- Dork Age: His "True North" films are considered this for their aimless experimentation and half-baked ideas.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Any one of his movies that has both Ben Affleck and a Batman reference, as he was later cast in the role in 2014. Jersey Girl is probably the biggest one, as Ben Affleck's character is a garbage man who calls his truck "the Batmobile".
- Fandom Rivalry: A minor one with Judd Apatow, whom many (including Smith himself) agree owes much of his success to creating a more marketable version of Smith's shtick.
- Lowest Common Denominator: Though Smith's work often plumbs the thematic depths of philosophy, love, faith, family, and friendship...
Holden: "It's like my grandma said. The real money is in dick and fart jokes."-Chasing Amy
- Love it or Hate it: A mild example. Smith is one of those filmmakers who more or less makes whatever he wants, meaning the subject is always person and had little-to-no pretense, so it either speaks to you or it doesn't.
- Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: His cameo on Law & Order actively subverts this; Smith noted that rather than play the killer, he instead wanted to play "the guy who leads them to the guy who leads them to the guy who leads them to the guy that did it".
- Vindicated by History: He's acknowledged that his movies are often too difficult to market to be box office gold and eventually find their niche on home video. His self-funded movies came about as an effort to keep making movies while bypassing the whole box-office bomb part of the process.
- Yoko Oh No: There are a minority of Smith fans who really don't like his wife Jennifer and accuse her of misandry or even just straight-up bullying Kevin whenever she's on his podcast. Smith has very frequently found himself defending her.