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Kyle Smith

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Little Pink House (2018) The writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker is painstaking about the various tricks government uses to adapt the rule of law to its own desires.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
92% Andre the Giant (2018) Director Jason Hehir finds the humanity in this superficially bestial figure.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) So this isn't a great tennis film but rather a beguiling character study, a rumination on two Shakespearean types.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) As awe-inspiring as 2001 is in its own terms, it's only when you measure it against its peers that you can appreciate how much Kubrick achieved. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
77% Chappaquiddick (2018) Some speculation is unavoidable in the screenplay, but what is known is damning, indeed infuriating, and seeing these events play out on screen lends them the capacity to shock us all over again.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) It's merely straight-up horror that drops you right into the situation... For me, that's not enough, not when the characters are as uninspiring as this lot.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg has a frighteningly plausible vision of our near future, but he lacks the courage to follow through on its implications.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's films tend to inspire coffee-table books. This one is a coffee-table book, fun to flip through or dip into but not ideal for reading from cover to cover.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) Gently sliding each piece into place like a carpenter blandly assembling a guillotine, Soderbergh creates something close to the perfect horror movie for our time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) I admired its daring and its ambition, but though it's well worth your time, it doesn't entirely come off. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
92% Midnighters (2018) Ideally, a story like this executes one sharp turn after another while keeping its wheels on the road of plausibility. The Ramsays have pulled off that feat with aplomb.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
92% Good Time (2017) Pattinson's Connie is a classic anti-hero, repellent and attractive at the same time: You want him to keep finding an escape hatch, but you also want him to be caught in the end. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
15% Mute (2018) Netflix, being new to the game and eager to build relationships, is awfully indulgent with filmmakers, but a studio president would have told Jones to throw this half-baked script back in the oven.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Making movies steeped in vagueness these days is proving to be an excellent way to earn critical praise, but being artfully ambiguous strikes me as a way to cover for not being able to finish the job.‐ New York Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow turns out to be such a smartly crafted work that it's a shame it thought it had to be prurient to hold our attention.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
100% Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018) Repackaged, Rock's set could actually make for a Peterson-style self help guide - Rock's Rules for Life.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
96% Black Panther (2018) The bad guy is so brilliantly realized by Coogler's frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan as Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, a former Navy SEAL gone bad. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Eastwood and his screenwriter failed to build much of a movie around a few minutes of immense courage.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
61% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) The sad-clown image may be a cliché, but there's nothing trite about this movie's handling of Kenney's story.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) To understand why Rhodes and Obama are so pleased with their foreign policy, you have to understand the way they think. The documentary is revealing about that.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) If anything, 12 Strong is most useful in its ability to remind us of that moral clarity we have lost in the years since 9/11, which already feels like a day from another, more serious and sober era. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
26% Bright (2017) I'm not sure the racial allegory adds up to anything much, but give Bright credit for being unlike anything else the movies are serving up these days.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) I think only critics (who are predictably swooning over the film) and not ticket-buyers are interested in this kind of howitzer attack on the plutocracy, but we'll see. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) So many elements in Episode VIII are recycled that it could have been called Rerun of the Jedi.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) "Feel-good" is not the sensation Anderson seeks to induce; more like, "Feel inclined to burn down the movie theater."‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
87% The Post (2018) But Streep is sublime. At the core of her genius as a performer - and she has earned the right to be called the greatest actress in Hollywood history - is that she keeps finding another approach, keeps surprising us.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) ...the nicest way I can describe it is E.T., phone Harlequin.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) Now it's Churchill's turn to be shrunken down to a more manageable size.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
88% Novitiate (2017) Novitiate is mostly an open-minded consideration of the devotion that makes some women choose a life of limits, as well as a useful illustration of why inherently conservative institutions are wise to be skeptical about change.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) They don't make 'em like Murder on the Orient Express any more, but when they do, by chance, make 'em, they should cut 'em into tiny pieces, place 'em in a hole, and set 'em on fire, possibly with a sign warning everyone not to sift through the ashes.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) We've seen bad DC movies and bad Marvel movies. But Justice League is something new: It's a bad DC movie and a bad Marvel movie at the same time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) The film gradually gets bored with its own grandstanding and winds up saying not much of anything.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney's sixth film as a director ... is Suburbicon, a misbegotten mashup of camp, satire, noir, and social commentary based on a Joel and Ethan Coen script from last century. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) As much fun as it is, Ragnarok, by treating everything as an opportunity for a goof, forfeits any chance of taking root in your imagination. Nothing matters here.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) Harrelson gets close to the essence of this dynamic, irascible, essential figure, making the film a fine introduction to a president far more consequential than the man he succeeded.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Sacred Deer winds up being a horror film without a satisfying payoff, a morality play without a lesson, a comedy with maybe four laughs. It's a think piece of a movie, but the more I think about it, the less I like it.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is the rare teen movie that vindicates the world's exasperating moms.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
94% Spielberg (2017) The new documentary makes a strong case that at the peak of his powers, Spielberg may have had many colleagues, but he had no peer.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 may be breathtaking cinema, but it isn't great storytelling.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Noah Baumbach's latest movie is touching, hilarious, and boisterous.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) Written and directed with rich texture by Sean Baker, The Florida Project, which just debuted at the New York Film Festival ahead of its release this week in theaters, is the latest in a vivid, intensely naturalistic new subgenre of white-trash cinema. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater's latest avoids the propagandistic traps that doom so many other recent left-wing war films by evincing real respect for the troops.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
86% American Made (2017) If trafficking in cliché were a federal offense, everyone involved with this movie would be looking at prison time.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Like a Bill Clinton-style Democrat, though, a film such as this one that would have been a huge success in the 1990s today simply reminds us that the species to which it belongs is vanishing.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The movie's implied contention that women's tennis offers the same quality of play as men's simply doesn't withstand acquaintance with the facts.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
92% Stronger (2017) We should use the occasion of this expertly crafted microcosm to look closely at one agonizing example of what Islamist fanaticism is doing to people all over the globe. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Mother, an exercise in torture porn, may be the vilest movie ever released by a major Hollywood studio.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status is a thoughtful and autumnal indie.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) Flourishes that may work fine when they're confined to the page seem laughable on-screen, and the visual effects are uniformly unconvincing.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Viewers who watch with a curious mind rather than a hushed awe for His Goreness might have a few questions.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017