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 War Horse
Lowest review score: 0 Illegal Tender
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Dropping by on the same people every seven years like an old friend - or an unwelcome relative - Apted has constructed a peerless, suspenseful work that develops character to a depth that would make Tolstoy jealous. If you have any interest in documentaries, watch the DVD of the first film, "7 Up" (49 Up hits DVD Nov. 14). You won't be able to stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A sublime meditation that is one of this year's wisest, warmest and funniest films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Ridiculous comedies can be fine, but the ones that matter creep up close to the truth. This one lives in it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    What a sweet collision is Rescue Dawn: the American psycho meets the German kook.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Director Zack Snyder's cerebral, scintillating follow-up to "300" seems, to even a weary filmgoer's eye, as fresh and magnificent in sound and vision as "2001" must have seemed in 1968, yet in its eagerness to argue with itself, it resembles "A Clockwork Orange."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Getting a small cohort of humanity dead right is an impressive artistic achievement, but Mike Leigh's beautifully modulated English drama Another Year advances even farther.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Deep, disturbing and funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It's not a knock on Steven Spielberg to say he is history's finest maker of children's movies. His capacity to evoke simplicity, awe, beauty and unconditional love are his genius, and his vision of the children's story War Horse is a gorgeous, majestic fable about a boy who yearns to be reunited with his steed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    56 Up is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries, beginning in 1964 with "7 Up."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Twice I have left a Calvary screening feeling dazed and moved.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    That the story has largely gone untold is a shame, and Kennedy (daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy) has done a service to the country in reminding us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    The moral alertness of the film is of the level normally confined, in military pictures, to talky courtroom scenes, yet Eastwood skillfully works dilemmas into propulsive and suspenseful action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    It’s that priceless dialogue, the bitter ironies, the magnificently skeevy cast of characters and even the overall structure that make The Seven Five “Goodfellas” in blue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    The End of the Tour is a five-day bender of a talk — a film that illuminates like few others the singular pleasure of shared discovery of one another’s sensibility. In an unassuming way, it’s a glory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    Sharp, funny and as mesmerizing as the master’s notoriously languorous suspense scenes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Dizzy with celebrity, New York society and gay life (if all that isn't the same thing), Infamous is more fun. But "Capote" is a better movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Coppola works in weird ways, but the real Versailles was so much weirder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Five people did escape, and they contribute their stories to the spellbinding documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    If Martin Scorsese were 30 and a Los Angeleno, he'd be making movies much like this one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    What "Rent" should have been, Once is: a Bohemian rhapsody.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Actors tell us that dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedies about dying are hardest of all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    It's a pulp story pinned to the screen with an ice pick of conscience in a manner that would have pleased Allen's idol, Ingmar Bergman.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Mighty entertainment that makes you feel sorry for the saps next door in the multiplex.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The movie all but proclaims U2 the world's best rock band. Somewhere, Mick Jagger's jaws are grinding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    The highest praise I can give a superhero movie is that it makes me forget about its 10-cent-comic-book soul.

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