For 1,400 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 12.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 The Salon
Score distribution:
1400 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    There’s something strange and dreamlike and delicate and beautiful about Anomalisa, an animated film for grown-ups that takes a long while to make its point, but does so with a dark brilliance.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Those expecting an exhilarating, "Pulp Fiction"-style wrap-up will also be disappointed. Instead, Flowers gives us the impression - as the end of "Traffic" did - that we've just taken a few turns on a merry-go-round of doom that is going to keep spinning long after the movie ends.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How this thing got made in Hollywood is a mystery, but I laughed at most of it, especially the mean stereotypes about the French and the even meaner stereotype about England's soccer team.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Eva Green...Gaspingly beautiful, wouldn't you say?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is an entertaining stroll through a colorful gallery of characters including, in villain mode, former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas Hoving. "She knows nothing. I am an expert," huffs Hoving, who is so nasty he might as well be wearing a monocle - making Horton that much more fun to root for.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There's a pleasing tension in the air as their relationship comes to seem like something of a contest: With two women this needy, who will out-crazy the other?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A viral blast of the American Dream. It's "Rocky" with a briefcase.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Better than decent. But if Stallone (who wrote and directed the flick) had pulled a few punches to the heart, it could have been truly worthy of that first, glorious movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Miller is wincingly good at playing up the innocence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's an underdog story with teeth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The doggedness and good will of these men are irresistible as they pick up on the American dream, finding work and even college educations while trying to locate their missing relatives back home.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    German guilt gets a vigorous workout in the penetrating and symbolically important documentary Two or Three Things I Know About Him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    So why does the Democratic Party hate him so much? The answer, as this valuable (if blatantly pro-Nader) documentary makes clear, is hypocrisy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film, made by two Cuban-American exiles (and produced by their friend, Charlize Theron), makes an ironic point about Cuba: This is a land where the grandparents are revolutionaries (or at least say they are) but the kids are yearning for capitalist globalization.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is the British way to mingle ideas and entertainment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Shifting the self-deprecating japery of "High Fidelity" from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    We may not need another IRA movie, but even so, Ken Loach's Brit-bashing historical drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley, winner of the top prize at Cannes last year, raises hard questions about Ireland's uncanny ability to kneecap itself.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a Canadian "Six Feet Under," the indie dramedy Whole New Thing mixes characters (teen and adult, gay and straight, married and single) who seem both completely plausible and capable of anything.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It's ragged, and at times it scrapes your comedy ganglia like a cheese grater. But 15 minutes or half an hour is an ideal chunk of time to set aside for truly inspired absurdism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A real actioner, generous with the bullets and blood and chase scenes, that simultaneously mocks shoot-'em-ups.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Never before have I been so emotionally involved with an apple core, or seen salvation in a flip-flop. Taika Waititi, you had me at nunchuks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sharp little psychological thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Some bits are too stagy, but for the most part this long night feels like an interview that could have actually happened. Miller is so good - dumb, smart, wounded, wounding, a lollipop of sweet poison that you'd buy every day until it killed you - that you feel you not only understand her but all actresses.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Imagine "Clerks" director Kevin Smith with a background in poetry and painting instead of comic books and bestiality jokes, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from an exciting new filmmaker named Sean Ellis, whose terrific debut is called Cashback.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though it does have a handful of dirty jokes meant to earn the audience-pleasing PG-13 rating and features Marge swearing, it falls short of classic status.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Instead of trying to make Austen's life entertaining by pretending it was just like her work - as in the dull recent French movie "Molière" - Becoming Jane has a more astute appreciation of how Austen, or any fiction writer, works. There's a bit of stealing from life, lots of exaggeration, some wish fulfillment, mix-and-match character assembly.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly weird, dryly funny little indie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Not since "300" have I seen such manly mano-a-mano-ing as the iron clash of wills in the docu mentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

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