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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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  • Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

    By Kyle | October 3, 2017

    Gorgeous to look at, but on a first viewing, its storytelling did not grab me. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    Review: “Last Flag Flying”

    By Kyle | October 2, 2017

    Richard Linklater’s followup to “The Last Detail,” starring Steve Carell as a grieving dad and Bryan Cranston as a cynical Marine, is on the surface a familiar anti-Iraq War diatribe, but in the final act it takes a turn for the better. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Review: “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

    By Kyle | October 1, 2017

    Another sharply observant script from writer-director Noah Baumbach in this tale of a kvetching family in which Dustin Hoffman is the father and Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler are his sons.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Bill de Blasio: The Empire State Gelding

    By Kyle | September 29, 2017

    Now available to non-subscribers is my profile of the 6’5″ dwarf who is the mayor of New York City.

    Topics: Politics | 5 Comments »

    Hugh Hefner, Feminist

    By Kyle | September 29, 2017

    The sexual revolution he embodied was great for men but not so great for women, as I argue here.

    Topics: Sex | 1 Comment »

    Review: “American Made”

    By Kyle | September 27, 2017

    More like American Made-Up. Tom Cruise supplies the Contras with rifles…this did not happen with the real guy, Barry Seal. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 5 Comments »

    Fact-Checking Hillary’s New Book

    By Kyle | September 27, 2017

    She told a bunch of whoppers in her new memoir, “What Happened.” I won’t let her get away with it. More here.

    Topics: Books, Politics | No Comments »

    Make America Normal Again

    By Kyle | September 25, 2017

    Attacking the NFL may be good politics for Trump, but it’s annoying for the rest of us. I explain why.

    Topics: Politics | No Comments »

    Black Critics vs. Ta-Nehisi Coates

    By Kyle | September 24, 2017

    Reading black intellectuals on Coates, you will quickly see they have a completely different take than self-flagellating white liberals. More in an essay.

    Topics: Books, Politics | No Comments »

    Review: “Victoria & Abdul”

    By Kyle | September 23, 2017

    A new movie starring Judi Dench tries to make Queen Victoria look like a college diversity officer. I didn’t quite buy the nudge-nudging here. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

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