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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  • Feminists Should Stop Bad Sex Before It Happens

    By Kyle Smith | January 17, 2018

    My take on the Aziz Ansari humiliation.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    What If Tonya Harding Were Black?

    By Kyle Smith | January 13, 2018

    Then snickering at her wouldn’t be quite so easy. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 7 Comments »

    See Steve Martin’s Brilliant Play

    By Kyle Smith | January 11, 2018

    A look at “Meteor Shower,” a strange and surreal Broadway treat by Martin, starring Amy Schemer and Keegan-Michael Key.

    Topics: Broadway | 3 Comments »

    The Golden Globes Fiasco

    By Kyle Smith | January 9, 2018

    What on Earth was that? I tear it apart here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Things Are Getting Better

    By kyle | January 7, 2018

    Looks like 2017 was the greatest year in human history, and 2018 will be even better. This ought to be obvious. More here.

    Topics: Politics | 1 Comment »

    David Bowie’s Last Five Years

    By kyle | January 7, 2018

    Who was he really? It turned out he was as nostalgic as the rest of us toward the end, as an HBO documentary makes clear. More here.

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

    Let’s Have Some Humility About the Future

    By kyle | January 4, 2018

    A Chuck Klosterman book published less than two years ago makes the case for a future that includes “a little light fascism.” Let’s not get out over our skis when it comes to the future. New column.

    Topics: Politics | 1 Comment »

    Dave Chappelle Now Officially Problematic

    By kyle | January 4, 2018

    He has some common-sense ideas about Louis C.K. Should C.K.’s career be ended by what he did? Of course not. More here.

    Topics: Comedy | 1 Comment »

    We Were Wrong About Stop-and-Frisk Policing

    By kyle | January 3, 2018

    The tactic was sharply reduced in New York City, and yet crime kept falling. More in a mea culpa.

    Topics: Politics | No Comments »

    Review: “All the Money in the World”

    By kyle | January 2, 2018

    A kidnapping drama in which the villain is a relative of the kidnap victim. Strange. What about the kidnappers?

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

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