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.

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 1 Lewis Black

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

 2 Dick Gregory

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

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

 4 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1966
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 5 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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

 6 Paul Schrader

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

 7 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
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 8 Phillip Schofield

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

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 9 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

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

 10 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

 11 Gloria Jean Watkins

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

 12 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

 13 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

Maria Altmann was an Austrian-American Jewish refugee who fled her home country fearing the Nazis. She is remembered for her successful legal campaign to reclaim Gustav Klimt's family-owned paintings from the Government of Austria, which were stolen during the Second World War by the Nazis. Her life and career inspired documentary films, novels, and feature films, including Woman in Gold.

 14 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

 15 Mark Steyn

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

 16 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
Born to middle-class parents in France, literary theorist and critic Roland Barthes explored Ferdinand de Saussure’s semiology and influenced fields such as structuralism. His iconic works, such as Mythologies and The Death of the Author, influenced later thinkers. He died of injuries sustained in a road accident at 64.

 17 Denis Diderot

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

Denis Diderot revolutionized the Age of Enlightenment as the co-founder of Encyclopédie, which was banned for questioning religion. He had flirted with the idea of joining the theater and becoming a priest, and even studied law, but later devoted himself to languages, literature, and philosophy.

 18 Molly Meldrum

Molly Meldrum
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Famous As: Music critic, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 19 George Plimpton

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

 20 Mark Kermode

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

 21 McCaughey septuplets

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

 22 Rupert Sheldrake

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

 23 Andre Aciman

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

 24 Sergei Diaghilev

Sergei Diaghilev
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Listed In: Art Critics
Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 19, 1929

 25 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

 26 Kurt Loder

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

 27 Stanisław Lem

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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 Rex Reed

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

 31 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

 32 E. T. A. Hoffmann

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

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German author, jurist, artist, composer, and music critic. His stories served as an inspiration and laid the foundation for The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is also based on Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Hoffmann is among the most influential authors of the Romantic Movement.

 33 Richard Roeper

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

 34 Samuel R. Delany

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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 John Irving Bloom

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

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Terry Eagleton

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

 42 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

 43 Charles John Klosterman

Charles John Klosterman
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Birthdate: June 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 44 Jay Rayner

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

 45 Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Tom Verlaine

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

 47 Ruth Graves Wakefield

Ruth Graves Wakefield
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Famous As: Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian
Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1977

 48 Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara
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Listed In: Poets, Art Critics
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 25, 1966

 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 Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 26, 1939
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