes of alarming creatures and a whole lot of bickering, is a pre-9/11 story which Stephen King wrote eons ago. It operates in the post-9/11 era about as well as a Studebaker at the Daytona 500.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s too busy with feel-good slogans like “Si Se Puede.” The slogan may be nice, but it’s meaningless. So is the movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    As cute and energetic as it is, The Lego Movie is more exhausting than fun, too unsure of itself to stick with any story thread for too long. The action scenes are enthusiastic, colorful but uninvolving, like an 8-year-old emptying a bucket of plastic blocks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Only in the heartfelt closing minutes does the film cut any deeper than a tired episode of a sitcom about children of immigrants complaining about their hopelessly old-fashioned parents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The documentary Darfur Now proves that - no matter how im portant the subject matter - following various people around with a camera doesn't necessarily make a film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    300
    Sensory gluttony is reason enough to see a movie, and few epics overstuff the eyes like this one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Rendering the life of young Abraham Lincoln as a tone poem, The Better Angels sags under the weight of its own resolute earnestness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The tone is good-natured enough to make a simple movie semi-watchable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Amusing and informative (and hyperbolic) as it is, All In: The Poker Movie is a documentary whose intended audience is unclear.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Having seen the trailer for Brothers and now the finished film, I feel as though I just watched the trailer twice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What everyone will remember about Goosebumps is . . . nothing. Except that it was kinda like “Gremlins.”
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Scenes that should be grotesquely funny deliver only chuckles rather than a big payoff.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lacking either the narrative shiftiness or the trashy thrills of “Gone Girl,” this one is the kind of flick few will watch twice: It has about as many twists and turns as an L. The third act of a movie shouldn’t make you feel as though the first two acts were a waste of time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A big warm cinematic jelly doughnut stuffed with youth, vitality, style, whimsy and other equally alarming properties. I tried to love it. But after 20 minutes, I sensed I was intruding on the movie's love affair with itself.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I was too bored to hate the movie. Besides, who hates a stuffed animal? If it actually said something intelligent or surprising, you’d be alarmed, not pleased.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    You could say the 3-D animated kidpic How To Train Your Dragon is "Avatar" for simpletons. But that title is already taken, by "Avatar."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Romero's we're-all-doomed-and-maybe-we-deserve-it pessimism is so extreme he would fit right in with a real group of brain-eaters: the French.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I might forgive the slow start if it weren't for the slow middle and slow end.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An intriguing sci-fi thriller, but in the end it doesn’t do enough with its ideas.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A blast from the 1980s, when the idea that men were essentially rapists and women rapees was a popular way to score chicks on campus.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Bursting with the usual colorful pop music numbers and lighter-than-a-soap-bubble quandaries, the film is a typical Bollywood entry, not likely to win over many new converts
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Since the thing is increasingly impatient to jump forward to the next big torture set piece, there isn't any time to establish anyone's character. Butcher shops are bloody, too, but they're not scary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The tales mostly drift along and wrap up unresolved. If this is an accurate slice of Paris life, I'll take the relative excitement of Topeka.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even for a movie about complying with USDA regulations, Dolphin Tale 2 is a little lacking in excitement.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Allied is slow-footed and tepid, its plot twists dopey and soapy. I was rooting for things to get interesting, but I would have settled for a few surprises.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Anchorman 2 is like watching “Anchorman” being re-enacted by semi-professionals trying to cover up their lapses by being extra-emphatic, super-doofy: 2013 Steve Carell does a lousy impression of 2004 Steve Carell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    An occasionally amusing but strained fable about the dangers and delights of sibling rivalry that asks us to believe (for instance) that soccer scouts roam Mexico looking for 30-year-old recruits.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Wrath of the Titans suggests a franchise that isn't trying very hard, and I don't really expect a sequel. But if it does happen, I fear it'll be even less of an event: "Tiff of the Titans."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The doc consists of interviews with the absurdly grandiose Jodorowsky (whose fans include Kanye West) plus acolytes like current director Nicolas Winding Refn and film nerds, all of whom walk us through storyboards and tell us how awesome this “greatest film never made” would have been.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Although Hill failed to derail Thomas’ career, she seems to consider her testimony a success: She remains a highly sought public speaker about workplace sexual harassment, which in large part thanks to her is much less tolerated than it once was.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Bad Santa 2 is vulgar, nasty and offensive, but it has flawed aspects also.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The leads are likeable enough, but the script reanimates "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tactics - a monster story supposedly made hilarious by being told by a savvy high schooler. These lines aren't even jokes, though, they're just collisions of the brutal and the banal.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The main reason to see it is for the hilariously nasty uses it devises for a bear trap, nail gun, etc.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Amazing Spider-Man is more like an old Xerox copy: Greasy, paper-thin, slightly faded, and probably made unnecessarily, but in any case destined to get lost in a pile of things exactly like it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A kind name for this attitude is false moral equivalence, or perhaps post-imperial cringe. A less kind one is Western self-hatred, or an urgent plea to tolerate the intolerant.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When I go to a Mummy movie, I don't want ninjas and yetis and men turned to stone. I want embalmed corpses and hieroglyphics. I want pharaoh. I want pyramids and sphinxes and Ace bandages. Did "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" take place on the Nile?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Limitless may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I understood two words of Youth Without Youth: "The End."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Drag Me to Hell is pure cheese. Goat cheese.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    But for all its 21st-century special effects, the characters, dialogue and values of Fury are straight out of the ’50s. The 1650s, maybe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Big Hero 6 even has a title that sounds like a product ordered off the takeout menu of the type of restaurant that recombines a few elements in many ways. That could work fine, if any of the ingredients were particularly flavorful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Club offers plenty of stifling, agonized atmosphere, but it’s all penitence and no redemption.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Dividing its loyalties between documentary and fictional narrative, it lacks the advantages of belonging to either side.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s somehow both too drawn-out and abrupt — but it’s got creepiness galore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There might be a great movie to be made out of the financial crisis, but 99 Homes, which is like being shouted at by a man with bad breath while he grips your collar with both hands, isn’t it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film achieves near-poignancy in its final act, when we finally meet one of the two elderly tipplers, plus a friend who occasionally stayed at their apartment and endured their shouting matches.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Stage Fright starts out as a funny musical mashup — “Glee” meets“Friday the 13th” — but winds up indulging slasher-flick clichés instead of spoofing them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Armie Hammer has given several of the worst performances in recent years — see, or rather don’t, “Mirror Mirror” and “J. Edgar.” The big surprise in The Man from U.N.C.L.E is that Henry Cavill is even worse.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dismal, low-energy affair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie steeped in sin that squats awkwardly in a cinematic purgatory between tawdry and talky.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The shallow, derivative and contrived British heist thriller Wasteland lives down to its unfortunate name.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Boring movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    By far, the highlight of Minions is hearing The Beatles’ “Got To Get You Into My Life” over the closing credits — the first time I think I’ve ever heard it used in a movie. Otherwise, the prequel to “Despicable Me” is like trying to form a rock band out of three Ringos.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Self/less is a celluloid smoothie blended from dozens of familiar elements, but it’s neither tasty nor nutritious.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    With its starkly contrasted visuals (fierce blacks, Clorox whites, a dash of unholy crimson), The Spirit may resemble a comic book more than any live-action film yet made, but it makes "Max Payne" look like a gleaming jewel of storytelling by comparison.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Bidding to be the “Terms of Endearment” of zombie movies, Maggie sucks all the life out of an idea that just won’t die.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I tried squinting. Didn’t work. I turned my head slightly to the side. Uh-uh. No matter what I tried, I could not, cannot and never will be able to see Ewan McGregor as Jesus Christ.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fine for fans? Sure. This stuff is crack for fans. Crack is really bad!
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is about a situation, not a story — there’s little narrative momentum — and as is often the case with movies about journalists, the mood of smug sanctimony becomes unbearable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Five minutes before The Golden Compass started, I was wondering when it was going to start. Forty minutes into it, I was wondering exactly the same thing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There is also something surgically sterile. The movie sounds as though it was recorded in a padded chamber instead of a bustling school, and it looks like it came from some alternate world, one that basks in the eternal sunshine of the spotless skin.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As a comedy, The Brothers Grimsby is weak and scattershot, but it’s useful as an unintended self-indictment of the chattering classes’ disgust and disdain for white working folk.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The origins story Dracula Untold is Dracula unbold — unoriginal, unimaginative and utterly non-unprecedented. This Vlad the Impaler has all the edge of Vlasic the pickle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This one is a “different kind of superhero movie,” meaning even more fiercely attached to the mode of artistic expression known as “puberty.”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I Saw the Light is as vital as a two-hour shrug.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Much of this footage might have been illuminating, even fascinating, in 2003. But seven years on, it's ancient history lacking insight, hindsight or a fresh take.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Needlessly violent? No, Rambo is needfully violent. Johnny R. is a man constructed of violence.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An icky S&M thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A sour, plotless and witless comedy-drama based on the final Mordecai Richler novel, wants to remind you of "Sideways" and its forlorn drink-moistened soul search. Giamatti is an ideal casting choice, but even this talented actor can't sell a lovable-jerk
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A popcorn picture that thinks it’s “The Last Emperor,” The Karate Kid is about as likely to grab your youngster’s attention as any other propaganda film made by the Chinese government.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A gooey morass of indie-movie clichés, the wacky-family dramedy The Hollars marks yet another egregiously cutesy attempt to rekindle that “Garden State” magic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A caper comedy that forgot to put in the laughs.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The bite and bark of Underdog are both pretty awful, but little kids might take this pooch for a walk.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Chop up the film’s segments, replay them in any order, and things would make no more or less sense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Snowden could have been a character portrait, but instead it’s like “The Bourne Identity” minus the chases and fights, which is like a ham and cheese sandwich minus the ham and cheese. As a consequence, I suspect, this film will make no bread.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sherlock Holmes dumbs down a century-old synonym for intelligence with S&M gags, witless sarcasm, murky bombast and twirling action-hero moves that belong in a ninja flick.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    We keep waiting for a story, or at least some comedy, but none ever materializes. The dialogue makes Algebra II seem fascinating by comparison.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sarah's Key belongs to the Holocaust for Dummies section of Harvey Weinstein's History for Dummies series of mer etricious glossy dramas that ransack global events and turn them into middlebrow women's weepies to fill his trophy case.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through Chronicle is the power to supersuck.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dreary message movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A lukewarm film about what might happen to three New York City friends if the draft were reinstated, proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It's a cute idea that a better filmmaker than writer-director Michael Schroeder could have done a lot with.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is narrated by Russell Crowe, whose star power is probably the only reason it's being released here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even for a horror movie, The Crazies is a bore, and we're talking about the most boring genre this side of dysfunctional-family indie drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sheen's throwback portrayal is appealing enough, but flat characters, dull revelations and uninvolving complications make this deliberately small film feel nearly microscopic.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not very haunty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller Silent House lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Tender, heartfelt and exquisitely dull, the drama Félix and Meira illustrates the perils of trying to tell an emotional love story with meaningful stares and long pauses.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The potential for suspense is dropped (there's a subplot about the receptionist's flight from her violent husband, but he appears in only a couple of scenes) in favor of lots of hushed interludes in which nothing happens.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Risen veers so far off the Bible’s path that it might as well be a tale of this 13th apostle, called Marty, who was in charge of snacks and mini-golf reservations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This "Alfie" meets "Boogie Nights" bio fizzles because, although Sassoon never stops talking, he never says anything.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No
    No, which has been nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is largely a gimmick picture: At all times, it looks like hastily assembled news footage shot on grainy videotape in 1988. That means light flaring up to spoil the image, bumpy camerawork, a nearly square picture and all-around grubbiness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film is a failure if it can't convince us that these two people belong together. It can't, and barely tries.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Porno plus Parkinson's don't quite add up to sexy fun.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Hop
    Hop gives us . . . a bunny who poops jelly beans. That idea doesn't fill you with seasonal joy? Neither will the rest of the movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You know those one-joke "Saturday Night Live" sketches that start to age after six minutes? Blades of Glory is one joke that lasts 93 minutes, costs $11 and could involve sitting next to a guy who retells the movie into his cellphone.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The dull, predictable direction is the perfect match for a watery, nondescript cast.

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