For 1,449 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Venus
Lowest review score: 0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Score distribution:
1449 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though somewhat marred by cheesy docudrama re-enactments, the film (produced by Steven Spielberg’s sister Nancy) is nutty, dramatic, surprising and above all inspiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Deeply personal screenwriting and a superlative performance by Molly Shannon as a dying mom lift Other People above the level of many similar tragedy-inflected indie comedies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Footloose won me over early, with a sequence in which the hero gets all heavy metal while restoring his badass ... VW Bug.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As with "Capturing the Friedmans," the documentary is grueling to sit through. Yet the greasy, guilty thrill of being privy to your neighbors' most intimate dramas makes it impossible to stop watching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    When Hopkins' Hitch directs the audience by waving his hands like a symphony conductor - it's a nice callback to a Hannibal Lecter highlight - it's one of the best scenes of the year: a delightfully personal way to show how the story of "Psycho" concluded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Despite Gibney’s best efforts to put a halo on Manning, the enormity of what the soldier did towers over what has been done to him.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The film is still a gripping experience, though, with its circling sharks, its sun-dappled beauty and its agonies of shattered hope. At one point I was convinced that Sandra Bullock would splash down next to our man in her space capsule and Hanks’ Maersk ship from “Captain Phillips” would steam by to pick up both of them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The magical mystery that is Paul McCartney may never be solved, but for fans (the line forms behind me), the new documentary The Love We Make includes some memorable displays of his world-conquering charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    How this thing got made in Hollywood is a mystery, but I laughed at most of it, especially the mean stereotypes about the French and the even meaner stereotype about England's soccer team.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Po speaks loudly and carries big shtick. Let the rest of the world cringe at our hyperconfidence, our charisma, our pure awesomeness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Director Susanne Bier's chilly morality play is slow to get started, but once established, its three parallel stories comment provocatively on one another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Though Despicable Me is a little ragged on story, it's got a lot of imagination and a heart as warm as a fluffy kitty.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dispenses with much of the caramel gooeyness of the first two episodes in favor of decent action, some heartfelt tender moments and even a splash of wit. This time they’re actually Twi-ing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    May serve as a useful way to introduce teens to what World War II in Europe was like.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As subtle and careful and slyly disturbing as Child’s Pose is though, it and many others of its genus suffer from an airlessness, pacing like the growth of algae, a dishwater color palate and a dirge-like monotone.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A warning: One scene in the middle is almost outrageously cruel and graphic. If you're the type of person who has to be reminded, "It's only a movie," stay away. This is the most depraved and dreadful piece of screen horror since last year's "Funny Games."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Once it calms down and stops trying to be funny, it turns into a thoughtful and intriguing drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The hopelessly dated 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" yields a surprisingly sprightly and multifaceted documentary, Making the Boys.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A desperado drama wrapped around a Bernie Sanders campaign speech, Hell or High Water overcomes its vapid political leanings with loads of West Texas atmosphere, smart dialogue and acutely observed relationships.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Gentle, tender and very French, The Hedgehog is cinematic poetry -- too bad about that prosaic plotting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    At the end the film turns into an infomercial for President Obama’s Iran deal, but Gibney delivers plenty to think about — and fear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Role Models isn't a classic like "Superbad" or as hilarious as this summer's "Step Brothers," but it's excellent fun for males in the mental age bracket of 14 to 22, which is most males.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Typically, To the Wonder seems mostly locked in the thoughts of its characters, whispered so only we can hear, with no more actual back-and-forth dialogue than would cover the back of your ticket stub.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller.

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