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
    • 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.”
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    It’s breathtaking. It’s dazzling. It’s world-altering, is what it is. For the first time ever, a movie has actually done it. Hardcore Henry has precisely replicated the experience of watching someone else play a video game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Directed with great sensitivity by Norway’s Joachim Trier, the film is superbly, subtly acted.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Demolition, written by Bryan Sipe is, like director Jean-Marc Vallée’s previous films “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” a tale of interior repair sought through obsessive and near-penitential acts, but it’s stranger and at times more interesting than those other two.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In the end, the movie (executive produced by the late Wes Craven) degenerates into a routine, though ably constructed, horror flick.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A fulsomely, aggressively modest no-star picture, it’s a plotless, pointless two-hour hangout.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    I Saw the Light is as vital as a two-hour shrug.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    In Born To Be Blue, Ethan Hawke plays the heroin-addicted jazz trumpeter Chet Baker as a kind of guy version of Marilyn Monroe — breathy, fragile, a country naif struggling to stay anchored in this world instead of drifting off into the next.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Toby is so un-self-aware that his journey seems like mere obtuseness; what the film has to say about youthful degeneracy is less than zero.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Lovable misanthropes can be a lot of fun, but someone forgot to put in the lovable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Any Christian movie dealing in miracles is likely to be too sweet for some but this one is gently moving rather than pushy about its religious elements.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    As a comedy, The Brothers Grimsby is weak and scattershot, but it’s useful as an unintended self-indictment of the chattering classes’ disgust and disdain for white working folk.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There aren’t enough movies in which Tina Fey fires an AK-47 while grinning maniacally. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot turns out to make excellent use of her established skills while revealing new ones: It’s “30 Rock Me to the Casbah.”
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Chop up the film’s segments, replay them in any order, and things would make no more or less sense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    The Wave, competent as it is, lacks the heart-rending power of the similar 2012 tsunami movie “The Impossible.”
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Like the lobby of a Donald Trump building, it looks ever so expensive and amazingly cheap at the same time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    “I see dead people,” Adrien Brody all but exclaims in Backtrack, a movie that tries to make a choo-choo out of “The Sixth Sense” but immediately goes off the rails.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Hitler didn’t actually snub Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics, but the story is too good not to tell, so Race tells it anyway — adding the (true) detail that Owens was snubbed back home. By someone called “the White House,” because this supposedly truth-telling movie can’t bear to spell out the words Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Risen veers so far off the Bible’s path that it might as well be a tale of this 13th apostle, called Marty, who was in charge of snacks and mini-golf reservations.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Stiller’s one good idea is turning things over to Will Ferrell, who does some amusingly demented things while haranguing Anna Wintour and Tommy Hilfiger and is probably funnier in his sleep than Stiller is at his best.

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