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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  • 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 »

    About those Stephen Colbert Emmys

    By kyle | September 18, 2017

    Dull, predictable and predictably low-rated. Trump is living rent-free in the celebrities’ heads. More in a column.

    Topics: TV | 2 Comments »

    Miley Cyrus Grows Up

    By kyle | August 27, 2017

    She is giving up pot, Trump-bashing and ridiculous looks, all at the same time. Naturally the MSM are alarmed. A column.

    Topics: TV | 4 Comments »

    Lena Dunham’s Dog-Dumping Is the Perfect Millennial Story

    By kyle | July 12, 2017

    Lena Dunham publicly broke up with her dog and may have lied about it. What does this tell us about her generation? A lot. More in a column.

    Topics: TV | 2 Comments »

    Silicon Valley’s Capitalist Hero

    By kyle | May 4, 2017

    A column in praise of the hilarious T.J. Miller and his “Silicon Valley” character Erlich Bachman.

    Topics: TV | 1 Comment »

    “The Handmaid’s Tale” vs. Trump’s America

    By kyle | April 25, 2017

    No, the 1985 feminist prophecy has not come to pass, despite what the hacks are saying. A look at the politics of the new Hulu series.

    Topics: TV | 5 Comments »

    HBO’s “Girls” Was Conservative

    By kyle | April 19, 2017

    That’s the case I’ll be making in my latest column for NRO.

    Topics: TV | 3 Comments »

    My First Week at National Review

    By kyle | April 14, 2017

    I started at National Review on Monday, April 10, and spent the entire day getting hooked up with software systems. Then I leaped into action with….

    a look at liberal fascism in Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle,” the movie version of which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and is coming in two weeks…..

    an appreciation of Paul McCartney’s great 1989 album, “Flowers in the Dirt” on the occasion of its reissue….

    a review of “The Lost City of Z,” a weird attempt to graft multicultural sensitivity concerns onto cannibalism…

    an explanation why Netflix’s “The Crown” is a glorious defense of Burkina conservatism,

    Topics: Books, Movies, Music, TV | 15 Comments »

    The Left Show with Stephen Colbert

    By kyle | November 22, 2015

    In my Sunday column, a look at how Stephen Colbert has alienated half the audience by being a partisan shill.

    Topics: TV | 15 Comments »

    When Did ‘Family Feud’ Get So Dirty?

    By kyle | October 8, 2015

    Another chapter in the pornification of everything: the venerable game show “Family Feud.” A column.

    Topics: TV | 5 Comments »

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