For 1,474 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Knocked Up
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Yes, we remember one of the best movies of the 1990s, but the sequel is like the moment at the party when someone raises the shades and you realize that it’s blinding broad daylight, well past time to go home.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Vogt-Roberts never develops the characters enough to make us care whether anyone lives or dies and never whips up even a flirtation between Hiddleston and Larson.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It may be a second-rate “Lord of the Rings,” but at least it doesn’t overstay its welcome.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A touching love story that gets sidelined by a tiresome intra-family African political dispute, A United Kingdom has a big heart that beats far too slowly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The first “John Wick” was taut and nasty, a potent slug of B-movie. This one is so enamored of its own extravagance that, on more than one occasion, I was reminded of “Zoolander 2.”
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What profiteth it a man if he should gain the whole world, but lose his hairline? Matthew McConaughey considers the question in Gold, which is in essence a vanity project about a vanity project.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Silence comes to us billed as 30 years in the making. Unfortunately, it plays like 30 years in the watching.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There is a passable 85-minute comedy in here, caked in an additional 30 minutes of flab.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Clipped, controlled and composed, Jackie Kennedy was a woman of her times, but since composure doesn’t win you Oscar nominations, Natalie Portman opts to play the part with a sort of emotional incontinence.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Bad Santa 2 is vulgar, nasty and offensive, but it has flawed aspects also.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Allied is slow-footed and tepid, its plot twists dopey and soapy. I was rooting for things to get interesting, but I would have settled for a few surprises.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The film is never gripping, but at least it moves. Director Ron Howard does his best to spark excitement with cheesy horror-movie editing — brief shots of the damnation in store if the virus is unleashed — and there are a couple of twists to keep things lively. Nothing is what it seems, unless it seems ridiculous, in which case it’s exactly what it seems.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Lacking either the narrative shiftiness or the trashy thrills of “Gone Girl,” this one is the kind of flick few will watch twice: It has about as many twists and turns as an L. The third act of a movie shouldn’t make you feel as though the first two acts were a waste of time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Burton may give us a bland hero, a tepid love story and a muddled plot but, hey, at least he’s got a skeleton army doing battle with giant tentacle monsters at an amusement park.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A cute, spunky found-footage thriller undone by a lumpy plot and a weak ending, Operation Avalanche revisits the urban legend that the moon landing was faked, with some fresh twists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A scrapbook of bits from better Allen films that builds up to a hearty shrug.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    No, Warcraft isn’t a ridiculous mess; it holds together on its own musclebound terms. It neither tries to be jokey nor undercuts itself by being unintentionally funny. And it offers a bit more complexity than some other nonstop action flicks adapted from video games. It’s a real movie, just not a good one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A movie that sets out to make boy bands look silly. The conceptual error is obvious. There’s low-hanging fruit and then there’s fruit that’s already on the ground, rotting underfoot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    After the first two “Captain America” entries, the finest comic-book movies of the last five years, this one is disappointing. The story doesn’t make sense.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A comedy as black as vinyl, Kill Your Friends is a music-industry tell-all set at a decadent London record label in 1997.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    I was too bored to hate the movie. Besides, who hates a stuffed animal? If it actually said something intelligent or surprising, you’d be alarmed, not pleased.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    The Club offers plenty of stifling, agonized atmosphere, but it’s all penitence and no redemption.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Mojave is a movie-length standoff between two detestable villains. One is a serial killer. The other is a filmmaker.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Japan’s loony suicide culture seems like an adequately scary backdrop for a horror movie, but the routine horror flick The Forest mostly settles for cheap thrills.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Don’t expect too much of Heist — it’s a cheesy formula picture all the way — but it has solid character foundations, the occasional bright line of dialogue (“Cops, this is robbers,” Morgan says on a phone call) and a neat final twist. As throwbacks go, it’s more bearable than shoulder pads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    What everyone will remember about Goosebumps is . . . nothing. Except that it was kinda like “Gremlins.”
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Long on heart if short on surprises, Big Stone Gap is an easygoing visit to small-town America.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There might be a great movie to be made out of the financial crisis, but 99 Homes, which is like being shouted at by a man with bad breath while he grips your collar with both hands, isn’t it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, selfish oldsters scheme to rob young people of their vital essence, sacrificing them in the process. It’s basically “Social Security: The Movie.”
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Only in the heartfelt closing minutes does the film cut any deeper than a tired episode of a sitcom about children of immigrants complaining about their hopelessly old-fashioned parents.

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