Film Critics

Film critics analyze and evaluate film. Their film reviews influence a lot of people’s decision to see a film or not. Know about famous film critics, such as Paul Schrader, Gene Siskel, Pauline Kael, Mark Kermode and Leonard Maltin. This list of famous film critics includes people from United States, England, Italy, Canada, Hungary and many more countries.

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 1 Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

 2 Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

 3 Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel
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Famous As: Film critic. Journalist
Birthdate: January 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 20, 1999
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 4 Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode
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Famous As: Television presenter, Musician, Journalist
Birthdate: July 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet
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 5 Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.

 6 Rex Reed

Rex Reed
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth

 7 Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael
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Famous As: Film critic, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Petaluma
Died: September 3, 2001
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 8 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
Birthplace: New York City

 9 Harry Knowles

Harry Knowles
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Famous As: Actor, Journalist
Birthdate: December 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austin

 10 John Lahr

John Lahr
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Famous As: Biographer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

John Henry Lahr is an American theater critic who worked as he senior drama critic at The New Yorker magazine from 1992 to 2013. Also an established author, he is known for works like Joy Ride and Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.

 11 Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 12 A. O. Scott

A. O. Scott
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Famous As: Journalist, Film critic
Birthdate: July 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Northampton

 13 John Irving Bloom

John Irving Bloom
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 14 Synnove Macody Lund

Synnove Macody Lund
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stord, Norway

 15 James Agee

James Agee
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1955

 16 Armond White

Armond White
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 17 Leos Carax

Leos Carax
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

 18 Kenneth Tynan

Kenneth Tynan
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Famous As: Diarist, Theatre critic, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: July 26, 1980

 19 Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris
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Famous As: writer, film critic, journalist
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 20 Andre Bazin

Andre Bazin
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Famous As: Film Critic
Birthdate: April 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Angers, France
Died: November 11, 1958
Andre Bazin was a French film theorist and film critic. A respected and influential personality, Bazin is credited with co-founding the popular French film magazine, Cahiers du cinéma. Bazin is remembered for supporting films that depicted realism, which set him apart from his contemporaries as conventional film theorists of his generation supported films that could manipulate reality

 21 Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling
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Famous As: Literary critic, Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens
Died: November 5, 1975

 22 David Fricke

David Fricke
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America

 23 Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
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Famous As: Journalist, Literary critic, Music critic
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 24 Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 25 Bosley Crowther

Bosley Crowther
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Famous As: Journalist, Film critic
Birthdate: July 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maryland
Died: March 7, 1981

 26 Vincent Canby

Vincent Canby
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 15, 2000

 27 Mark Van Doren

Mark Van Doren
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Famous As: Poet, Autobiographer, Literary critic, University teacher, Professor, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vermilion County
Died: December 10, 1972

 28 John Campea

John Campea
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halifax

 29 Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff
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Famous As: Historian, Writer, Music historian, Record producer, Composer, Children's writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 7, 2017

 30 Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter
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Famous As: Writer, Officer
Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gainesville

 31 James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
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Famous As: Film critic, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Brunswick

 32 Andrew Sarris

Andrew Sarris
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: October 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 20, 2012

 33 Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Famous As: Film critic, Journalist
Birthdate: February 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florence

 34 Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaconsfield

 35 Renata Adler

Renata Adler
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Renata Adler is an author, journalist, and film critic who has been a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. She studied comparative literature at Harvard University and later received a J.D. from Yale Law School. Despite not being much knowledgeable about films, she became a film critic for The New York Times. She has also written many books. 

 36 Joel Siegel

Joel Siegel
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Famous As: Film Critic
Birthdate: July 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 29, 2007

 37 Richard Corliss

Richard Corliss
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Famous As: Journalist, Film critic
Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 23, 2015

 38 Dwight Macdonald

Dwight Macdonald
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 19, 1982

 39 Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 40 Ben Brantley

Ben Brantley
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durham

 41 Penelope Gilliatt

Penelope Gilliatt
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 9, 1993

 42 Alfred Kerr

Alfred Kerr
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Famous As: Theatre critic
Birthdate: December 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: October 12, 1948

 43 Stanley Kauffmann

Stanley Kauffmann
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: April 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 9, 2013

 44 Philip French

Philip French
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Birthdate: July 31, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: England
Died: October 27, 2015

 45 Helen Vendler

Helen Vendler
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Famous As: Literary critic, Poet, Journalist
Birthdate: April 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston

 46 Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Botoşani, Romania
Died: July 28, 2007

 47 Tom Shales

Tom Shales
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elgin

 48 Béla Balázs

Béla Balázs
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: August 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
Died: May 17, 1949

 49 Ennio Flaiano

Ennio Flaiano
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy
Died: November 20, 1972

 50 Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
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Famous As: Film Critic
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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