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 14.5 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 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For all its promise to be a wry commentary on the savagery of office politics, The Belko Experiment is more like an experiment in how many cracked-open skulls can be crammed into one movie.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Congratulations are in order to Table 19: This comedy about the random losers stuck together at a wedding reception actually, uncannily, creates an experience as dull, awkward and excruciating as the thing it mocks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It’s a captivating throwback that promises to lead the genre away from sci-fi flash and trickery. I’d rank it beside “X-Men: Days of Future Past” among the best X-Men entries.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    It’s Peele’s first film, but it has none of the rough edges or self-indulgence you’d expect from a rookie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It may be a second-rate “Lord of the Rings,” but at least it doesn’t overstay its welcome.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Mia Goth is as fine a name as can be imagined for the actress playing a creepy, hollow waif in A Cure for Wellness, and her name is practically a tag line for this fantastically eerie movie: “Me a Gothic!”
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Nutty as The Lego Batman Movie is in conception, it’s nifty in execution.
    • 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.”
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Fifty Shades will make you dumber.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    In “Raging Bull” and “The King of Comedy,” Robert De Niro did stand-up comedy badly. In The Comedian he does it badly again — there’s that same air of menace and gracelessness — but this time the movie want us to think he’s brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It’s too bad that Keaton plays Kroc as a grasping, alcoholic sleaze as he builds the McDonald’s brand into an all-American empire, but I forgive the movie’s cheap shots because this is one of the most thorough and satisfying depictions of business — everything from quality control to cost-cutting and branding — ever put on film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Heavy-handed message movies don’t come more harrumphing than “Miss Sloane,” a clunky dramatization of the gun-control argument liberals still don’t understand is being conducted solely among themselves.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    If (like me) you have a parental obsession with brainwashing your children to adore everything from Sinatra to “Shake It Off,” Sing may be your most effective weapon since “Happy Feet.”
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    There is a passable 85-minute comedy in here, caked in an additional 30 minutes of flab.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A triumphant and heartwarming film, not an angry and scolding one, that carefully maps how excellence and determination win over the doubters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A great American movie about the greatness of ordinary Americans, Patriots Day combines an electrifying manhunt with the intimacy and feel for character writer-director Peter Berg showed in his brilliant TV series “Friday Night Lights.”
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Will Smith weepie Collateral Beauty couldn’t be more calculated and manipulative if it slapped you on the back, shoved a giant lollipop into your mouth and immediately tried to sell you a time share in Tampa.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Honorable, worthy and windy, Fences is essentially a PBS episode of “Great Performances” that is inflated for the big screen without ever quite belonging there.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    La La Land deserves credit for high spirits even if it’s essentially a collection of glamorous throwback music videos for so-so songs.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is a true story, and at times a gut-wrenching one, even if it necessarily sugarcoats some aspects of the plight of lost children.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    This is Beatty’s first film in 15 years, a project he’s been working on for 40 years, and it’s immensely pleasing to see him in such fine form. Or, as his obsessive-compulsive subject would say, such fine form. Such fine form.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Affleck eschews all the actors’ clichés — burning intensity, soulful suffering, haunted brooding. It’s a magnificently interior performance, the sort of acting that doesn’t call attention to itself but draws us in to peer closer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    I’d love to tell you Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is a cinematic masterpiece, and for most of its running time, that’s what I was planning to do. You must see it. But a great movie requires a great ending, and Nocturnal Animals doesn’t have one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Dramatically inert, satirically inept and thematically insufferable, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the most disappointing film of the year.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If the makers of Trolls must keep going, I won’t be present for the next entry unless it’s “Trolls Meet Smurfs.” With chainsaws. In the Thunderdome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    War was both cruel and magnificent, as Churchill once put it. To Gibson, it still is.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Any parent who has ever scrambled desperately to find a doll to appease a wailing child as though it were a life-and-death situation will appreciate the wit of this multilayered, dread-soaked chamber piece.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Both broader and deeper than the relentless and monotonous “12 Years a Slave,” it’s one of the few important movies to hit cinemas this year.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    It’s told in a woefully pedestrian way, with talking-head footage forming the bulk of this slow-to-develop film. Still, it’s a creepily fascinating tale.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Kyle Smith
    "The Titanic" is now the second-biggest disaster Kate Winslet has ever been associated with. Her new one, The Dressmaker, is like some hellborn alloy of film noir, campy melodrama, “High Plains Drifter” and the Darwin Awards for people who die in moronic accidents.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Less enjoyable than making a baby but more enjoyable than raising one, the animated feature Storks delivers a bouncing bundle of blah.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Running and screaming may be essential to a lot of horror movies, but as Blair Witch shows, they’re not scary in themselves. For that, you need the stuff between the running and screaming.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Snowden could have been a character portrait, but instead it’s like “The Bourne Identity” minus the chases and fights, which is like a ham and cheese sandwich minus the ham and cheese. As a consequence, I suspect, this film will make no bread.
    • 67 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    This movie is resolute about being as homey and obvious as it can possibly be. Somewhere, Norman Rockwell is thinking, “Sheesh, even I was edgier than this.”
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dopey psychological thriller that combines elements of “The Sixth Sense” with an overbearing sentimentality, The 9th Life of Louis Drax flat-lines from beginning to end.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Beautifully photographed and acted, with a somberly affecting tone, the film, by Derek Cianfrance, is nevertheless marred by severely contrived elements.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A dull, listless, derivative chunk of celluloid lacking any spark or even basic storytelling ability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    A pleasingly low-key effort pitched at fans of the first couple.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A gooey morass of indie-movie clichés, the wacky-family dramedy The Hollars marks yet another egregiously cutesy attempt to rekindle that “Garden State” magic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Apart from its thin characters and occasional trite moments, as well as a silly attempt to set up a sequel, Don’t Breathe is just about perfect. It’s as lean and relentless as the best John Carpenter films.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Trite and vulgar boxing flick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It’s a small movie, but in his third feature, indie writer-director Chad Hartigan proves he is a major talent, imbuing the interactions with wit and warmth and charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    After an hour or so, when the would-be comedy War Dogs finally gets around to a point to focus on, it’s stale ammunition that’s been sitting in a dusty Albanian warehouse for 40 years. I assume the movie got its jokes from the same place.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    A cinematic enchantment, a low-key 1970s-style kids’ movie brimming with sincerity and heart. It’s one of the best films of the year.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Borrowing a few tricks from Martin Scorsese, the film isn’t a slavish imitation but an engrossing and grounded drama. It’s a pity, then, that director Federico Castelluccio, best known as Furio of “The Sopranos,” can’t deliver a powerful conclusion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Like a Pixar movie shorn of the cutesy and manipulative aspects that marred “Inside Out,” the animated remake of The Little Prince, hitting theaters and Netflix, is as fragile and beautiful as the beloved rose guarded by the wee fellow of the title.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If it has a genius for anything, it’s disorganization: What promised to be a Super Bowl of villainy turned out more like toddler playtime.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Bad Moms is like “Sex and the City: The Sneakers-and-Minivan Years,” a good-natured girl-power comedy that balances a bland sitcom structure with some weird and hilarious moments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Indignation is devastating, haunting and important.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The sharpest, wildest and most unpredictable thriller I’ve seen this year.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    I love the series, but Jason Bourne is the worst of the five.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Two dull people have a dull love affair in Summertime, a French drama that drags on like an August afternoon.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    They should have called it “Star Trek Into Drowsiness.”
    • 2 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Cheesier than a Kraft Singles truck but half as subtle, Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is an attack on all things Democratic whose many valid points get buried under bluster
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    A scrapbook of bits from better Allen films that builds up to a hearty shrug.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Doremus can’t quite make the emotional breakthroughs rewarding enough to justify the slow buildup, but the icy beauty of the film makes it worth watching.
    • 77 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    For John Cusack in Cell, the bad news is that his phone just ran out of juice. The good news, sort of, is that those who are on their phones were just attacked by a piercing signal that turned them into flesh-munching zombies.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    As filthy as the back of a sanitation truck — but it has heart, too. Most of the comedy is funny, some of it is hilarious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dismal, low-energy affair.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The Purge: Election Year imagines that, right now, laws are being ignored, people gun each other down with impunity and the death toll is horrendous. It’s too bad the title “Chicago” was already taken.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Life, Animated oversimplifies the situation, contriving to use endless clips from Disney movies to make a case that movie magic really can better people’s lives. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie it’s clear that Disney can’t help Owen negotiate sex, breakups or many other challenges he faces as an adult.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Written and directed with compassion by Noah Buschel, the film is a low-key chamber piece better suited to television. But don’t let its restraint fool you: As unshowy as it is, The Phenom has an impressive collection of tools.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Free State of Jones is enticingly difficult to chart. It’s anti-war, anti-plutocracy and anti-racist, but it’s also pro-Bible, pro-gun, anti-tax and sympathetic to the poor whites who usually get tagged as racist. Its hero is an avowed Republican named Newt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Quotable, controversial, anarchic, charismatic and handsome (in an ugly way), the zany avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa had everything one needs to be a star, except talent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The girl kept talking and strategizing as heavy string music played on the soundtrack. This was doubly weird because: a) it made me feel like the bad guy; and b) life doesn’t normally have a soundtrack. Somehow the bitch got hold of a flare gun. Ever had a flare gun fired into your hide? Unpleasant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    If it’s possible to make a morally old-fashioned film about teen orgies, writer-director Eva Husson has done so with Bang Gang, a quietly chilling look at the sex lives of a group of bored high-school students.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Imagine “Moby-Dick” rewritten in crayon, and you’ll get the idea.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Sharp, funny and as mesmerizing as the master’s notoriously languorous suspense scenes.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    The climate-change documentary Time To Choose makes the disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow” look like a model of judiciousness and restraint.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    You certainly get your 20 bucks worth of spectacle out of Alice Through the Looking Glass. So breathtaking are the landscapes, so whimsical are the creatures, so marvelous are the marvels that I wanted to give a standing ovation to whoever signed the check to pay for all this. Expensiver and expensiver!
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    It’s kind of cute but mostly just awkward, somewhere between watching bros who slept through French class trying to work their game in Nice and endless CBS sitcoms about nutty guys ruled by exasperated, boring women.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I tried squinting. Didn’t work. I turned my head slightly to the side. Uh-uh. No matter what I tried, I could not, cannot and never will be able to see Ewan McGregor as Jesus Christ.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Loaded with dazzling ideas that don’t ultimately pull together.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Elstree 1976 is an amazing experience. I’m shocked that a documentary revisiting the making of “Star Wars” could be this boring.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Small fry will learn an important lesson taking in the recycled storylines of Ratchet & Clank: Like nearly all recycling, it’s garbage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Yet merely “playing with concepts” doesn’t quite add up to a film, and The Family Fang, adapted from Kevin Wilson’s novel, feels like an extended therapy session.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    To describe this as a movie about a mediocre businessman biding his time before an appointment probably makes it sound more exciting than it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    An English-language film from Italy, Tale of Tales toys with the ogres, princesses and crones of classic fairy tales to almost no dramatic effect, albeit with lots of sex and gore. Imagine the Brothers Grimm’s cousins Tyler and Jake writing for a late-night slot on Cinemax and you’ll get the idea.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    An Eye for Beauty star Éric Bruneau proves to be a haircut in search of a man, which makes him ideal for this vapid adultery drama that delivers the character depth of your average spread in Architectural Digest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Probably no studio mulls its “brands” as obsessively as Disney does, and The Jungle Book is very much a careful, calculated brand extension, not a reinvention. But that’s just fine: What better lesson to teach kids than respect for what came before you?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Carney’s film (unlike his disappointing previous effort “Begin Again”) is mad, irrepressible youth incarnate, by turns as exuberant as “The Commitments” and (nearly) as heartfelt as “Once.”

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