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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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    Hate Mail of the Week

    By Kyle | December 28, 2012

    A classic:

    You stupid nasty bitch! What a horrendous, vicious review of The Guilt Trip which I and a lot of people including a good number of critics found entertaining, funny and moving.
    While most critics have said how Streisand looks 20-30 years younger than her age (she does, I saw her in person after a screening) you have the nerve to go there. You need the s**t slapped out of you but considering how much you are full of we’d be at it until after New Years.
    You are a piece of garbage who needs to go on a trip yourself- a one way one to hell. I hope you get there soon.

    Walt Peterson

    Topics: Movies | 9 Comments »

    9 Responses to “Hate Mail of the Week”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 28th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Walt is an angry queen, isn’t he?

    2. Don Reed Says:
      December 28th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Actual author of letter: Babs.

      C’mon, Kyle, get with the program. Kiss the rings, print raves, get a five-year, no-cut screenwriter’s contract.

      Santa Monica hot tub & Pac Ocean, margarita-enhanced sunsets; lotsa rentafriends, Mike Ovitz calling YOU for a job.

      What’s not to like?

      I mean, how long can you keep running that Bailey Savings & Loan?

    3. Don Reed Says:
      December 28th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      P.S.: Proof Babs was the author came from counting the tree rings.

    4. Andy Says:
      December 29th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      even the trailer looks blah…

    5. Tommy Says:
      December 29th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Well this guy just made your review of Guilt Trip a must-read. Didn’t see that coming…

    6. kishke Says:
      December 30th, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Just don’t say anything bad about Barry Manilow or you’ll really get Walt angry.

    7. JimmyC Says:
      December 31st, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      A bitchy queen with an inexplicable love for Streisand. Way to fight the stereotypes, Walt.

    8. SK Says:
      December 31st, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      So it’s insulting to write that a woman who is 70 looks her exact age, which is 70? Why? I think that BS looks good, but she doesn’t look 20 or 30 years younger than her age.

    9. CHNYCREALTY Says:
      January 7th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      OK, presuming a lot, but Mr. Smith, you might have Gay Mafia hitmen looking for you. I think they won’t hurt you, but they just find you, follow you around 24/7, say “whatever” over and over again flashing the W hands sign, but still.