About Me

Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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  • A Response to “Cat Person”

    By Kyle | December 14, 2017

    The New Yorker story about soul-crushingly bad sex went viral a few days ago. I wrote an open letter to its protagonist, Margot.

    Topics: Sex | 1 Comment »

    Review: “The Shape of Water”

    By Kyle | December 13, 2017

    The social-justice monster-erotica picture of the season. No, I didn’t like.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Review: “The Parisian Woman,” Broadway’s New Anti-Trump Play

    By Kyle | December 13, 2017

    Uma Thurman, Blair Brown et al go after Trump in spectacularly boring fashion. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Why “Casablanca” Is So Great

    By Kyle | December 12, 2017

    After its 75th anniversary, an appreciation.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

    By Kyle | December 12, 2017

    Don’t believe the hype. It’s pretty bad except for the last half-hour. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    God Save the Queen

    By Kyle | December 8, 2017

    Season two of Netlix’s The Crown is superb TV, and surprisingly royalist. My take.

    Topics: TV | No Comments »

    Remembering John Lennon

    By Kyle | December 7, 2017

    I didn’t much appreciate him when he was alive, but I well remember the weeks after his death. More in a column.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

    Review: “Phantom Thread”

    By Kyle | December 6, 2017

    Yet another beautifully realized and very flawed Paul Thomas Anderson movie. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Review: “The Post”

    By Kyle | December 5, 2017

    It’s a fine movie, albeit not as good as “All the President’s Men.” But it has almost nothing to do with Trump. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    The Enduring Appeal of “The Godfather”

    By Kyle | December 4, 2017

    Why is it that you can’t switch it off once it’s one? I take a crack at explaining.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

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