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 56 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Conversations with God
Score distribution:
1474 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Though far too long for its wisp of a plot, this stylish film has a nerve-cinching grip that makes it more alarming than most horror flicks, let alone most movies about a couple having a tiff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The movie is about a situation, not a story — there’s little narrative momentum — and as is often the case with movies about journalists, the mood of smug sanctimony becomes unbearable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    But for all its 21st-century special effects, the characters, dialogue and values of Fury are straight out of the ’50s. The 1650s, maybe.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Stewart’s restrained performance is affecting, the film seems well-researched about what it’s like to try to deal with Gitmo detainees who throw their own feces, and it isn’t as tendentious as the average Hollywood take on the subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    In Listen Up Philip, the tiny fury of Jason Schwartzman suggests his “Rushmore” character is now 15 years older and a middling Brooklyn novelist. His deadpan misanthropy is good for some acerbic laughs in a movie that starts appealingly but gradually comes to seem closed and stuck.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    A kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming, Kite never gets off the ground.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    The origins story Dracula Untold is Dracula unbold — unoriginal, unimaginative and utterly non-unprecedented. This Vlad the Impaler has all the edge of Vlasic the pickle.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kyle Smith
    A thrilling and propulsive drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Can a series of irritating events make a movie? Yes, but an irritating one: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kyle Smith
    Kill the Messenger tries to be the “JFK” of crack, but offers only shrill self-righteousness to answer the crazed energy of Oliver Stone’s masterpiece of deceit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    Annabelle is mostly a grab into the Great Big Bag O’ Horror Clichés: sound-bombs of shrieking violins explode randomly, doors slam unbidden, rocking chairs creak by themselves, machines suddenly whir to life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Kyle Smith
    A sun-splashed noir that loses its appeal in the last act.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Engaging as it is to look at, this stop-motion animation film from the young Oregon studio Laika seems to have been masterminded by people thinking, “Everyone loves Pixar. So let’s do everything the opposite!” Admirably contrarian. Like being cast overboard and calling out for an anvil.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    They don’t make ’em like A Walk Among the Tombstones any more. Mainly because everyone got bored with ’em and stopped watching ’em.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Kyle Smith
    There’s a fine horror film inside Tusk, but it’s only 20 minutes long. The rest is just blubber.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    The gimmicky title is doubly misleading: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is neither a mystery nor Beatles-themed, but it is an elegantly wrought tale of anguish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Even for a movie about complying with USDA regulations, Dolphin Tale 2 is a little lacking in excitement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kyle Smith
    Yousef’s story, which he retells in the documentary The Green Prince, is one of unimaginable courage and moral awakening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kyle Smith
    Only intermittently does the film treat us to more than snippets of Beal’s woozy, misshapen folk-blues, but perhaps these are best taken in small doses anyway.

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