Film Criticsby phbasketball6 | created - 26 Dec 2012 | updated - 25 Apr 2015 | Public
1. Roger Ebert
Actor | Siskel & Ebert & the Movies
Roger Joseph Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history, when one thinks of his establishing a rapport with both serious cineastes and the movie-going public and reaching more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first and ...
"reviews went far deeper than simply thumbs up or thumbs down. He wrote with passion through a real knowledge of film and film history, and in doing so, helped many movies find their audiences... [he] put television criticism on the map." ~ Steven Spielberg
Influenced: A.O. Scott; Richard Corliss; James Berardinelli; Michael Phillips; Will Leitch; Harry Knowles; David Bordwell; Doug Walker; Jackson "Lights Camera Jackson" Murphy; Dan Schneider
Andrew Sarris was born on October 31, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Molly Haskell. He died on June 20, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.
Influenced: J. Hoberman; Kenneth Turan; Armond White; Michael Phillips; A.O. Scott
4. J. Hoberman
Actor | Trigon Fire
J. Hoberman was born as James Hoberman. He is an actor, known for Trigon Fire (1989), Breaking Good (2012) and Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005).
5. Pauline Kael
Self | The Magical Eye
Pauline Kael was born in Petaluma, CA, in 1919, and attended the University of California at Berkeley in the 1930s. She tried and failed to work as a playwright in her 20s, and began writing film reviews as a freelance writer for film journals in the 1950s. After success with national magazines in ...
"had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades." ~ Roger Ebert
"was more than a great critic. She re-invented the form, and pioneered an entire aesthetic of writing. She was like the Elvis or the Beatles of film criticism." ~ Owen Gleiberman
Influenced: Paul Schrader, Wes Anderson, David Denby, David Edelstein, Anthony Lane, Greil Marcus, Elvis Mitchell, A. O. Scott, Michael Sragow, Quentin Tarantino, Armond White, Stephen Hunter, Tom Shales, Dr. Joseph Heiter, Jordi Costa, James Wolcott
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...
8. Joel Siegel
Actor | Deathtrap
Joel Siegel was born on July 7, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joel Steven Siegel. He was an actor, known for Deathtrap (1982), Hotel (1983) and Kids' Court (1988). He was married to Ena Swansea, Melissa DeMayo, Jane Kessler and Karen Oshman. He died on June 29, 2007 in New York City, New ...
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 ...
Jonathan Rosenbaum was born on February 27, 1943 in Alabama, USA.
"I think there is a very good film critic in the United States today, a successor of James Agee, and that is Jonathan Rosenbaum. He's one of the best; we don't have writers like him in France today. He's like André Bazin." ~ Jean-Luc Godard
15. Dave Kehr
Writer | American Masters
He served as a film critic for the Chicago Reader (from 1974 until 1985), and then for the Chicago Tribune, before relocating to New York to become a critic and columnist for the Daily News and The New York Times.
"one of the most gifted film critics to come out of America, the peer of James Agee and Pauline Kael." ~ Philip French
"one of the most gifted film critics in America." ~ Roger Ebert
18. Robert Osborne
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 ...
Writer | La nuit américaine
French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...
20. Judith Crist
Actress | Stardust Memories
Judith Crist was born on May 22, 1922 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Judith Klein. She was an actress, known for Stardust Memories (1980), Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011) and Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2018). She was married to William B. Crist. She died on August 7, 2012 in...
Director | The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...
22. Éric Rohmer
Director | Conte d'automne
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...
23. Jacques Rivette
Director | La belle noiseuse
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
24. Jean-Luc Godard
Director | Pierrot le fou
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
28. 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 ...
33. Ben Mankiewicz
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 ...
39. 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 ...
41. 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 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018). She was ...
43. 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...
44. 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 ...
45. 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 ...
46. Martin Scorsese
Director | Taxi Driver
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...
47. 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 ...
49. Joe Morgenstern
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.
52. Rod Lurie
Writer | Nothing But the Truth
Talented film critic-turned-director who burst onto the scene in late 2000 with his hotly debated political thriller The Contender (2000). That film launched Lurie into the spot of filmmakers-to-watch and stood out amongst a year's worth of mindless and politically empty films. Born in Israel, ...
55. James Agee
Writer | The African Queen
James Agee, Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Knoxville in 1909. The intense writer was to enjoy little real success in his lifetime, but after death won accolades. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his uncompleted biographical novel A Death in the Family. Agee also wrote ...