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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  • Hillary’s Book Has a Fake Title

    By Kyle | September 18, 2017

    It’s called “What Happened” but it only makes sense if you acknowledge the real title is “Why I Should Have Won.” More in a column.

    Topics: Politics | 4 Comments »

    My First Cover Story in National Review

    By Kyle | September 15, 2017

    Is a profile of Bill de Blasio, for NR subscribers. The cover illustration will give you an idea of it.

    Topics: Politics | 2 Comments »

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Grotesque Nativity Spoof

    By Kyle | September 15, 2017

    Pretty good headline, eh? My piece on “Mother” was no. 1 on our National Review site yesterday.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    The Cringy Appeal of Ben Stiller

    By Kyle | September 12, 2017

    Ben Stiller isn’t a hugely talented actor, but he knows when to underplay things and he has interesting taste in scripts. Case in point is his latest, about a middle-aged man agonizing over his status. My review of “Brad’s Status.”

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Andrew Cuomo’s Latest Boondoggle

    By Kyle | September 11, 2017

    A comedy museum in the middle of nowhere? Yep, that’s the latest idea from the chucklehead governor of our state. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Trump Derangement Syndrome: The TV Show

    By Kyle | September 10, 2017

    In what I think is the first major movie or TV show to grapple with the age of Trump, “American Horror Story” has based its entire season around the idea of a Trump fan who’s a psycho killer. More in my review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    So Long, Steely Dan

    By Kyle | September 6, 2017

    Donald Fagen says he will continue to tour with something called “The Steely Dan band” but with the departure of Walter Becker, the partnership is dissolved. My tribute to Becker is up.

    Topics: Music | 1 Comment »

    Hollywood’s Horrendous Summer

    By Kyle | September 1, 2017

    A horrible season of box-office misfires limps to a close. Time for panic? Maybe. More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | 4 Comments »

    Houston “Doesn’t Show America At Its Best”

    By Kyle | August 31, 2017

    A Slate columnist unintentionally illustrates the enduring leftist wish for disaster because it creates more opportunity for collective action. My take.

    Topics: Politics | 5 Comments »

    “Gone with the Wind” May Be Doomed

    By Kyle | August 30, 2017

    If “Song of the South” has effectively been withdrawn, why not “Gone with the Wind”? It’s far more offensive than the Disney movie. More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

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