For 1,412 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 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Hide Away
Score distribution:
1412 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    No one loves a broad comedy like the French, but Gallic touches of restraint tend to keep such light entertainment pleasing rather than blundering.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I wouldn't want to see five movies like this one each week but it's a cheeky, madcap joyride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    For its wicked innocence, this is the finest rock movie since "Almost Famous."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A working-class hero of a film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A mashup of Nick Hornby and Martin Scorsese? Why not?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In the most thrilling sequence of this consistently rousing old-school adventure, Heyerdahl grabs a passing shark with his bare hands, thrusts a hook into it, drags it aboard and guts it with a knife. Now that’s what I call entertainment. I haven’t seen such crazed brutality since Lou Lumenick’s review of “Movie 43.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Like a lesser Python entry ("The Meaning of Life"?), it's alternately brilliant and frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Django Unchained might have been a revelation in 2005. But after Quentin Tarantino and others have spent years spoofing '60s and '70s genre movies, this mock spaghetti Western tastes like it came out of the microwave.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Thick-necked, booze-loving and angry men beat each other with their naked fists: so far, so Irish. But the feuding clans in the documentary Knuckle actually think their habits of antagonizing one another can be fixed by just one more problem-solving brawl.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Fans of deadpan comic fantasy writers like Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut are likely to be intrigued by this lively little packet of weird -- then dive like a dolphin into Keret's loopy story volumes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Essentially amounts to an extended interview with a psycho, fleshed out with background material that, while suitably shocking, is not always illuminating or even frank. The film is curiously shy about calling Varg what he is: a Nazi.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Laden with witty ironies, the film by Anne Fontaine suggests men may not play exactly the roles they think they do in women’s lives.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Cruise's Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn't smile, charm, love the ladies, aim his index fingers to the heavens or sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in bars. Here he just snarls and kills people. Yes, please, and let's have more of the same.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Young Victoria achieves a fine balance. I guess that's what you get when a film is produced by both Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The dialogue, while filthy, is wickedly funny, and sounds perfect coming out of the mouths of these beaten-down characters in their low-rent surroundings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is the British way to mingle ideas and entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Davies’ quiet, painterly film largely eschews musical cues that would heighten its emotional impact, but as it is, Sunset Song is captivating in its sincerity.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago Cubs fan. Tying those three things together is a task that the witty script does with surprising adroitness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Baumbach seems mainly interested in capturing the whimsical rhythms of unformed post-college life, with money too scarce and roommates too ample — but he already did that, did it better and with more rueful feeling, in the much funnier “Kicking and Screaming,” the debut he made at 25 and one of the best films of the 1990s.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    RED
    Red has more snappy joy in store than practically all of last summer's busted blockbusters.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The Romantics isn't as consistent or as well-rounded as its parent, "The Big Chill," or as entertaining as its less literate but more extroverted cousin, "St. Elmo's Fire," but with its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Bateman has rarely had the opportunity to play a snarling lawman, but with his cool aviators and his bristling putdowns he's perfect, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A rock bio minus the fun. The sex is guilt-stricken, the drugs are used to treat epilepsy, and the rock 'n' roll is about isolation and despair.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How dark is this comedy? It's a big hit in Ireland.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Splashed with Monte Carlo glamour, physical comedy and nimble scams, the movie rolls along enjoyably to its goofy but endearing big scene: an homage to "Dirty Dancing."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Stirring as it frequently is, The Way Back is a good movie that should have been a classic.

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