Film Critics

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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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Roger Ebert
(Film Critic for the "Chicago Sun-Times")
Roger Ebert
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Died: April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert was an American journalist, author, screenwriter, film historian, and film critic. While working as a film critic for the daily newspaper Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, becoming the first film critic to be honored with the prestigious award. He was often described as America's most influential and prominent film critic of all time.

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Film Director and a Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement)
Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 2022

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter had the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as the 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.

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Gene Siskel
(Film critic. Journalist)
Gene Siskel
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Birthdate: January 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 20, 1999
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Paul Schrader
(Screenwriter)
Paul Schrader
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Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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Kurt Loder
(Film critic)
Kurt Loder
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Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.
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Olivier Assayas
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film critic)
Olivier Assayas
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Birthdate: January 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Rex Reed
(Actor, Film actor, Journalist)
Rex Reed
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Birthdate: October 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth
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Leonard Maltin
(Journalist, Art historian, Film critic, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)
Leonard Maltin
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Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
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Mark Kermode
(Television presenter, Musician, Journalist)
Mark Kermode
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Birthdate: July 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet
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Pauline Kael
(Film critic, Writer, Journalist)
Pauline Kael
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Birthdate: June 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Petaluma
Died: September 3, 2001
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Harry Knowles
(Film Critic and Writer Known for His Website Called 'Ain’t It Cool News')
Harry Knowles
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Birthdate: December 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
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Richard Roeper
(Journalist)
Richard Roeper
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Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Armond White
(Film critic)
Armond White
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Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Scott Ritter
(Writer, Officer)
Scott Ritter
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Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gainesville
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John Irving Bloom
(Film critic)
John Irving Bloom
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Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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John Lahr
(Biographer, Journalist)
John Lahr
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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.

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Synnove Macody Lund
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Birthdate: May 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stord, Norway
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James Agee
(Novelist)
James Agee
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Birthdate: November 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1955
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Leos Carax
(Film director)
Leos Carax
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Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France
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Barry Norman
(Film critic, Television presenter)
Barry Norman
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Birthdate: August 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: June 30, 2017
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Kenneth Tynan
(Diarist, Theatre critic, Screenwriter)
Kenneth Tynan
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Birthdate: April 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: July 26, 1980
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Wesley Morris
(writer, film critic, journalist)
Wesley Morris
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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A. O. Scott
(Journalist, Film critic)
A. O. Scott
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Birthdate: July 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Northampton
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Andre Bazin
(Film Critic)
Andre Bazin
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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
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Lionel Trilling
(Literary critic, Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Journalist)
Lionel Trilling
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Birthdate: July 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: November 5, 1975
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Peter Bradshaw
(Writer and film critic)
Peter Bradshaw
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Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: England
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Vincent Canby
(Journalist)
Vincent Canby
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Birthdate: July 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 15, 2000
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Bosley Crowther
(Journalist, Film critic)
Bosley Crowther
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Birthdate: July 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lutherville, Maryland, United States
Died: March 7, 1981
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David Fricke
(Journalist, Writer, Music critic)
David Fricke
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Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America
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Mark Van Doren
(Poet, Autobiographer, Literary critic, University teacher, Professor, Writer, Journalist)
Mark Van Doren
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Birthdate: June 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vermilion County
Died: December 10, 1972
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John Campea
(Film director, Screenwriter)
John Campea
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Birthdate: February 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halifax
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Nat Hentoff
(Historian, Writer, Music historian, Record producer, Composer, Children's writer, Journalist)
Nat Hentoff
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Birthdate: June 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 7, 2017
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James Berardinelli
(Film critic, Writer, Journalist)
James Berardinelli
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Birthdate: September 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Brunswick
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
(Film critic, Journalist)
Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Birthdate: February 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florence
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Andrew Sarris
(Film critic)
Andrew Sarris
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Birthdate: October 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 20, 2012
 36 
Renata Adler
(American Author, Journalist, and Film Critic )
Renata Adler
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Birthdate: October 19, 1938
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. 

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Suzy Menkes
(Journalist)
Suzy Menkes
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Birthdate: December 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaconsfield
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Joel Siegel
(Film Critic for the ABC Morning News Show Good Morning America)
Joel Siegel
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Birthdate: July 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 29, 2007
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Dwight Macdonald
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Birthdate: March 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 19, 1982
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Richard Corliss
(Journalist, Film critic)
Richard Corliss
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Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 23, 2015
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Marc Fennell
(Co-anchor on The Feed)
Marc Fennell
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Birthdate: June 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Marc Fennell is an Australian film critic, television presenter, and technology journalist. He is best known as the co-anchor on the satire television series The Feed. He won the first AFI Young Film Critics Competition as a young man. He also produces digital video projects exploring cinema culture and is the author of That Movie Book. 

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Kenneth Turan
(Journalist)
Kenneth Turan
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Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn
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Ben Brantley
(Journalist)
Ben Brantley
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Birthdate: October 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Durham
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Charles Champlin
(Film critic, Writer)
Charles Champlin
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Birthdate: March 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 2014
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Penelope Gilliatt
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Birthdate: March 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 9, 1993
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Alfred Kerr
(Theatre critic)
Alfred Kerr
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Birthdate: December 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: October 12, 1948
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Isidore Isou
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Birthdate: January 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Botoşani, Romania
Died: July 28, 2007
Philip French
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Birthdate: 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: England
Died: October 27, 2015
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Tom Shales
(Journalist)
Tom Shales
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Birthdate: November 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elgin
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Béla Balázs
(Hungarian Film Critic, Aesthetician, Writer and a Proponent of Formalist Film Theory)
Béla Balázs
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Birthdate: August 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
Died: May 17, 1949

Hungarian author Béla Balázs, known for his Symbolist poems, also made pathbreaking studies in formalist film theory. He later established the Film Studies Institute of Hungary and also contributed to films such as The 3 Penny Opera. The Béla Balázs Prize, named after him, now honors talented cinematographers.