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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 | 6 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 »

    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 »

    How to Fix Star Wars

    By kyle | December 19, 2017

    Spoilers included. I run through what’s wrong and what could be changed.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Too Many Americans Are Going to College

    By kyle | December 18, 2017

    When two-thirds of college graduates fail to achieve the ranking of proficient on a basic literacy test, it’s time to rethink higher ed. A column.

    Topics: Movies | 4 Comments »

    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.

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    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 »

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