For 1,124 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 11.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Project Nim
Lowest review score: 0 Dance Flick
Score distribution:
1,124 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The slacker comedy-drama-romance-whatever Gigantic will fulfill all your alterna-movie weirdness requirements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A brutally funny deconstruction, a hybrid of “Watchmen” and “Superbad” filtered through John Woo. It’s a boisterously original piece of entertainment . . . that isn’t for everyone. Note the rating, which should be triple-R, as in Really, Remarkably R.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Lymelife, set amid marital decay and teen frustration, isn't quite the "American Beauty" of the 516 area code, but it'll do.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Few documentaries have covered such an important matter so convincingly and with such clarity. When it comes to public education, we are all New Jerseyans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie could -- should -- be a symphony, and it frequently makes excellent use of spare classical music. When Brosnan pipes up, he is as welcome as a car alarm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's strange enough to be raised by your aunt. For young John Lennon, things get stranger still when he finds himself dating his mother.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A small but shattering film that marks its writer-director, Derek Cianfrance, as an artist of real depth, observes relationship dynamics at a molecular level, welling with as much understanding as Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    As a former president of the United States remarked, "Childrens do learn," and what they learn in the heartbreaking yet thrillingly hopeful documentary Waiting for 'Superman' is that adults are finally starting to notice how badly kids have been betrayed by teachers unions.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Cool It -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    For boldness of execution as well as vision, The Red Chapel stands out as a singular, important comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A deeply felt evocation of a place and a people by writer-director Matt Porterfield, who set this largely improvised film in his own lower-class Baltimore neighborhood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Adding goofy uncertainty to shoulders as wide as the East River makes for a disarming hero in one of the spiffiest WWII action yarns ever to march out of Hollywood.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This is all as pure and sunny as lemonade.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    I still can't believe I Melt With You went there. Over the top, off the hook and just plain bonkers, it makes its mark.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Thanks to his (Oldman) mastery, and Alfredson's, no film this year left me hungrier for a sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This movie doesn't get huffy, it gets laughs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Everything Must Go is cinematic pointilism. The big picture is familiar -- busted middle-age man, suburban alcoholic despair -- yet the details are so finely rendered that the overall impression is potently strange.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The funniest movie I've seen in more than a year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Gorgeous set pieces thrill the senses, but there is philosophical inquiry as well. "Alien" was, after all, just "Jaws" in space, but Prometheus ponders where evil comes from and how it conquers its makers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Ted
    The surprise of Ted is that it goes for honest Spielbergian wonder, too, and even earns some tears.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2009 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    This small movie carries great allegorical weight as it echoes the Manson Family, the long list of failed utopian communes that culminated in Bolshevism and the one-child policy that in China has prevented the births of untold numbers of girls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Sincerely directed by one woman (Phyllida Lloyd, who did "Mamma Mia!") and smartly written by another (Abi Morgan), the film stars an unsurpassable Meryl Streep, whose ability to empathize with her characters has never been more gloriously impassioned than it is in this titanic performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A bit more context about some of the topics the witnesses discuss would have been welcome, but Whitaker's stark, unshowy style is probably the most effective way to approach 9/11.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in Into the Abyss, and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.