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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 A Serious Man (2009) Kyle Smith You're unlikely to react with much more than a shrug. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2009
3/4 Crank: High Voltage (2009) Kyle Smith See this f%$&*ing movie, mate. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2009
2.5/4 Star Trek (2009) Kyle Smith Barely competent. J.J. Abrams has a TV soul. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2009
2/4 The Soloist (2009) Kyle Smith A neat summation of how liberal thinking boils down to one symbol -- a soiled, tattered American flag, emblem of our supposed national shame -- and one phrase: 'Force him.' EDIT
Posted May 5, 2009
4/4 Irreconcilable Differences (1984) Kyle Smith There is a marvelous balance in that we have an equal rooting interest in each of the main characters. It isn't a mere satire. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2009
3/4 Observe and Report (2009) Kyle Smith Reminded me of the work of Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Kyle Smith I was hoping Monsters Vs. Aliens would turn out to be a documentary about the Trial Lawyers Association against the Taliban. Maybe both sides would get wiped out? EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2009
3/4 The International (2009) Kyle Smith The whole point of a nefarious institution is that it doesn't have to get its hands dirty. Who needs assassins when you have lobbyists? EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2009
1/4 He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Kyle Smith Seven smiles on the poster of a movie about rejection? Why not make an airy romantic comedy called You've Got Melanoma? EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2009
4/4 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Kyle Smith A new American classic. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2008
3/4 Frost/Nixon (2008) Kyle Smith A better title might have been, 'I interviewed an ex-president for 29 hours and all I got was two lousy sound bites.' Still, an incisive character study. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/4 Bolt (2008) Kyle Smith Essential to the proceedings is a fired-up hamster who believes the dog is the superhero he plays on 'the magic box' and is itching to help him: 'Ring, ring! Who is it? Destiny? I've been expecting your call.' EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/4 Role Models (2008) Kyle Smith Good fun for males in the mental age bracket of 14-22, which is most males. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2008
2.5/4 Changeling (2008) Kyle Smith Could have been made in 1938 with Bette Davis. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2008
0.5/4 W. (2008) Kyle Smith Hee-Haw meets Dr. Strangelove. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/4 Body of Lies (2008) Kyle Smith Gets across a palpable sense of Iraq fatigue. Which is another way of saying it invites the audience to see the talking-Chihuahua picture instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2008
2.5/4 The Express (2008) Kyle Smith Just about good enough to be the 40th best episode of Friday Night Lights. Which has aired 39 episodes. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2008
3.5/4 Ghost Town (2008) Kyle Smith Ricky Gervais is lethally funny talking to dead people in his big-screen debut as a leading man. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2008
2.5/4 Appaloosa (2008) Kyle Smith When you're lookin for an Olde Time, pistol-wieldin', rootin', tootin' varmint, hire somebody other than Jeremy Irons. What is this--Bonanza Revisited? EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2008
1/4 The Rocker (2008) Kyle Smith Memo to Rainn Wilson: A shot of a paunchy middle-aged man in jockey shorts is not automatically funny. Okay, it kind of is. But The Rocker is as formulaic as a Whitesnake song without the virtue of a four-minute running time. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2/4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Kyle Smith What's Lucas's next big idea for brand extension--Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Darth? EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2008
2.5/4 Tropic Thunder (2008) Kyle Smith Half showbiz satire, half action movie, half broad comedy and all Tom Cruise. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
1.5/4 Swing Vote (2008) Kyle Smith A usually reliable indicator of a bad movie is this: It contains the credit 'Larry King as himself.' EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2008
2/4 Mamma Mia! (2008) Kyle Smith Terrible jokes in a movie that is nonetheless hilarious. You will laugh at, not with, Mamma Mia. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2008
1.5/4 Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Kyle Smith Aggressively bland, a display of X-treme mildness, a cinematic saltine. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2008
3/4 Hancock (2008) Kyle Smith His symbol is the eagle. He beats up on little Frenchmen. He is 'the only one of my kind,' the world's lone and lonely superpower. Hancock is a clever metaphor for America in the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2008
1/4 Get Smart (2008) Kyle Smith The Aughties equivalent of the Dan Aykroyd/Tom Hanks stab at Dragnet. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2008
2.5/4 WALL-E (2008) Kyle Smith Too Gloom-E. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2008
4/4 Man on Wire (2008) Kyle Smith A giddy dream, a suspenser, a harrowing surreal comedy of the possible--like Dog Day Afternoon told by Amelie. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2008
2.5/4 Juno (2007) Kyle Smith Being the hipster movie of the year presents a couple of problems. One is that hipsters are kind of annoying. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2008
3/4 Iron Man (2008) Kyle Smith Visual sizzle, top actors and a witty script, yet it could have been so much better if only it didn't try to cobble together a pacifist warrior. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2008
2.5/4 The Incredible Hulk (2008) Kyle Smith Iron Man is easily superior to The Incredible Hulk. Tony Stark's wit, his flair, the way everything comes easily to him and he makes the ladies purr, are all the opposite of what Bruce Banner brings to the party. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2008
2/4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Kyle Smith Packed with fights and chases--but then so were the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. The worst Steven Spielberg popcorn flick since 1941. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2008
3/4 You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) Kyle Smith If "Munich" is the disease, the Zohan is the cure. Some hard little grains of truth make this Sandler's funniest movie since "The Waterboy." EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3/4 Sex and the City (2008) Kyle Smith To its credit, though, the movie turns Carrie's value system, which equates "the two Ls--Labels and Love," to its advantage, and in the second half the movie achieves a nice balance between comedy and drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2008
0.5/4 What Happens in Vegas (2008) Kyle Smith Should have stayed, not in Vegas, but elsewhere in the state of Nevada. How about those mountains where they are supposed to store the radioactive waste? EDIT
Posted May 29, 2008
2/4 Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008) Kyle Smith There's a reason why Foreign Affairs has never done a theme issue about "Dude, Where's My Car?" EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2008
1/4 Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2008) Kyle Smith Not just childish, smug and unfunny but a hideous affront to the 9/11 families, to whom Spurlock owes an abject apology. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2008
2/4 Leatherheads (2008) Kyle Smith Like going to a football game and watching the players bring desks and paperwork onto the field. How boring is this movie? I've been more entertained by halftime shows. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2008
3.5/4 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Kyle Smith Writing and starring in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel gets emotionally naked. He bares his soul. Also, he lets us see his schlong. As Steve Martin said, comedy is not pretty. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2008
3.5/4 Funny Games (2007) Kyle Smith Rivals and probably tops the Ellen Page internet-predator film Hard Candy in disgusting, vile, vicious, incandescently brutal wickedness. So why did I love this evil film? EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2008
2/4 The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Kyle Smith Set your bosoms to heave and prepare to have your bodices ripped: "The Other Boleyn Girl" is in the house with a pair of 16th century foxes. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2008
1/4 Semi-Pro (2008) Kyle Smith Goes up for the dunk but misses the rim, the backboard and the point. Instead it manages to strike out and get sacked at the same time. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2008
0.5/4 Jumper (2008) Kyle Smith A movie about wormholes made from a script riddled with more holes than Hillary Clinton's campaign strategy. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2008
3.5/4 Definitely, Maybe (2008) Kyle Smith This movie sparkles like diamonds. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2.5/4 In Bruges (2008) Kyle Smith A cold little jolt of cruelty, which is more than most crime thrillers can offer. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2008
0.5/4 Fool's Gold (2008) Kyle Smith Ought to come with a warning sign posted in the lobby: no shirt, no shoes, no laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2008
3.5/4 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Kyle Smith Excruciating, ugly and very, very foreign. Sounds like the ideal candidate for the Palme D'Or. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2008
2/4 Cloverfield (2008) Kyle Smith A combination of unpleasantness and stupidity that would be difficult to match, unless you were stuck in bed with the shingles while being forced to watch The Ghost Whisperer. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Kyle Smith Call it Afghanishtar. So strange that Democrats are shown killing Commies--not calling for sanctions against them or filing motions in the U.N. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2007