For 1,473 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 56 Up
Lowest review score: 0 6 Month Rule
Score distribution:
1473 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Who gets to say what art is? Does honest emotion count for more than cold abstraction? If Andy Warhol likes it, does that make it OK? Big Eyes toys with some amusing ideas, and that’s enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Killing Bono begs to be remade with A-list stars but, given Neil's history of near-misses, probably won't be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dialogue, we seem to have forgotten, matters, and the words — by the brutally funny screenwriter of “The Departed,” William Monahan — are electric eels, slithering and sinister and nasty. They sneak up and sting you, or sometimes tickle your toes. Lowlifes don’t actually talk this way? Yeah. But if only they did.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As for Grant, who hasn't been this sharp since "Love Actually" six years ago, he is once again the prime minister of cute comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A real actioner, generous with the bullets and blood and chase scenes, that simultaneously mocks shoot-'em-ups.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    If it’s possible to make a morally old-fashioned film about teen orgies, writer-director Eva Husson has done so with Bang Gang, a quietly chilling look at the sex lives of a group of bored high-school students.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A roaring old-school action adventure for kids, with as many mythical beasts as a year at Hogwarts and a healthy dose of smiting without the crazed bloodlust of “300.”
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There are enough sharp one-liners and funny situations to keep things entertaining even as Braff delves (lightly) into genuine dilemmas confronting many a married couple.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nutty as The Lego Batman Movie is in conception, it’s nifty in execution.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Based on a lesser-known Dostoyevsky work, Brit director Richard Ayoade’s breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It isn’t quite as clever as it thinks. This is one of those man-written feminist parables that looks an awful lot like a Penthouse art director’s idea of a feminist parable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In Born To Be Blue, Ethan Hawke plays the heroin-addicted jazz trumpeter Chet Baker as a kind of guy version of Marilyn Monroe — breathy, fragile, a country naif struggling to stay anchored in this world instead of drifting off into the next.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The attraction between the resolutely empirical scientist and his “spiritual,” hippy-dippy girlfriend gives the film an unpredictable quality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Much closer to Scorsese than "Scarface," Notorious gives a heartfelt yet clear-eyed sendoff to the late Brooklyn rapper Christopher Wallace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    High praise for the movie Mother and Child: It's as good as a TV show. Although it's not as fine as HBO's "In Treatment," a show run by this movie's writer-director, Rodrigo Garcia.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Statham is an essential tough guy, what the Brits call "well'ard," as self-assured as Lee Marvin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Boy
    This charming kid's-eye movie, full of comical and vivid detail about the lives of these cheerful children, has the loose, lanky feel of a memoir and of French New Wave films.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It isn't much of a contest: The clear winner is John Wayne, because the Coens are playing his game. The Duke couldn't do the Coens' sly in-jokes, but they've never been able to reach out and move the audience to heights of emotion. Before now, they've never tried.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The movie is much like a really long beer commercial - but a really dark one.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RoboCop is topically up-to-the-moment but stylistically it’s retro. Far from using the story as an excuse to string together cheap thrills and blowout spectacle, its hero has all the heart of the Tin Man.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, Don’t Breathe is just about perfect. It’s as lean and relentless as the best John Carpenter films.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Take a stroll down London Boulevard if you enjoy surly, smart, hard-edged British crime movies like "Sexy Beast" and "Croupier."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Hunger is almost silent, most of its sounds being unintelligible moans and screams.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Yet the film is marred by Hawke’s blundering intrusions as he keeps changing the subject to Hawke: He tells us he often wonders “why it is I do what I do,” as if anyone but he is interested in the answer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary doesn’t stray much from the nature-doc formula of making its stars look frisky and winsome while sprinkling in a few info-nuggets about the critters (they’re older than dinosaurs!). And that’s just fine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    An invigorating and surprising journey.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Sex Drive has shaky moments, and its smutty gags aren't edited so much as slammed together.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Raunchy frat comedies are as hard to pull off as any other kind because they have to keep surprising the audience, and The Hangover does with a bizarre series of uproarious situations with explanations that just about stay within the bounds of plausibility.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Free State of Jones is enticingly difficult to chart. It’s anti-war, anti-plutocracy and anti-racist, but it’s also pro-Bible, pro-gun, anti-tax and sympathetic to the poor whites who usually get tagged as racist. Its hero is an avowed Republican named Newt.

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