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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  • So Long, David Letterman

    By kyle | May 20, 2015

    His departure is 15 years too late. More in a column.

    Topics: TV | 9 Comments »

    More on Britt McHenry

    By kyle | April 20, 2015

    Cross-posting from Facebook my reaction the comments. Read the rest of this entry »

    Topics: TV | 8 Comments »

    Defending Britt McHenry

    By kyle | April 17, 2015

    Considering what she was up against, maybe her tirade was justified. Maybe not. But what does her losing her temper on her own time have to do with her ESPN job? New column.

    Topics: TV | 25 Comments »

    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: Racist or Hilarious?

    By kyle | March 23, 2015

    In defense of a new Tina Fey series that was rejected by NBC but took its politically incorrect humor to Netflix. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: TV | 6 Comments »

    Great TV Is Stressing Me Out

    By kyle | February 5, 2015

    In the Post, I write about my TV anxiety: I’m behind on all the shows I watch. Help. More here.

    Topics: TV | 1 Comment »

    The Most Embarrassing Celebrity Commercials

    By kyle | October 16, 2014

    Brett Favre, Charles Barkley, Shannen Doherty….who’d I leave out? More in my new listicle.

    Topics: TV | 1 Comment »

    “Free to Be” vs. Men

    By kyle | March 10, 2014

    In my Sunday column, a look at Marlo Thomas (the Gavrilo Princip of the War on Masculinity) and the beginning of the effort to feminize everything: “Free to Be…You and Me.”

    Topics: TV | 11 Comments »

    The Girly Globes

    By kyle | January 13, 2014

    My takedown of last night’s estrogen fest, NBC’s broadcast of The Golden Globes, is trending at The Post’s site.

    Topics: Movies, TV | 37 Comments »

    The Genius of “Veep”

    By kyle | April 21, 2013

    I’m a big fan of “Veep,” which just started its second season and tells you everything you need to know about why you should distrust government. More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: TV | 12 Comments »

    The Left Is Torching Downton Abbey

    By kyle | February 15, 2013

    I’m a couple episodes behind on “Downton,” so I scrupulously avoid reading anything about it, but obviously not least among its pleasures is its conservatism. (Julian Fellowes is a Tory peer of the realm.) This Forbes headline caught my eye (though I can’t read the piece yet).

    Topics: TV | 33 Comments »

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