Film Criticsby dan_dassow | created - 24 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 Jan 2014 | Public
Which of these living film critics, primarily known as critics, comes closest to your taste in film?
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Actor | One Step Beyond
Robert Osborne was the host on Turner Classic Movies from its inception in 1994, in large part due to his deep and abiding love and knowledge of film. Osborne got his start working for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The ever-perspicacious Ball suggested that Osborne combine his interest in classic ...
An American actor and film historian best known as the primary host for Turner Classic Movies since that service began in 1994, and previously a host of The Movie Channel
Actor | White House Down
Ben Mankiewicz was born on March 25, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for White House Down (2013), The Practice (1997) and Extra Points (2018). He has been married to Lee Russo since December 12, 2013. They have one child. He was previously married ...
An American radio and television personality, known for his work as a TV journalist, news anchor, and film critic. On weekends, he presents classic movies on the American cable television channel, Turner Classic Movies.
3. Jay Cocks
Writer | Silence
Jay Cocks was born on December 1, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as John Curran Cocks Jr. He is a writer, known for Silence (2016), Strange Days (1995) and Gangs of New York (2002). He was previously married to Verna Bloom.
Film critic and motion picture screenwriter. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before moving into film writing.
Producer | Black Lightning
U.S. film critic, host of the public radio show The Treatment, and visiting lecturer at Harvard University.
Actor | Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He recently completed his 30th season with the long-running television show, Entertainment Tonight (1981).
Maltin was born on Friday, December 18th, 1950, in New York City and grew up in suburban Teaneck, New Jersey...
An American film critic and historian, author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory narratives.
6. Rex Reed
Actor | Superman
Rex was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Louisiana. He became one of the most prolific movie critics in the country, and for decades has written entertainment columns for The New York Observer.
In 1970, Rex made his movie debut, playing Myron in Myra Breckinridge (1970) - Myron was the ...
American film critic and former co-host of the syndicated television show At the Movies. He currently writes the column "On the Town with Rex Reed" for The New York Observer.
Writer | Something to Live For
An American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and now a co-host on The Roe Conn Show on WLS-AM
8. Ben Lyons
Actor | The House Bunny
Ben Lyons is a Television, Radio, and Online host and producer from New York City, who covers pop culture and sports like nobody else. Based in Los Angeles, Ben is a special correspondent on EXTRA!, a regular contributor for ESPN LA radio and was just named Chief Content Officer for Derek Jeter's ...
An American film critic and entertainment reporter.
Writer | Law & Order
Joe Morgenstern was born on October 3, 1932 in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, USA as Joseph N. Morgenstern. He is a writer and producer, known for Law & Order (1990), American Playhouse (1981) and The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976). He was previously married to Piper Laurie.
Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Wall Street Journal.
10. Peter Travers
Writer | US Magazine Looks at the '70s
An American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com
11. Richard Schickel
Producer | The Big Red One
Richard Schickel was born on February 10, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Richard Warren Schickel. He was a writer and director, known for The Big Red One (1980), Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente (1987) and The World of Willa Cather (1977). He was married to Carol Rubenstein and ...
American author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He is a former film critic for Time magazine, and has also written for Life magazine and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
12. Molly Haskell
Molly Haskell was born on September 29, 1939 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Molly Clark Haskell. She is known for her work on Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed (1980), Tough Baby: Torch Song (2008) and Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1995). She was previously married...
American feminist film critic and author. She contributed to The Village Voice, first as a theatre critic, then as a movie reviewer; and from there moved on to New York Magazine and Vogue.
13. Todd McCarthy
Writer | Visions of Light
Wrote for Variety for 31 years as its chief film critic before being laid-off in 2010. He later became a critic for The Hollywood Reporter.
14. Manohla Dargis
Graduated from Purchase College, State University of New York; one of her professors was Tom Gunning.
Chief film critic for The New York Times, along with A.O. Scott. She was formerly a chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times, the film editor at the LA Weekly, and a film critic at The Village Voice.
15. A.O. Scott
Self | The Robert MacNeil Report
A.O. Scott was born on July 10, 1966 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA as Anthony Oliver Scott.
An American journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.
16. Philip French
Self | Sabu: The Elephant Boy
Philip French was born in Liverpool on 28 August 1933 to John and Bessie French and originally studied Law at Exeter College, Oxford. However after National Service he went into journalism, particularly writing about film. In 1978 he became the cinema critic for the Observer newspaper and remained ...
British film critic and former radio producer.
17. Emanuel Levy
Actor | Somewhere
American film critic and professor, formerly a senior critic at Variety, and chief film critic of the UK publication Screen International.
18. Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman was born on February 24, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
American film critic for Entertainment Weekly, a position he has held since the magazine's launch in 1990. From 1981 to 1989, he worked at the Boston Phoenix.
19. Rudy Behlmer
Director | The Ray Anthony Show
Rudy Behlmer was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He has had a strong interest in the history and evolution of motion pictures since childhood when he began filming his own miniature dramas. He served two years in the Naval Air Corps, then was a Theatre Arts major at Los Angeles City ...
American film historian and writer. He is an expert in the history and evolution of the motion picture industry
20. Richard Corliss
Self | Life Itself
Richard Corliss was born on March 6, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Nelson Corliss. He was married to Mary Corliss. He died on April 23, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.
One of the editors of Time magazine who focuses on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.
21. Kenneth Turan
Writer | Call Me Anna
Kenneth Turan was born on October 27, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and the Director for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Los Angeles Times since 1993. He is the founding film critic for Arts Alive on KUSC-FM and www.kusc.org. He also provides regular reviews for Morning Edition on National Public Radio.
Jonathan Rosenbaum was born on February 27, 1943 in Alabama, USA.
An American film critic who was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008, when he retired at the age of 65.
23. Michael Phillips
Self | Siskel & Ebert & the Movies
Michael Phillips was born on March 11, 1961 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. He has been married to Heidi Stevens since 2013. He was previously married to Andrea Lenaburg and Ann Jarmusch.
Film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Previously he was the drama critic of the Tribune; the Los Angeles Times; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; the San Diego Union-Tribune; and the Dallas Times Herald
British non-fiction author and Film magazine editor, who has written several books relating to films. His most recent work was The Complete Spielberg, a guide to the films of Steven Spielberg.
25. Lisa Schwarzbaum
Self | Showbiz Today
Lisa Schwarzbaum was born in New York City, New York, USA.
Joined Entertainment Weekly as a film critic in the 1990s, and remained there until February 2013.
26. Jami Bernard
Jami Bernard is an award-winning film critic, media consultant, and author. Her books include "Quentin Tarantino: The Man and His Movies," Chick Flicks," "First Films," "Total Exposure," "The Incredible Shrinking Critic," and "Breast Cancer: There & Back." She is a former chair of the New York Film...
Author and media consultant, an award-winning film critic for The New York Post and The New York Daily News, and the founder of Barncat Publishing.
Self | Dead Man Working
Maitland McDonagh was TV Guide Online's Senior Movie Editor from 1998-2008 and in 2012 founded 120 Days Books to republish forgotten gay adult genre novels of the 1970s. Born and raised in New York City, McDonagh received her undergraduate education at Hunter College, CUNY, and earned her MFA in ...
TV Guide Online's Senior Movie Editor.
28. Dave Kehr
Writer | American Masters
In 2013, he joined The Museum of Modern Art team as Adjunct Curator in the Department of Film, before being appointed curator in 2017.
A critic at the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for many years, he writes a weekly column for The New York Times on DVD releases, in addition to contributing occasional pieces on individual films or filmmakers.
31. David Stratton
Actor | The Bazura Project
David Stratton was born on September 10, 1939 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England as David James Stratton. He is known for his work on The Bazura Project (2006), Dance Academy (2010) and David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017).
English-Australian film critic and television personality.
Producer | Stone Forever
Margaret Pomeranz was born on July 14, 1944 in Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Margaret Anne Jones-Owen. She is a producer and actress, known for Stone Forever (1999), Dance Academy (2010) and Front Up (1994).
Australian film critic and producer and television personality.
33. Leigh Paatsch
Self | Lowdown
Head movie reviewer/journalist for the Melbourne paper 'The Herald Sun'.
Australia Herald Sun film reviewer.
34. Mark Kermode
Mark Kermode began his career in film journalism and broadcasting in the 1980s after studying English at Manchester University, where he wrote his Ph.D thesis on horror fiction. After starting work as a van driver (he claims he was appointed as a film critic after he crashed the van), he began ...
English film critic and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, and a contributor to Kermode and Mayo's Film Review and Sight and Sound magazine.
35. Betty White
Actress | The Proposal
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...
I do not have similar taste in film to any of these critics and/or critics in general.