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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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    Stephen Colbert Isn’t Funny

    Friday, April 11th, 2014

    My column on why Colbert is a poor choice to replace David Letterman has been no. 1 on the Post’s site all day.

    Awful News

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

    Mark O’Donnell, who wrote the book for “Hairspray” and other shows, has died suddenly in his Upper West Side building. Mark was a top-flight comedy writer who nevertheless, pre-Hairspray, used to tell me he was “destitute” and was glad to write brief (and hilarious) book reviews for me when I was an editor at People [...]

    “The Newsroom” Debuts

    Sunday, June 24th, 2012

    In my Sunday column, a look at Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show “The Newsroom.” Yes, I devote a lot of space to destroying one of his contentions, but I could have gone on in the same way for thousands of words. (Jonah Goldberg’s “The Tyranny of Cliches,” for instance, has already debunked a lot of [...]


    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

    Asked why he blew off a “Family Guy” script meeting, Seth MacFarlane (couldn’t he behave a bit better, at least temporarily, while a reporter was tailing him?) first told The New Yorker it was “because I don’t get vacations” (I wonder if the legendary fact-checking squad assessed that fact) and once worked for “fifteen months, [...]

    Naked Emperor News

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

    I’m speechless at Obama’s attempt to shoehorn a policy issue into a musical comedy sketch. This is the guy whose most unassailable attribute is that he’s supposedly cool? The man obviously cannot do comedy. He’s been a public figure for eight years and I’m not aware of him ever spontaneously being amusing or witty. [...]

    The New “Office”

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

    There’s a funny show on BBC2 that’s sort of like “The Office” with MBAs all around. It’s a satire of corporate buzzwords set against an organizing committee for the London Olympics. The show is called Twenty Twelve, and according to The Sun (I couldn’t find it online) such phrases as “It’s virtually a virtual front [...]

    More on Lena Dunham’s “Girls”

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

    As I said before, I hugely enjoyed the first three episodes of HBO’s “Girls,” which stars and is being run and directed by twentysomething Lena Dunham, whose debut film “Tiny Furniture” I loved a couple of years ago. I don’t think the show is particularly groundbreaking — it’s basically “Sex and the City” in the [...]

    Lefty Toasts Breitbart

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

    A nice story about Seth MacFarlane, the “Family Guy” guy, sharing a nip from a flask with Andrew Breitbart at Bill Maher’s show. Makes me like MacFarlane more, though I can’t really handle all the cheap shots on his show. (Though the Star Wars parodies are very good.) Question: Is the frenzied nature of political [...]

    Tim Is Back

    Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

    HBO’s twisted office-drone comedy “The Life and Times of Tim” returns this Friday night. The first episode of season three is not one of my favorites, but check out the show anyway, for reasons I mentioned in my look at the first two seasons.

    The Second Life of “The Life and Times of Tim”

    Thursday, September 8th, 2011

    I was psyched to see that HBO un-canceled “The Life and Times of Tim” in much the same way that “Family Guy” returned from the dead. HBO canceled the show immediately after I went out on the limb to praise it (my editor said something like, “No one has ever written about this show,” which [...]

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