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 14.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kyle Smith's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 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.

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