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Kyle Smith is an American critic, novelist and essayist. He is a staff film critic for the New York Post. His film reviewing style has been called "an exercise in hilarious hostility" by Entertainment Weekly.He has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, New York magazine, The New York Times, and The Weekly Standard.

Personal life


Smith married Sara Austin in 2007.


Smith, who graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale Universitymarker, is a former U.S. Army lieutenant and veteran of the Persian Gulf War. From 1996 to 2005 he worked at People magazine, where he was the editor of the book and music reviews.


Kyle Smith has published two books in addition to criticism, newspaper and magazine features and essays.


Love Monkey

His first book, Love Monkey, a comic novel about a cynical, self-deprecating journalist named Tom Farrell and his romantic tribulations in New York City, was published by William Morrow in 2004. A New York Times article cast the book as a guys' version of such popular novels as Bridget Jones's Diary and Melissa Bank's, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and cited Nick Hornby's books About a Boy and High Fidelity as inspiration for Love Monkey. Times critic Janet Maslin called the book "hilarious".Entertainment Weekly called the book "relentlessly cynical" and concluded that "'Monkey,' like the paper Tom writes for, is loud and brash, but a helluva lot of fun". Time magazine said, "You couldn't ask for a more entertaining drinking buddy--watch out for a memorable strip-club meltdown scene--but there's a deep, dark subway of despair running underneath his riffs, and that's what makes the book more than a standup routine....'Love Monkey' nails it."

Reception and Critical Acclaim
The New Yorker: "In this chronicle of four and a half months in the life of a hapless, single city-dweller, Smith blends hilarity and cynicism in order to adapt the Bridget Jones formula to a male perspective. A brief detour into a post-9/11 subplot somewhat arrests the comic flow, but it is actually one of the book's most interesting sections, and imparts to the hectic seduction games a nagging sense of unease, along with some genuine insight into the dilemmas of daily journalism.".

The San Francisco Chronicle said of Love Monkey that "Kyle Smith's exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy reads sort of like a 'chick flick' for guys but should be required reading for young women, too, with the peek it gives into the male a natural storyteller with an extraordinarily keen ear for dialogue that is real, hip and witty without being too much so - no small feat. His fresh metaphors are laced with funny pop culture references and his characterization is so good I felt as if I was reading about my own friends, as well as myself, at times. One of the most surprising delights of the book is how completely Smith gets women—what they want, what they're sensitive about, what turns them on, and more. And in getting these things he also reveals many of the female sex's hypocrisies—how we are often guilty of the very superficialities we accuse men of."

CNN wrote of Love Monkey, "Watch out guys, someone is spilling our secrets...'Love Monkey' has been called a male version of Sex and the City and an American version of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. It is an achingly accurate depiction of a thirty-something single engaging romp through the mind of a single guy—at times laugh-out-loud funny, at times endearingly touching. The first-time author...understands the life his protagonist is leading and pulls no punches as he exposes the inner life of the 21st-century single guy."

On NPR's "Fresh Air", critic Maureen Corrigan said, "What's hippest about 'Love Monkey is the deft way it resurrects and updates the Dorothy Parker style of talking about New York: brittle, shrewd, self-deprecating, and oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds".

TV adaptation
On January 17, 2006, a one-hour CBS TV series based on the book debuted; it was a dramedy also called Love Monkey. It starred Tom Cavanagh, Judy Greer, Jason Priestley and Larenz Tate. The show aired on CBS in January-February 2006 and on VH1 in April-May 2006.

A Christmas Caroline

His second novel, A Christmas Caroline, was published in 2006, also by William Morrow. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, critic Joseph Bottum said, "For those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit, Kyle Smith's A Christmas Caroline may be a good selection. Mr. Smith...turns in a quick, enjoyable read about a selfish woman at a fashion magazine who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by three spooky visitors. From the moment you meet Caroline's assistant—a devious redhead named Ursula Heep—you know you're at play in the fields of Charles Dickens....Mr. Smith takes Dickens' old, familiar tale and stuffs it into a woman straight out of The Devil Wears Prada"..


  1. Metacritic: Movie Reviews by Critic and Publication
  2. Movie Reviews | Current | Movie Critics - New York Post
  3. Reviewing the Reviews: 'Catch and Release' | PopWatch Blog |
  4. The Wall Street Journal Online - Taste Commentary
  7. BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Corrosive Characters in Two Novels About Journalists - New York Times
  8. "Metropolitan Diary", December 11, 1996, New York Times
  9. "Metropolitan Diary", May 10, 1998, The New York Times
  10. The Weekly Standard
  11. Sara Austin, Kyle Smith - New York Times
  12. - Author Profile: Kyle Smith
  13. The Wall Street Journal Online - Leisure & Arts
  14. Love Monkey
  15. William Morrow - from HarperCollins Publishers
  16. Kyle Smith from HarperCollins Publishers
  17. Bad Boyz II - New York Times
  18. Love Monkey | Book Review | Entertainment Weekly
  19. You've Got Male - TIME
  20. Love Monkey: The New Yorker
  21. Boy meets girl, boy chases girl, boy doesn't get girl
  22. - Review: 'Love Monkey' funny, revealing - Apr 6, 2004
  23. Maureen Corrigan: New York City Books : NPR
  24. Love Monkey: A Novel by Kyle Smith
  25. Love Monkey | TV Review | Entertainment Weekly
  26. ‘Love Monkey’ finds new life on VH1 - TV comedy -
  27. A Christmas Caroline: A Novel: Kyle Smith: Books

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