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 Rescue Dawn
Lowest review score: 0 Constellation
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Just Before I Go is a “Garden State” retread in which filthy jokes gradually cede ground to sentimental slush.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Tender, heartfelt and exquisitely dull, the drama Félix and Meira illustrates the perils of trying to tell an emotional love story with meaningful stares and long pauses.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    The ludicrous action thriller Beyond the Reach fails to achieve the Southwestern noir potency of “No Country for Old Men,” but there’s no denying it brings to mind another Southwestern classic about malicious pursuit: the Road Runner cartoons.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Calling Child 44 a mash-up of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Silence of the Lambs” doesn’t do enough to capture how strange it is.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A circle of lowlifes gradually kill one another off to no great effect in the dull and woebegone comic noir Kill Me Three Times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Ex Machina offers plenty of intriguing style but a spotty story line.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A backstage drama that has all the sizzle of a glass of water resting on the windowsill, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria mistakes lack of dramatic imagination for smoldering subtlety.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    Proving it’s still possible to stick to the broad contours of “The Graduate” story and come up with something brightly endearing, 5 to 7 is a memorable directorial debut for “Mad Men” writer Victor Levin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Shot through with ’60s London energy, illuminating on several fronts and featuring bits of many great Who tracks, the film is nevertheless a mess that should be taught in film schools to illustrate how not to edit a documentary.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Dryly comic, arch, sleek, and suffused with mood-setting tracks by the likes of X and Depeche Mode, Electric Slide has some of the mordant absurdity of the novels of Bret Easton Ellis. Like its dim hero, it’s going nowhere, but traveling in style.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    If the jokes in Get Hard were a set of Jeopardy categories, they’d read as follows: Things Will Ferrell Puts Up His Butt, Butt Rape, Shots of Will Ferrell’s Bare Butt and Satirical Comparisons of Violent and Nonviolent Crime Not Excluding Mentions of Balzac.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Grunting and boarlike, Gérard Depardieu supplies a one-note rendition of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Abel Ferrara’s peculiarly unilluminating Welcome to New York.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Despising the British upper class is so utterly common, as we see in The Riot Club, a farcically heavy-handed attempted satiric takedown of an elite group of Oxford students.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Watching Penn pump iron and denounce capitalism for two hours would be roughly as illuminating as this monotonous Euro-thriller.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    Struggling for the same vibe as male-bonding comedies like “Diner,” Growing Up & Other Lies instead feels like a really long beer commercial, except beer commercials usually contain at least one witty idea.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Run All Night is routine in its contours, occasionally sloppy in its editing and filled with the usual implausibilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Yet the film is marred by Hawke’s blundering intrusions as he keeps changing the subject to Hawke: He tells us he often wonders “why it is I do what I do,” as if anyone but he is interested in the answer.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Mostly Unfinished Business is a tale of unfinished jokes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    A dull, trite thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    There should be a word for the friendly rudeness of deli waiters: In the documentary Deli Man, they’re described as being as brusque and familiar with you as if you’re there three times a day — even if they’ve never seen you before.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Preposterous, slipshod, unfunny and emotionally null.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Kyle Smith
    '71
    It’s a rare film that locates viciousness and kindness on both sides of Northern Ireland’s Troubles.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Within five minutes you’ll guess why John Cusack, not overly encumbered with big film roles these days, didn’t return for the sequel: The script is monotonous, meandering and witless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Slightly radical in portraying high schoolers as human beings of normal niceness and intelligence. That means this winsome comedy is a little low in the stakes department, not to mention predictable, but it gets an “A” for charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Most of the best gags are in the early going and the film seems ever more stretched and thin as it goes on. It would have made a brilliant eight-minute sketch, though.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kingsman: The Secret Service borrows the tone, story, characters and humor of “Kick-Ass,” only this time in a 007 world instead of Batman’s. Nearly everything it does, it does poorly: This one is “Weak-Ass.”
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Seventh Son is not a good movie, but it’s also not a pretentious one, and I call that a fair trade.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A searing, penetrating look inside schizophrenia is exactly what Enter the Dangerous Mind isn’t.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    It’s mainly instructive in that it shows how liberals believe the end always justifies the means.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 Kyle Smith
    A sci-fi actioner with the production values of your average porno, Alien Outpost spews clichés like a machine gun set on maximum triteness.

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