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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is a film critic for The New York Post and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review. Find an alphabetical listing of The New York Post's recent film reviews here.

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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    “The Bourne Insufficiency”: Kurt Loder

    Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

    MTV’s dead-on film critic Kurt Loder puts his finger on exactly what’s wrong with “Green Zone” — no matter what your politics. It’s an “action movie with no sense of adventure.” The shaky-camming never stops — even two guys sitting at a table are “filmed as if there’s a riot going on.” That’s just on [...]

    “Green Zone” a $230 Million Bomb: Time Magazine

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

    Looks like “Green Zone” is “a bit of a disaster,” says Time’s amiable Richard Corliss. “A smidge of a calamity.” (Link courtesy of John Nolte at Big Hollywood, which ought to be your go-to site for all things “Green Zone.”) The movie cost, all told, some $230 million and looks like it could lose well [...]

    “Green Zone” “Legitimately Great, No Matter What Your Politics”

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

    My friend Steve Zeitchik is making a rather laughable case over at the LA Times movie blog:
    It’s dispiriting to sit back today and soak in just how poorly “Green Zone” performed over the weekend, earning a meager $14.3 million. Depression sets in because the Paul Greengrass movie is legitimately great, a potent thriller and action [...]

    Douthat on “Green Zone”

    Monday, March 15th, 2010

    A temperate response to “Green Zone” by Ross Douthat, who is disappointed by the naive, grossly oversimplified story (based on a far more nuanced book).

    “Green Zone” in the Red

    Sunday, March 14th, 2010

    “Green Zone” is a flop. It opened with an abysmal $14 million weekend and is likely to plummet in its second weekend due to word of mouth, for a final gross of maybe $35 million. It’s a $100 million movie that will wind up many millions in red ink.

    The Reluctant Spy

    Sunday, March 14th, 2010

    John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran and outspoken liberal who denounced harsh interrogation techniques used against some Gitmo prisoners, has a fast and funny memoir out, “The Reluctant Spy,” that affords startling and sometimes thrilling glimpses into CIA work. In my Sunday column, I wonder whether this liberal winds up grudgingly confirming some key conservative [...]

    Get Me a Straitjacket. Disliking “Green Zone” Is Crazy

    Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

    It is a bit of a bore when bloggers say that someone who disagrees with them is “frothing at the mouth” or “crazy mad.” It’s a way to say: I don’t have to deal with your arguments because I rule them beyond the bounds of rational discussion. Really, this is rhetorical weak sauce. It would [...]

    More on that Weapon of Matt Destruction

    Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

    I have an op-ed in today’s New York Post outlining my objections to the new, unbelievably slanted leftist movie “Green Zone,” starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass.

    Hollywood’s Weapon of Matt Destruction

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

    I can’t believe what I just saw, so I’ll think about it some more before I go into detail. But if I were the kind of excitable guy who believes in boycotts, I’d say “Boycott NBC-Universal” for its appalling new anti-American flick “Green Zone,” an absurdly awful would-be actioner that stars Matt Damon as a [...]

    Iraq Embed on “The Hurt Locker” and Its Flaws

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

    Jonathan Foreman, my predecessor as a film critic for The Post, was embedded with the allied invasion force in Iraq in 2003 and 2005. He brings up some of the things I brought up in my original review of “The Hurt Locker,” such as the unlikeliness that a couple of enlisted men would sneak off-base [...]

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