For 1,352 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 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Victor Frankenstein
Score distribution:
1352 movie reviews
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    In Pay the Ghost, Nicolas Cage investigates a supernatural abduction, but has no solution for the maggot-eaten zombie that is his undead career.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie has the feel of a weary business trip.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    This mild drama plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    DiCaprio and Connelly give off the sexual tension of pickled herring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It makes "Top Gun" look like the work of Orson Welles. At least the Tom Cruise movie remembered to cast actual actors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Inherent Vice, meandering even by Anderson’s standards, is easily the worst of his movies, a soporific 2½-hour endurance test.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The villains are all wrong, the motivations are muddy, even the gadgetry is off. And the swaggering genius at the center of it all has become a preening fool.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Less a movie than a checklist of indiecinema clichés. Youth on a journey of self-discovery? Got it. Dead mom? Uh-huh. Wounded and entitled when it’s trying to be soulful, plotless, laden with indie rock and entirely overhyped at Sundance? Checkarooney.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Jig
    There's no way to put this gently: Watching people slam their heels and toes on the boards while drifting around the floor is about as fascinating as watching the carousel rotation in your favorite microwave oven.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A heist comedy in which the audience gets robbed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For all its outré set pieces it never rises above the level of pretentious trash.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The script suffers from blandness and aimlessness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Argentine writer-director Juan Solanas’ fantasy romance Upside Down is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, “Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Is the Crystal Lake PD really doing such a good job? You'd have to go back to Phnom Penh in 1975 to find a place with a higher per-capita rate of unprosecuted homicides.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Just Before I Go is a “Garden State” retread in which filthy jokes gradually cede ground to sentimental slush.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    UH-UH. Non. Nein. Negative. Sept. 11 is not to be used as the setup for a cheesy disaster prophecy flick.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A great writer deserves a more penetrating and inquisitive documentary: Reverence is not the path to understanding.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    At best a sporadically amusing sketchbook of theater types.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It sounds like it was written by the star pupils at the Cameron Academy of Screenwriting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Satire is merciless; it demands that mocker be superior to mockee.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Banal at the beginning and preposterous at the close, the British horror film Kill List jumbles together wildly incongruous ingredients to create a dramatic mush.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A movie that appears to have been shot entirely on leftover sets from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Both Adam and the stakes are so low, it’s like watching 100 minutes of a slug trying to crawl over a twig.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Throws in enough hurtling bodies, screaming bullets and totaled cars that it at least holds your interest, so it passes the worth-watching-if-you're-stuck-on-an-airplane test.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Things are so dull, rote and humorless that when signboards in a European scene read "Mondiale Grand Prix," I at first thought they said "Mondale Grand Prix," which sounds like an unwanted award this movie could easily win.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It all leads nowhere. There are pull-the-rug-out endings, and then there are pull-the-floor-out endings. The Escapist leaves you standing on nothing, like Wile E. Coyote, wondering why you bothered to come this far.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For a noir, the film is way too talky and convoluted, yet for a physics lesson, it's trash.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Their '50s-style comedy mugging not only don't come across to Americans, it's hard to believe even New Zealanders would care.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Cop Car is an instance of what happens when an airy indie filmmaker tries to “do genre” and winds up being as convincing as John Kerry putting down his demitasse and dressing up in hunting gear.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Matthew Broderick graduates from "boyish" and lurches straight into "curmudgeonly" in the would-be indie heartwarmer Wonderful World.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A kid unversed in other name-brand fantasy movies might go for The Seeker, but in 2007 it's redundant, a puttering Potter without wit and whimsy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A cheap exploitation picture wrapped in miles and miles of stale would-be Oscar scenes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Not every movie can come from the heart: This one is from the crotch. But what’s left for the sequel? Maybe it’ll feature Mark and Denzel sporting matching leather codpieces or giving each other bikini waxes. We can only hope.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn’t been overly difficult.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The cheesy techno-thriller The Outsider is a blaring B-movie that doesn’t have much going for it, but it does have an engaging action hero in its leading man, a snarling Cockney badass named Craig Fairbrass.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    CHOKE tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The first time I saw Yes Man, I thought the concept was getting kind of stale toward the end. As it turns out, that was only the trailer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Sure to be a favorite with racists, Beasts of No Nation sheds no light whatsoever on Africa’s civil wars but turns its gaze on black people brutalizing one another with machetes, howitzers, rifles and anything else that comes to hand. I picture Calvin Candie, the plantation owner in “Django Unchained,” yelling, “Yeah! Git ’em!”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As portrayed by Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky weren't exactly Rhett & Scarlett.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A slow train to Dullsville that makes all local stops. You know a film is in trouble if the most interesting thing in it is the luggage.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The Concert is an art-house trap, the cinematic equivalent of one of those salads that turns out to have more calories than a Big Mac. And for the same reason: gobs of thick, sweet dressing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    An occasionally revealing glimpse inside the mind of Chapman before, during and after the assassination.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Despising the British upper class is so utterly common, as we see in The Riot Club, a farcically heavy-handed attempted satiric takedown of an elite group of Oxford students.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I’m probably more intrigued than 99.3 percent of the American public by the idea of deconstructing the hidden symbols in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” but the theories proposed in the doc Room 237 aren’t eye-opening. They’re laughable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Even I realize that other people's babies are boring. So is Babies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie doesn't really begin or end. Whether the lights have just gone down or the credits have begun to roll, things are pretty much the same for Henry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As for a villain, you could do worse than Bryan Cranston as the evil political overlord who is trying to stamp out the resistance -- When he goes mano a mano with Farrell, it's not spine-tingling. It's embarrassing, like watching a dude beat up his dad.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A 12th-grade "Sixth Sense" with a third-rate plot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The only possible interest the movie will inspire in anyone comes when Paltrow flashes a breast toward the end, far too late to pump any excitement into an aggressively boring film that gurgles with self-indulgence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    No, this film by director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre just isn’t funny, and the mismatched leads aren’t even interesting together.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There probably aren't enough futuristic Goth rock musicals, but Repo! The Genetic Opera is weak on a couple of things a musical needs: music and lyrics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Made to win awards, and I'm here to present it with one: the Cliché of the Year honors, otherwise known as the Hackney.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Transporter 3 is made for airplane viewing, and not just any airplane: an Eastern European one, on the flight from Hrubbishnik to Slutnya.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    "Rush Hour" was acceptable. It was to "Rush Hour 2" what McDonald's is to White Castle. "Rush Hour 2" is to Rush Hour 3 what White Castle is to cat food.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The film as a whole goes from intriguing to irritating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    We watched a story of a Labrador. Who eats the couch and disobeys. I said to Lady, "It's a labra-bore."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Dopey as the film is on a plot level, it’s equally vapid in its psychology.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Goldblum's wobbly German accent and the staginess of the script doom this effort by Paul Schrader ("American Gigolo").
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    At some point, this movie must have been a screenplay. But it's an enigma why anyone would bet tens of millions of dollars that people would laugh.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I don't think he (Apatow) did enough research on his topic. Because no one could be as whiny, spoiled, tasteless, combative and reliant on annoying stand-up comedy riffs as the entire cast of this film, the most disappointing one of the year.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    not so much a movie as an "act," one that belongs at a club called Shenanigans or maybe Chuckleheads.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Isn't as bad as you'd think, but this comic mash-up of "The Bourne Identity" and "Fat Albert" doesn't have much heft.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Every Little Step shows only this: It hurts to flunk an audition, and it's nice to get hired. Everything it has to say about Broadway was said better in Bob Fosse's movie "All That Jazz" -- in its opening five minutes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    In Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler says, "I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of that hurt a lot of people." But enough about "The Bounty Hunter," "The Ugly Truth" and "P.S. I Love You."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Better than most Martin Lawrence movies - much as strep throat is better than malaria.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Seldom does The Bang Bang Club show much interest in the big picture of South Africa. When moral issues do come to the forefront, the big worry seems to be not questionable behavior but bad publicity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The mutants are brain-damaged; the filmmakers don't have that excuse to justify this movie, which is the kind of thing the sergeant would call "a stunning display of individual and group stupidity."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There's too little dog and too much fire house in Firehouse Dog, a mild kid comedy that turns into a flaming arson mystery with some scenes that could be too scary for little ones.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Fake documentaries annoy me — why not put in the effort and deliver the real thing? — and this one is not only aimless and stiff, it also rings false.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Nothing But the Truth is like listening to the fourth-best debater in middle school present a term paper called "Politics, Power and the Media."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Shot through with ’60s London energy, illuminating on several fronts and featuring bits of many great Who tracks, the film is nevertheless a mess that should be taught in film schools to illustrate how not to edit a documentary.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Finish your popcorn early if you’re going to The Green Inferno, and save the bucket to barf in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Some ideas are auto-stolen (from Coupland's last novel, "JPod"), but those quirky atmospherics aren't enough to sustain a largely plotless film.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    You wouldn't call The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day a taut thriller. More like a fleshy, messy, jangled frenzy of shootouts and much discussion about the mechanics of romantic entanglements that bloom between prison inmates.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A few magic rocks and tepid battle scenes do little to inspire interest in the goings-on as Malcolm McDowell and Eric Idle spout villainy and punch lines, respectively.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2010 movie that could have been made in 1940.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dull yet contrived drama.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The undercaffeinated middle of the film consists of dopey twists, slow-burning gazes and dialogue that aims for “heartfelt” but comes out “unfortunate.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The dullness of this writing is more than matched by the dull look achieved by director Allen Coulter, who appears to have shot the film through a piece of yard-sale Tupperware.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The transformation of the girls from winsome wisecrackers into whiny bling-obsessed chuckleheads is complete.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At least there is a happy ending — DeChristopher, for wasting the government’s resources, properly served 21 months in federal prison. Now, he has moved on to Harvard Divinity School, where his sanctimony will serve him well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A formula flick that should have tapped out in the script stage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The film is an exposé only of a filmmaker's senseless contempt for the military.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though Freddy is basically the same guy as in the 1984 original, his back story is different. For a few minutes the movie threatens to become interesting -- then retreats.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The audience, if any, for Chaos Theory is going to be hit with a little puff of celluloid flatulence. The movie won't linger in the air, but that doesn't make it any less embarrassing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    For all of its homicidal aliens and toothy beasts, I Am Number Four did contain one element that genuinely unsettled me: the line "produced by Michael Bay." Nooooooo!
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I'll grant that the film has many layers. All of them are terrible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Hot Rod started to go wrong at about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America's just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Vanessa Redgrave spends Evening dying, and so does Evening.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A wink of self-awareness might have made this a guilty pleasure; instead it's a howler along the lines of this fall's "Law Abiding Citizen."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Remember how "Double Indemnity" featured smart criminals and a smarter investigator? The indie film If I Didn't Care, with its dumb criminals and dumb cops, is a sort of "Double Stupidity."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A self-serving remark on the part of the filmmakers, who place only the tiniest fig leaf of a story on a panoramic canvas of the gory, gross and repellent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie takes us on a journey to an ugly, contentious period in our misty, ancient past - all the way back to four months ago, when "Apocalypto" came out.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I'd call it a depressing soft-core porn flick, but that overstates its titillation factor. Mainly it's just icky.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming, Kite never gets off the ground.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie, directed by the formerly promising Rawson Marshall Thurber (the hilarious “Dodgeball” and the awful “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”), thinks it’s subverting the conventions of the sitcom with a revolutionary new idea, which is: Do everything exactly the way a sitcom would, plus lots of swearing and dirty jokes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie isn't insulting to homosexuals but to comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Shouldn’t Moore run his yellow crime-scene tape around the White House instead of Wall Street? Anyway, President Obama said this month that in cases where the government has fully sold its TARP bank holdings, it has gotten back its money plus 17 percent. Damn those capitalist barons, breaking into our treasury and filling it with their filthy money.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At the end of it all comes McKay’s big angry harrumph about the meaning of the crisis — a sign of failed, frustrated satire. If you can make your message clear through comedy, there’s no need to say, “Here’s my moral.” A funnyman can’t afford to get caught wagging his finger.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Say hello to my leetle dagger! Shakespeare meets "Scarface" in an Aussie adaptation of "Macbeth" gone gangsta.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    They’ve been around so long that they’re now the Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles, and their ’80s vibe — cowabunga, dude! — is so strong that I kept expecting a cameo by Huey Lewis or Max Headroom.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’d like to take back all those times I said Nicolas Cage was one of the most annoying actors on film. It turns out he’s equally terrible when he’s only on the soundtrack. And yet Cage is the least of the problems with The Croods.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This whole movie is pretty much a mental colon blow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 42-minute TV soap has more story than this limp and familiar tale of domestic woe.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Transporter Refueled is a story of bodies: sleek, curvy, luscious bodies, purring for action and ready to let you do anything to them. They’re hotties, these Audis.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Painful, misshapen and a little gross. It's an enlarged prostate of a movie.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Larry the Cable Guy channels both Moe and Curly in the Three Stooges-go-to-war comedy Delta Farce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The real mystery is this: Even if you find this guerrilla art project utterly fascinating, why would anyone bother to release an incomplete film about it?
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A searing, penetrating look inside schizophrenia is exactly what Enter the Dangerous Mind isn’t.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I have no idea how to blow up a two-page fairy tale into 100 minutes of blockbuster, but frankly I was hoping for more backstory about the titular cape in Red Riding Hood. Thread count? Machine washability?
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This is a horror movie that’s really a supposed comedy; she’s (Lohan) a supposed comedy actress who’s actually scary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If the poor really interested such filmmakers, these movies would have something to offer other than lugubriousness masquerading as seriousness, and clichés presented as hard truths.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Ride Along tries to be a comic version of “Training Day,” only there’s nothing in it as funny as Denzel razzing Ethan. There’s nothing much funny in it at all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A horror-comedy that takes a weak premise (do high school boys even go scouting anymore?) and barely uses it, anyway.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though darker elements loom in the shadows, nothing in this painfully sincere film is remotely affecting; just think of it as “My So-Called Strife.”
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie's last words are "This is how legends are born." Make that stillborn, because when the makers of this one pitch the sequel, the only answer is going to be, "Ah HA HA HA!"
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Your average episode of “Days of Our Lives” is less soapy (and performed with more restraint).
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When they came in to pitch A Thousand Words, no doubt by calling it "Jerry Maguire" meets "Groundhog Day," a studio exec should have raised the palm of rejection and said, "When you stop being sadly derivative and write an original idea that's as good as those two, come back."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie, a sequel to 2009's much more sprightly and amusing indie "Women in Trouble," seems to be reaching for Robert Altman territory. Instead of offering many intriguing stories, though, it can't come up with even one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A contrived comedy that could have made an especially weak episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dystopia’s supposed to be worse than what’s in the papers, fellas. Try to keep up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Almost without exception, the men are either sickening deviants or wise mentors while the ladies tend to be kickboxing hipsters or victims of sexual abuse (many are both).
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Lord works in mysterious ways but Persecuted works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A depressing and tedious movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Tired? This series is as exhausted as Shrek after a day of baby wrangling and diaper changing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Wind power plus solar power equals hot air in the propaganda piece Carbon Nation, a documentary so disconnected from reality it could have been produced by President Obama's speechwriters.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rickman has fun playing a lecherous old bastard of a professor in Nobel Son, a pulpy would-be comic thriller, but the movie doesn't deserve him.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Nesting is a sitcom, but a really slow and dull one that barely grinds out 22 minutes' worth of plot to fill a 90-minute hole.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Holmes, with Alice Cooper hair and crazy Jim Carrey eyes, looks terrible and acts worse, unless this movie is unintentionally a lobotomy documentary. Whatever could have happened to her in the last couple of years to zap the talent out of her like this?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A weird mash-up of disaster, horror and dystopia genre pictures, Aftershock fails to make the Earth move.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even for a mumblecore film, Computer Chess is weak stuff, a punitively dull chunk of quirk that is about, and feels like, being stuck in a motel with a gaggle of programming nerds for a weekend.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    To compete with the quintessence of nullity that is Sofia Coppola's insufferable Somewhere, imagine a film called "Wanna See Me Crack My Knuckles?" or possibly "Let's Learn How Long It Takes This Shallow Dish of Liquid To Evaporate."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The terrorism thriller Java Heat sure is violent. I don’t even want to tell you how viciously Mickey Rourke mangles the French accent he’s trying to do.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This infomercial for Helnwein's work as designer for an Israeli opera called "The Child Dreams" doesn't tell us a lot about how opera comes together, but it is accidentally revealing about its subject.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like one of those five-minute featurettes on star athletes deployed to soak up time on the pregame show -- expanded to a paralytic length.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There may be a lot left to say about Hurricane Katrina, but if so, I'm Carolyn Parker doesn't say it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The script is blaring and obvious at all times, and in his second directorial effort, David Schwimmer doesn't have a clue how dull it is for the audience to endure scene after scene of anguish, crying and screaming matches
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a cramped and frenetic 82 minutes, the movie feels long. That’s what happens when the audience can guess everything that’s going to happen in advance.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In Vehicle 19, Paul Walker is back behind the wheel again, but this time it’s a rented minivan and the plot is brainless even for a Paul Walker movie. Get ready for “The Slow and the Spurious.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Viola Davis lets her Charles Bronson flag fly in Lila and Eve, a ludicrous revenge thriller that should have been called, “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie approaches the final scene with a straight face, but it left the audience giggling spasmodically. This script probably should have gone all the way and thrown in a few quips: If your movie is a joke, at least be intentionally funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Their conversation is so insipid that watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A pointless drama that trafficks in cliché.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When the legend of Elvis is reimagined as a mushy Christian heartwarmer in The Identical, it’s as if “Boogie Nights” is playing in the background while we hear about the life story of Edna, Dirk Diggler’s nice librarian cousin from Idaho.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stakes aren't the only problem with this sloppy thriller, which combines careening images with turgid storytelling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Swedish villains are this dumb, put me on the next plane to Stockholm. Just don't make me watch these idiotic movies on the flight.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There’s nothing wrong with being a brainless B-movie, but this one is funless and lackluster, a grinding mess of pulp clichés with dull characters, perfunctory violence and dim plotting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I was searching for a metaphor to capture the experience of watching The Night Before when a character fell backward into a dumpster full of garbage bags. Thanks, guys!
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Biehn has appeared in dozens of B-movies and evidently had no greater ambition than to come up with a grindhouse movie full of sex, gore and cheap thrills, but there is far too little of any of these to maintain interest in a straight-on story that reserves its only surprise for the final 30 seconds.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At last: Uwe Boll has made his first intentionally funny film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A supernatural horror-comedy that's frighteningly lacking in wit, John Dies at the End thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The only part of this movie anyone's ever going to remember is the pair of scenes in which Ghost Rider pees flame.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I think I’d rather have the waterboarding than the movie’s bromides about how we’re all victims and hate must end.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even at a supposed celebration, the well-bred and well-off aren't really happy at all. So the title is ironic. Thanks for that profound insight.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    John Travolta's From Paris With Love assassin/ superagent Charlie Wax is the master of whatever the opposite of wisecracking is. Fooljoshing? Lametalking? Flatlining?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What's Spanglish for "oy"?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The thing is a virtual remake of the fusty oldie "Sweet Home Alabama," which came out back when movie scripts were written on stone tablets.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    With its poky pacing, thin characters, obvious message and predictable plot, the movie amounts to a cinematic sermon that, like many of those given in houses of worship, has a good-hearted message that will be difficult to deliver to a snoozing audience.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This boring, torpid movie notices its own flaws and unwisely underlines them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Yet the moral at the end is that we should all be more tolerant of different cultures. Is that really true, though, if the culture you're trying to tolerate is trying to open your skull with a circular saw?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Among gay Jewish French postman movies, Let My People Go! may be a Hall of Fame entry, but alas, by any other standard this would-be sex comedy is a dismal failure.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Barrymore is still cute, and she and Sandler at least seem to like each other as they get on with the grim business of rom-com contrivance.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Plays like an unintentional mashup of “Being There” and “Elf.”
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Fix
    Aheroin-stuffed hipster buys a dog, eats Vietnamese food and sells drugs to pay for rehab in Fix, the latest piece of cine-junk stamped out by the indie fakedocumentary factory.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Clive Owen stumbles around the scenery doing unfortunate drunken-writer shtick in Words and Pictures, a formula movie whose script is yet more unfortunate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Neil Jordan’s Byzantium dares to rework “Twilight” with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At first glance, Grassroots doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance. Your fifth glance will be at your watch, and at sixth glance your eyelids will be getting very, very heavy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie left me amazed — amazed that Nicolas Cage wasn’t in it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This pointless study of a witless character is a sad waste of Law’s talents. The more zestily he delivers Dom’s profane tirades, the more you wish Shepard gave us a reason to care about this lout.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dull and dreary prequel.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At the end, as I stumbled back onto the street as disoriented and grateful as a released POW, I thought I'd need a calendar to calculate the length of time I'd been away.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Del Toro overdoes the anguish to the point of looking like he’s playing advanced constipation, and the film, by France’s Arnaud Desplechin, gets stuck in an endless series of therapy scenes built around cheesy re-enactments of Jimmy P’s dreams.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    They go on a biker trip from Cincinnati to the West Coast because they are tired of being bored and would prefer to bore us instead.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It seems more likely that a dumb movie will lead only to a time-wasting surge in applications from dummies. Maybe The Internship was secretly funded by Bing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kill the Messenger tries to be the “JFK” of crack, but offers only shrill self-righteousness to answer the crazed energy of Oliver Stone’s masterpiece of deceit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending, but what's strangest about it is that it actually thinks it's pro-soldier even as it portrays vets home on leave as foolish (Rachel McAdams), desperate (Tim Robbins) and dishonorable (Michael Pena) while playing all three situations for laughs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Combining narrative heavy-handedness with an airy disdain for the details of the situation, director Julian Schnabel gives us a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Miral.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The ever-excitable Martin Scorsese, who is listed as a producer and who pops up, bizarrely, to talk about how he decided to stage the last shot of "The Departed," concludes things by saying, "Cubism was not a style. It was a revolution!" Yep. And not in any way a fad.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Great actors make the craft look easy. In the Paris Hilton comedy The Hottie and the Nottie, acting looks very, very difficult.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Far too childish to intrigue adults yet too slow and dull for kids.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s all as pointless as the asthma inhaler with which one character treats his advanced lung cancer.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Halfway through, the jokes stop - the laughs never began - and give way to a tiresome thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There isn't enough revealing material in the tedious documentary Jimmy Carter Man From Plains to sustain an 800-word magazine profile, let alone a two-hour film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Giving Mrs. Tiger Woods a run for her money as the most humiliated celebrity of the month, Russell Crowe accepts a third-banana role in the laughable weepie Tenderness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    One of those Deep Dark Secret movies, the dull indie Lake City combines a wholly uninteresting family mystery with a wholly unconvincing crime drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the Land of Women is one of those films informed by intimate personal experience - the experience of seeing "Garden State."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Never amounts to anything more than a rambling, studenty exercise in undergraduate cinema vérité. Some expressive, arty photography and a mildly satiric attitude toward stage poseurs do little to make the picture bearable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Mostly Unfinished Business is a tale of unfinished jokes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If Young ever converses with the gentlemen from al Qaeda, I expect his comments to be along the lines of "Please don't cut my head off."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie chides us for being a sick voyeuristic society, hungry for the sight of violence. The purity of this moral stance is somewhat clouded by the movie's habit of staging sick violent acts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Whelk, I hope the makers of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs earned a nice celery, but I’m afraid they made a hash of things. A hash seasoned with oy sauce.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The indie road movie Janie Jones is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Rolls out stiff clichés to tell a familiar story of racial injustice in the South.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Watching the film, I did manage to retain my empathy for the narrator, though: I was as desperate as he was to escape the situation I was in.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie's prideful silliness makes it semi-watchable in the manner of Saturday afternoon cable flicks like "Delta Force."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The three friends do things that venture beyond entertainingly dumb and into exasperatingly unbelievable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sounds like a great idea for a gay porno, but the soapy Save Me actually takes itself seriously.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Occasionally there is a striking image or a moment of wounded sweetness, but mainly the film provides ample proof that it's possible to be bizarre and boring at the same time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    How cheap-looking is the modern-day romantic tragedy Private Romeo? Take a couple of friends to see it, and the amount you spend may exceed the amount the filmmakers did.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I’ve read ingredients labels that were scarier than The Purge: Anarchy, a plodding horror flick that mistakenly thinks it has big ideas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Remember when Robert De Niro was an interesting actor? These days his talent, like his character in The Family, is in the witness protection program, never to be seen again.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Confessions of a Shopaholic -- a "Devil Wears Prada" for Chico's customers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Step Up 3D is strictly 1D. Tired choreography and moldy hip-hop gestures accompany insipid characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Goes up for the dunk and misses the hoop, the backboard and the point. Instead, it manages to both strike out and get sacked. Whose idea was it to remake "Slap Shot" a la Jerry Lewis?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cutesy? My pain was acutesy as the entire plot yawned before me.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sorry, but if your sensibility is pure trashy camp, don't expect anyone not to laugh when you try to be earnest.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Drifts awkwardly between popcorn entertainment and angsty mood piece.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A girl with relationship woes can hardly set foot in Europe these days without finding herself hip-deep in yummy food and tasty men. The latest iteration of the story is Letters to Juliet or, as I like to think of it, "Eat Pray Hurl."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the ’80s, I hated Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan and the Smurfs. It’s comforting to know I got one thing right.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A decent idea for an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," The Do-Deca-Pentathlon falls short as a movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The only conceivable reason for Warner Bros. to (barely) release this mush is as a favor to Clint Eastwood, whose daughter Alison directed.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A Walmart "Wall Street," the hedge-fund drama Supercapitalist is junk merchandise stamped "made in China."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    When Mel Brooks checks in to play Dracula’s dad, harrumphing and looking exactly like Grandpa Munster, you realize Sandler and Co. aren’t trying any harder than they did in “Jack and Jill” or “Pixels.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The silliness of Moore's oeuvre is so self-evident that being able to spot it is not liberal or conservative, either; it's a basic intelligence test, like the ability to match square peg with square hole. His documentaries are political slapstick that could have been made by a third Farrelly brother or a fourth Stooge.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Besson provided the story and co-wrote the screenplay for a film directed by McG, who does his usual McGhastly job with action and is McGruesome when it comes to comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This comedy is cringe-inducingly lame and the dramatic turns are visible as far in advance as utility poles on the prairie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The entire script, which boils down to a hopelessly embarrassing lesson about "this beautiful place that can make people live again," seems to have been written within arm's reach of a bong.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kingsman: The Secret Service borrows the tone, story, characters and humor of “Kick-Ass,” only this time in a 007 world instead of Batman’s. Nearly everything it does, it does poorly: This one is “Weak-Ass.”
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    I suppose it's nice that Romero has a hobby, but he couldn't be more of a bore if he were showing off his pine cone collection.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    What If is a case of the cutes the way the Black Death was a case of infectious disease. The movie is saturated with cute, teeming with cute, rancid with cute. I’d endured all a man could fairly be expected to take when I glanced at my watch and realized there were still 95 minutes to go.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even the audience at whom the movie is aimed — the crowd for whom dinner and a movie means meeting up at 3 p.m. — will be bored by the stale funk coming off every scene.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The danger of dreaming up a predictable adventure for a group of nobodies you hold in contempt is that the audience will see your indifference and raise you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    School for Scoundrels teaches one important lesson: Avoid any thing carrying the banner of The Weinstein Co., which is to the multiplex what bagged spinach is to the produce aisle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    All I wanted to do was escape from this aggressively ugly world and its equally unattractive characters. It's not that the movie is in bad taste or cheesy (though it is) but that all of its hyperviolence adds up to nothing: This thing is dedd.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    P2
    This is one of those thrillers where the person on-screen is often the only person in the theater who can't guess what'll happen next. Lots of laughable moments provide camp value, though, and Bentley ("American Beauty") makes for a charismatic creep.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The laziness of this filmmaking (which assumes you know that Gray killed himself in 2004) is of a piece with the emphatically uninteresting tales told by a classic dinner-party bore who once referred to his ramblings as "creative narcissism." He was half-right.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The climax is as dull as reading the dictionary of a language you do not speak.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A wan effort at "Annie Hall"-style comedy, has about as much Manhattan sophistication as a gas station in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At its best, the movie is an unbearably precious slice of stale imitation Wes Anderson. But at its worst, it's dull and strangled by its own would-be jaunty deadpan.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Watching Robin Williams as a pastor giving premarital counseling to lovebirds John Krasinski and Mandy Moore in License to Wed is like having a laugh chastity belt cinched up tight around your funny bone.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A 2 1/2-year-old collection of mediocre stand-up routines and dull backstage chatter, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show demonstrates why comedy clubs require you to have a couple of drinks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Draft Day is lumbering and predictable, and its hero general manager is so dumb it should have been called “Dummyball.”
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    ATM
    Maybe DVDs of "Buried" and ATM will be sold in the same package someday. You could call it a trapped-in-a-box set.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    An indie exercise in macho posturing disguised as a tale of grief, reminds us that losing one’s parents is psychically debilitating. But that’s about as useful as knowing that rain is wet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Hire “Dreamgirls” director Bill Condon to tell the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? Sure, and next let’s hear from Lady Gaga on the Higgs boson particle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Time for another of Steven Soderbergh's "experimental," i.e., half-assed, films.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stone praises Latin America for turning toward "government of the people" (yet ignores Castro's lack of interest in democracy). But it's no wonder he's in such a sunny mood: We see him grow increasingly giddy while chewing coca leaves with Morales (a coca farmer who wants to make cocaine legal).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    As phony as a re-enactment with finger pup pets.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The similar Kevin Bacon HBO movie "Taking Chance" got there first. Worse news: The earlier movie was sober, meticulous and quietly convincing, not a shouty, shoddy bore like this piece of flummery.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This is just a slow-moving skin flick broken up by lots of boring discussions about Cherry's future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A pretentious Euro-snore that should occasion a fraud prosecution for any marketer who calls it a thriller -- and which stars an actor who seems to wish his name were Jorg Clooné.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Moreover, in attempting to update the play to a buzzing CNN world, Ralph Fiennes proves that as a director, he makes a fine actor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Apart from a heart-tugging plot twist, some lesson learning and more random football talk ("no more buttonhooks in the kitchen"), that's about it. Oh, except for the scene in which Kyra Sedgwick - who plays Joe's agent - farts. Be sure to update your résumé, Kyra.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A young Jack Nicholson might have pulled this off, but Jason Bateman is not Jack Nicholson. Pity the actor who thinks he’s edgier than he actually is.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A drippy romance that makes Nicholas Sparks look like Leo Tolstoy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dire musical interludes are sprinkled throughout the sprawling mess Beloved, an uninvolving would-be romantic epic that spans 45 years in the life of a mother and her daughter, starting in the early 1960s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Lazy, shallow and repetitive, Phil Donahue's Body of War is one of the most incompetent documentaries to emerge from the Iraq war.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Though Wilkinson gives an atypically restrained performance that lends the movie its best moments, and Watson manages to breathe a little life into her underwritten character, the movie is hopelessly simple-minded, with corny fantasy sequences, slathered-on folksiness and a plot twist that it would take a miracle of self-delusion not to see coming.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The American Muslim comedian Ahmed Ahmed does lots of jokes about how he isn't a terrorist. How odd: As I sat through his tepid act, I could have sworn he was bombing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sandler's bizarrely clunky kiddie flick, is a sort of upside-down "Princess Bride."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Sundance Mopey Alienation Flick No. 4,228 is For Ellen, an empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If your film is as downbeat and deflated as this one, you had better be leading up to a more interesting insight than, "The older I get, the more I know that I don't know anyone."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This movie's heart is in the right place, which is one way of saying it's terrible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    With Philomena, British producer-writer-star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears hit double blackjack, finding a true-life tale that would enable them to simultaneously attack Catholics and Republicans. There’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A backstage drama that has all the sizzle of a glass of water resting on the windowsill, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria mistakes lack of dramatic imagination for smoldering subtlety.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A circle of lowlifes gradually kill one another off to no great effect in the dull and woebegone comic noir Kill Me Three Times.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In The Runner, the latest Nicolas Cage film to roll off his one-man assembly line of shoddy cinema, the star looks almost as tired of acting as I am of watching his acting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    How bad could the boneyard be compared to sitting through this execrable piece of non-entertainment? Better dead than RED 2.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s unspeakably depressing to see Anna Paquin playing the mom (of a teenager!), but the pointlessness and mediocrity of the Paquin-produced Free Ride is even more depressing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Paperboy can't decide whether to be an unfunny sex comedy, a half-hearted detective story or a woeful race drama - so it decides to be all three, then becomes yet another movie (a swampy "Heart of Darkness") in the final act.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Directed by journeyman actor Matthew Lillard, this tame and by-the-numbers effort never succeeds in making the outcast situation cinematic or interesting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A documentary that uses against Atwater images of lynch mobs, decades-old racist comments of his onetime boss Strom Thurmond, and a clip of Bryant Gumbel calling him "the architect of the evil campaign."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A preposterous supernatural thriller that inexplicably managed to sign up Julianne Moore to star.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the mood for some dead-child entertain ment tonight? Reservation Road has what you're looking for. It's "In the Bedroom" crossed with, um, "Fever Pitch."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At 86 minutes, the film spends exactly 86 more minutes with its subjects than can possibly be tolerated. Coincidence?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There needs to be a 12-step program for movie people to stop sharing their "deeply personal" yet insight-free stories of addiction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The French affection (affectation?) for conversational film reaches absurd proportions in the talkathon Domain.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It's another in the bicoastal indie industry's endless series of self-congratulatory comedies about the alleged dopiness of middle American hicks who do things like read Parade magazine and decorate with flags.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A film so self-serious that it demands to be remade as a Seth MacFarlane farce, The Truth About Emanuel mixes the ludicrous and the pretentious in a story about mommy issues gone wild.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    May be well-intentioned, but it's as obvious and inert as a spoonful of mashed potatoes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Proves that what might be (but probably isn't) worth five minutes of your time while you're passing through the Times Square subway station really isn't worth a 1 1/2-hour movie.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dismal rom-com for dudes that makes the average beer commercial look nuanced and plot-heavy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Within five minutes you’ll guess why John Cusack, not overly encumbered with big film roles these days, didn’t return for the sequel: The script is monotonous, meandering and witless.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A two-hour trailer: explosion, shape-shift, chase, wisecrack, repeat. Its most amazing trick will be how it vanishes from your memory before the seat you vacate has stopped moving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    In the appalling documentary If a Tree Falls, a narrator referring to an arson attack by the Earth Liberation Front solemnly intones, "In one night, they had accomplished what years of picketing and writing had never been able to do." Well, yes -- terrorism does make short work of red tape, doesn't it?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The parallels between the kids' war and the real one are made far too obvious by Christophe Barratier, who made the equally treacly "The Chorus" and infests the movie with nonstop musical goo.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Even if you overlooked the production values from a 1986 porno and special effects like something your nephew cooked up on his Mac, the movie's "Yay, money!" zingers are just a big bag of sad.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s a tiresome, preachy, repetitive, disorganized and dismally unfunny attempt to appeal to Michael Moore fans. The overall temperature of their efforts is strictly room: Call this “Fahrenheit 68.”
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Fails to draw much humor from farcical situations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Preposterous, slipshod, unfunny and emotionally null.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    If we can agree on anything in this great divided land of ours, it's this: Mischa Barton can't act.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This indie documentary is egregiously Hollywood in spirit. That a take-charge white football coach can buck up a place like Manassas HS with some gridiron grit is a lie we want to believe.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long. If they're going to put this artifact in theaters, they'd better charge 1973 grindhouse prices: a dollar a ticket.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Darlings, there's nothing quite so tragique as a boring eccentric.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It's condescending, it's vague, it's unfair and, ultimately, it's pointless.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Old Dogs does to the screen what old dogs do to the carpet. It's unfortunate that only the latter can be taken out and shot.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Love Guru is even funnier than "Wayne's World" or "Austin Powers." Not.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The makers of The Spy Next Door should give 50 percent of their profits to James Cameron for ripping off "True Lies." Let's see, what's 50 percent of nothing?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    There are a couple of grams of interesting stories about Miami's drug traffic in Cocaine Cowboys, but the good stuff is cut with 50 kilos of cinematic baking soda.

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