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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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  • The Dead Comedy Genius Behind “Animal House” and “Caddyshack”

    By Kyle Smith | February 1, 2018

    A new Netflix movie about the legend of Doug Kenney, aka “Stork” from Animal House. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    Hillary Embarrasses Herself at the Grammys

    By Kyle Smith | February 1, 2018

    I hope she never goes away. Politically speaking, she’s dead and someone should tell her. More here.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Ginger Baby Kennedy Drools Himself into Oblivion

    By Kyle Smith | January 31, 2018

    Real talk: Joe Kennedy III is not the Dems’ great new hope. They’d better try again. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Robert De Niro vs. Communism

    By Kyle Smith | January 28, 2018

    On a Caribbean island where property is held in common, De Niro is trying to modernize the economy. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Transparency and Garrison Keillor

    By Kyle Smith | January 28, 2018

    Minnesota Public Radio shouldn’t have waited two months before revealing what it had on Garrison Keillor. More here.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Sending a Message at the Oscars

    By Kyle Smith | January 28, 2018

    How this year’s slate of Oscar nominees reflects on Trump.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “The Final Year”

    By Kyle Smith | January 28, 2018

    An HBO doc about the Obama foreign policy team reveals a bit more than it intends: the ineffectuality of Samantha Power, the arrogance of Ben Rhodes, the way Rhodes bosses around John Kerry and is clearly dictating policy to him. More here.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Friends: Highly Problematic

    By Kyle Smith | January 22, 2018

    Millennials are just catching up to “Friends” on Netflix, and declaring it homophobic and racist. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Review: “12 Strong”

    By Kyle Smith | January 22, 2018

    Not great, but has the virtue of moral clarity. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    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 »

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