About Me

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: “Darkest Hour”

    By Kyle | November 28, 2017

    A strange attempt to make it look like Churchill wavered in the weeks surrounding Dunkirk, but a very fine interpretation by Gary Oldman. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Democrats Revert to “It’s OK When Our Side Does It” on Franken

    By Kyle | November 28, 2017

    They don’t realize how bad this looks for them. A column. Previously I wrote about why That Picture changes everything for Franken and the Democrats in this column.

    Topics: Movies, Politics | 3 Comments »

    Charles Manson Didn’t Kill the Sixties — the Sixties Did

    By Kyle | November 28, 2017

    A look back at Hillary Clinton’s insane Wellesley commencement speech, Charles Manson’s insane followers and the general insanity of the era.

    Topics: Politics | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Justice League”

    By Kyle | November 15, 2017

    No better than “Age of Ultron.” My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Release the Louis C.K. Film

    By Kyle | November 13, 2017

    I’ve seen it, and it’s been unfairly maligned. Plus, what is the point of this digital bonfire in which we’re placing C.K.’s previous work? An essay.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    The Bizarre Feminist Attacks on Taylor Swift

    By Kyle | November 12, 2017

    She won’t say anything about Trump, which is making feminists apoplectic. A column.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Louis C.K. Should Apologize

    By Kyle | November 10, 2017

    What he did was terrible, but (I believe) not criminal. He should offer sincere apologies and try to make amends. More thoughts here.

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    By Kyle | November 10, 2017

    Liberal critics are going nuts for it. I explain why they’re wrong. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Murder on the Orient Express”

    By Kyle | November 10, 2017

    Like watching a weird kid rummage through the trunks he found in Grandma’s attic. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Jann Wenner: the Hip Capitalist

    By Kyle | November 10, 2017

    In National Review’s print edition: a look at the long, sordid history of Rolling Stone and its founder Jann Wenner.

    Topics: Music | No Comments »

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