Critics & Connoisseurs

Critics are the professionals who judge the qualities of literary or artistic works, and communicate their assessment of various forms of creative works. There are professional critics who assess almost every imaginable art form from paintings to literature, from films to music, and from theater to architecture. They critique the art forms from the aesthetic angle, taking into consideration several factors. Connoisseurs, on the other hand, are individuals who are expert judges in matters of taste; they have a great deal of knowledge about a specific art form or cuisine. Italian portrait painter Giovanni Boldini, one of the best known artists of his time, was also a famed connoisseur of art. Known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting, he was a true expert in the genre of portrait painting. Critics and connoisseurs work in a number of fields. Coming to literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Joyce Carol Oates are among the best known critics. In the modern era, films are also considered an art form. In this genre, Wesley Morris, Glenn Kenny, and Dana Stevens are counted among the expert film critics. Read on to know about famous critics & connoisseurs from all over the world.

 1 Phillip Schofield

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Phillip Schofield is an English TV presenter. Over the years, Schofield has been playing an important role in the success of ITV's This Morning and Dancing on Ice. He is also a humanitarian as he has been serving as a patron of Shooting Star Children's Hospices, which aids families of children with terminal illnesses.

 2 Sunzi

Sunzi
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Famous As: Chinese strategist
Birthdate: 0544 AD
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 0496 AD
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 3 Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 2, 1975

 4 Lewis Black

Lewis Black
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 5 Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn
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Listed In: Novelists
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 6 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 7 Gloria Jean Watkins

Gloria Jean Watkins
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Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 8 Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 9 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1966

 10 Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter, Film critic
Birthdate: January 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 1999

 11 Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 12 Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes
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Famous As: French Literary Theorist & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: March 25, 1980

 13 Erin McNaught

Erin McNaught
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 14 Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: July 31, 1784

 15 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1969

 16 Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael
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Famous As: Film critic, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 3, 2001

 17 Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory
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Famous As: American critic
Birthdate: October 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 18 Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau
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Famous As: Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 19 Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 20 George Plimpton

George Plimpton
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 26, 2003

 21 Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 22 Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 27, 2006

 23 Andre Aciman

Andre Aciman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Egyptian, American

 24 McCaughey septuplets

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Listed In: Literary Critics
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 25 E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 24, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Prussian
Died: June 25, 1822

 26 E.T.A. Hoffmann

E.T.A. Hoffmann
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Famous As: Prussian author
Birthdate: January 24, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Prussian
Died: July 24, 1822

 27 Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist, Food critic
Birthdate: September 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 28 Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
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Famous As: Television presenter, Musician, Journalist
Birthdate: July 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 29 Frederick R. Koch

Frederick R. Koch
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Listed In: Art Critics
Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: August 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 30 Danny Baker

Danny Baker
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Presenter, Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 31 Michael Winner

Michael Winner
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Writer, Film editor, Food critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 2013

 32 John Irving Bloom

John Irving Bloom
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 33 Jacqueline Roque

Jacqueline Roque
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Listed In: Art Critics
Famous As: choreographer, painter, model
Birthdate: February 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: October 15, 1986

 34 Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi
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Listed In: Food Critics
Famous As: Winegrower
Birthdate: June 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2008

 35 Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson
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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 36 Lytton Strachey

Giles Lytton Strachey
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 1932

 37 Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith
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Listed In: Film Critics
Famous As: novelist, journalist, film critic
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Nationality: American

 38 Maria Altmann

Maria Altmann
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Listed In: Art Critics
Famous As: Art Collector
Birthdate: February 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: February 7, 2011

 39 Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 40 Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar
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Famous As: Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 2010

 41 William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: July 11, 1903

 42 Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Famous As: Journalist, Art historian, Film critic, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: May 3, 1856

 44 Rex Reed

Rex Reed
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 45 Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 47 Johann Gottfried Herder

Johann Gottfried Herder
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 25, 1744
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: December 18, 1803

 48 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1033 AD

 49 Augustus Pugin

Augustus Pugin
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Listed In: Designers, Artists
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: September 14, 1852

 50 Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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