For 1,180 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 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
1,180 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Top performances by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones, though, make the film emotionally rich.
    • 65 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A captivating Tom Hardy is in the driver’s seat for the one-man show Locke, but like many experimental films, this one suffers from its self-imposed constraints.
    • 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.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film, like the man, is never boring.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Writer-director Jon S. Baird has devilish fun with the hilarious black-comic elements of Irvine Welsh’s novel, but the incessant bad behavior does get a wee bit monotonous, and the twist ending is disappointingly pat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A sickening horror parable disguised as a comedy of mores, the Netherlands’ Borgman is a rarity: a genuinely shocking, upsetting movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Its young director, however, has a considerable flair for surprise and visual gusto, and he even, on a shoestring, delivers sharp-looking special effects.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Roger Ebert makes an unusual candidate for a documentary: He was a writer, which isn’t cinematic, and not the swashbuckling kind. He didn’t go to war zones, just movies.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The attraction between the resolutely empirical scientist and his “spiritual,” hippy-dippy girlfriend gives the film an unpredictable quality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In a captivating climax, the movie turns attractively freaky, though somewhat marred by cheesy special effects, and there’s a huge debt to the immense leaps of “2001.” An abrupt ending feels frustrating and leaves questions floating in space. Then again, I’m using only 3 to 5 percent of my capacity, so what do I know?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nearly as good as the average episode of TV’s “Friday Nights Lights,” which makes it better than most movies and one of the better sports films of recent years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Ends up feeling familiar.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The highlight is a meta touch: A funny on-screen résumé is posted each time we meet a new character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Watching it is like being the only non-stoned person in the room as someone tells a long, long story.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    For short stretches, the movie has a touch of surreal "Office Space" brilliance, but it's broadly acted, its characters are thin, and the production values are ragged. Still, it's hard to resist its goofy hostility: "You're like the drummer from REO Speedwagon. Nobody knows who you are."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The mild British wackiness is more droll than funny, but the movie is a pleasant cup of tea.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    On the M. Night Shyamalan scale of stupid endings, The Prestige isn't as bad as "The Village" but it's comparable to "Unbreakable."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A boldly original undertaking: It's the first movie ever to come up with the idea of remaking "The Truman Show."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    All three segments are heavy on blame-America speeches, which may be a fair snapshot of Iraqi opinion, but it's strange how fond Longley seems to be of Saddam Hussein.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    There's a geyser of ambition in the visually stunning The Fountain, but the story of a thousand-year quest for the Fountain of Youth eventually trickles out.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It is a better option than the third "Santa Clause."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The beginning and end are classics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    "Babe" was a classic because of its gentle simplicity. Charlotte's Web, with its insistently "magical" theme music, an overbearing climax and a trough full of bad jokes, is merely adequate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Director Alfonso Cuarón has a vision so mesmerizingly terrible that it alone - at least, for those who enjoy a gorgeous nightmare - is reason enough to see the film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Stieve and Glosserman may yet strike a vein: This thing screams out for a Hollywood remake with, say, writers from "The Simpsons."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Swank's character, Erin Gruwell, is a real educator who, in the years following the Rodney King riots, coaxed her students into writing about their bullet-riddled lives.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The chatty killer and the nervy atmosphere are both so depraved that the film, though it contains hardly any explicit violence, is like stepping into a blood Jacuzzi, and there is a biblical severity to the ending.