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Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Maybe in a few more years Seinfeld's act will turn as grouchy, petty, and misanthropic as [Larry] David's. If so, Jerry might revert to being one of the best standups instead of merely the richest.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) Guess who made it? Barack and Michelle Obama's production company. It's called, as the book was, Becoming. It turns out the title is a bit ironic.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
80% Sincerely Louis C.K. (2020) The title is not ironic: He is sincerely trying to tell something like the truth about what it's like to be the person he is, a severely flawed man of the early 21st century.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
41% Endings, Beginnings (2020) Beneath its loosey-goosey indie texture (jumpy editing, hand-held cameras, washed-out colors, overlapping dialogue), Endings, Beginnings is acutely focused.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
70% Abe (2020) Abe boxes itself into a corner it can't get out of, so the hurried third act amounts to a cop-out that avoids the conflict.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
83% Midsommar (2019) Combines the nightmare paganism of The Wicker Man with the stately, painterly elegance of The Shining.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) Resistance successfully channels the spirit of mime in that it is completely unbearable. The more light-hearted it tries to be, the more anvil-like it is, and the more sobering it tries to be, the funnier it is. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
58% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Unfortunately, it continues his string of mediocre-to-poor films... The most egregious error this time is in casting.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) This dope's gallery of condescending liberals and ignorant rednecks is pretty much guaranteed to irritate everyone.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
88% Onward (2020) A lot of movies can make you cry at the end, but a movie that can make you cry in the first 20 minutes? Ah, the Pixar touch. Onward is such a movie, one of the very best Pixar has made, full of comedy with a purpose and pointedly metaphorical action. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
69% Balloon (2020) Balloon revels in exploring the details of every possible kind of danger these people face, so it's a nerve-wincher, a cracking good escape thriller, but that's not all it is.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) The film is, on its surface, a smoothly orchestrated work of suspense, but underneath that, it's an open-ended parable.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) The film is convincing evidence that you can bestride the planet like a sparkly cheeked, thigh-booted Colossus and yet feel besieged, beleaguered, and frail. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
96% American Factory (2019) Rarely does a sober, even-keeled reckoning come along to illuminate the human suffering of creative destruction while gently acknowledging that this is the way it has to be. Such a portrayal is American Factory, a heartbreaking Netflix documentary.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
35% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) Thomas may be the most famously silent public figure since Calvin Coolidge. But he has much to say in Michael Pack's excellent documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
91% The Assistant (2020) Even at 85 minutes, the movie is heavily padded, and... the casual viewer will wonder whether it might have been wise for the filmmaker to develop a feature-length story before starting production.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen turns out to be a spiffing revival of that quintessentially 1990s genre, the hilariously bloody smooth-talking gangster opus.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
14% Dolittle (2020) After the Avengers saga, watching Robert Downey Jr. wade through this claptrap is like watching your favorite bright young college graduate accept a job emptying bedpans.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
85% Les Misérables (2020) It'd be unfair to Ly to characterize the film as simply a serious dramatization of social issues; it's also fast-paced entertainment.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Keeping a take going for an entire movie, though, is a mistake. It redirects the attention from the story to the technique. To be slightly rude about it, it makes Sam Mendes, not his characters, the star of the movie.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) In other words, liberals and conservatives can find common ground, if the conservatives would just agree to surrender the field of ideas to the liberals and step out of the way... The Two Popes is fantasy built on lies.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
21% Cats (2019) The look of the actors is so strange you can't get over it: It's the Uncanny Alley. The actors have tails and fur, but also hands. The lady cats have bosoms. Millions in digital effects have yielded the strangest species mashup since Manimal.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's time to freeze this franchise in carbonite for a while.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Josh and Benny Safdie have crafted another crazed, flavorful, cinematic slug of hooch. At the end of the movie, I felt a slight hangover rather than satisfaction -- a dazed sense of, "Wow, what was the point of all that?" Still, I enjoyed the binge.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
80% A Hidden Life (2019) It's a slow, stately film but a marvelous one, steeped in faith and emotionally replete.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) The acting is a mixed bag... As storytelling, though, Bombshell is a wet firecracker. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's latest, Richard Jewell, is a strange, sordid, untidy story that doesn't make the mistake of leveraging the truth in the service of clichés. To a degree that's unusual for a year-end, Oscar-bait studio movie, it revels in complexity.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
47% No Safe Spaces (2019) If the Left does not want "common sense" to become an exclusively conservative epithet, it ought to heed the lessons of this rangy tour of today's free-speech wars.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Perhaps I'm not the target audience for this slow-moving, punitively earnest movie. I'm not sure who is. People with more patience than I've got, maybe.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Fairy tales that end in the happily-ever-after don't lend themselves to sequels, and this movie shouldn't have been made. The good news for Disney, I guess, is that someday people will forget it ever was.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
80% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer is a zippy, entertaining, cynically funny but also genuinely disturbing look back at one of the most successful newspapers in the history of the United States.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
98% One Child Nation (2019) The horrifying details of China's Holocaust of children emerge in a powerful documentary told by a woman whose family was one of the countless millions who suffered.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Christian Bale may be the leading actor of his generation. Not only is he a master of the technical stuff, but he also radiates the great intangible of star magnetism. In Ford v Ferrari, as in so many other parts, Bale simply owns the screen.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
42% Midway (2019) It's hard to find much merit in Emmerich's style -- frantic, breezy, shallow. Emmerich fills the frame with planes and flak and fireballs, yet the CGI just looks like... CGI. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Let's not hold [writer-director Mike Flanagan] to the Kubrick standard. The new film isn't a masterpiece. So what? It's a well-executed suspenser that radiates spooky unease.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) Morris feels no need to paint Bannon as diabolical, not when the man is approvingly quoting Satan. Morris is merely taking after John Milton when he lets Bannon explain himself.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) We've all seen this stuff before, and the digital effects amount to a rehash of the cutting-edge 1991 mercury-man effect. So why bother?‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Has just about everything you look for in a funny movie: a fresh idea, swagger, a strong point of view, and gifted comic actors such as Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. One element it's missing, however, is that it isn't funny.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The mystery element of the film is tangled and not particularly compelling, and Norton's chief purpose as a filmmaker seems to be to give himself a lot of attention as an actor.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Mainly it provides a showcase for Aaron Paul as Pinkman. Freed of competition from Bryan Cranston, he really gets to show off what he can do as an actor. Bravo to him.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) A dusty artifact of a script livened up with bleeding-edge technology. It's a fair debate whether the moldy script or the brand-new tech is its most regrettable aspect.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Getting hit with such a snootful of mega-misery is not necessarily what I'm looking for in a relationship movie. I don't find catharsis here. All I see is a kind of cinematic therapy session.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Far from being melodramatically schematic, it leaves some ambiguity around the edges, raising questions it doesn't necessarily claim to be able to answer. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is brilliantly done, searingly filmed, and so drenched in its seamy milieu that you can practically feel the roaches skittering under your feet.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese opus No. 25, The Irishman, features a lot of the strengths of those earlier films, but while it's a good film, it isn't a great one... Scorsese doesn't bring to it anything like the ironic voltage that courses through Goodfellas.‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's a pleasure to spend two more hours with this crew, especially Lady Violet, who despite being a sort of caricature of the conservative mindset nevertheless manages to make a robust case for traditionalism with elegance and wit. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) The ponderousness that is supposed to make the film feel deep merely makes it feel soggy. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
86% Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Burr has the gift of being surprising, of resuscitating a done-to-death subject... Still, some bits work better than others. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
59% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Essentially a promotional video meant to push [the album As You Were] and a follow-up, Why Me? Why Not., which arrives next week, so it is reticent about his many bad choices, dismissed in a brief montage as "personal problems."‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Ronstadt is reticent about her private life, and the film doesn't pry... The work is enough to fill a movie, though. Hers was a gutsy, label-defying career defined by a love of all kinds of music. ‐ National Review
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019