Film Critics

by dan_dassow | created - 24 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 Jan 2014 | Public

Which of these living film critics, primarily known as critics, comes closest to your taste in film?

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1. 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 ...

An American actor and film historian best known as the primary host for Turner Classic Movies since that service began in 1994, and previously a host of The Movie Channel

2. 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 ...

An American radio and television personality, known for his work as a TV journalist, news anchor, and film critic. On weekends, he presents classic movies on the American cable television channel, Turner Classic Movies.

3. Jay Cocks

Writer | Silence

Jay Cocks was born on December 1, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as John Curran Cocks Jr. He is a writer, known for Silence (2016), Strange Days (1995) and Gangs of New York (2002). He was previously married to Verna Bloom.

Film critic and motion picture screenwriter. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before moving into film writing.

4. Elvis Mitchell

Producer | Black Lightning

Elvis Mitchell was born in 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a producer, known for Black Lightning (2018), The Black List: Volume One (2008) and The Black List: Volume Three (2010).

U.S. film critic, host of the public radio show The Treatment, and visiting lecturer at Harvard University.

5. Leonard Maltin

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...

An American film critic and historian, author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory narratives.

6. 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 ...

American film critic and former co-host of the syndicated television show At the Movies. He currently writes the column "On the Town with Rex Reed" for The New York Observer.

7. Richard Roeper

Writer | Something to Live For

Richard Roeper was born on October 17, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Something to Live For, At the Movies (1986) and Entourage (2004).

An American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and now a co-host on The Roe Conn Show on WLS-AM

8. 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 ...

An American film critic and entertainment reporter.

9. 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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Wall Street Journal.

10. Peter Travers

Writer | US Magazine Looks at the '70s

Peter Travers is a writer, known for US Magazine Looks at the '70s (1980), Showbiz Today (1984) and Popcorn with Peter Travers (2009).

An American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and

11. 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 producer, 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 ...

American author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He is a former film critic for Time magazine, and has also written for Life magazine and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

12. Molly Haskell

Writer | Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed

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 Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor (2018). She was ...

American feminist film critic and author. She contributed to The Village Voice, first as a theatre critic, then as a movie reviewer; and from there moved on to New York Magazine and Vogue.

13. Todd McCarthy

Writer | Visions of Light

Todd McCarthy is a writer and director, known for Visions of Light (1992), Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema (2007) and Claudia Jennings (1995).

Wrote for Variety for 31 years as its chief film critic before being laid-off in 2010. He later became a critic for The Hollywood Reporter.

14. Manohla Dargis

Graduated from Purchase College, State University of New York; one of her professors was Tom Gunning.

Chief film critic for The New York Times, along with A.O. Scott. She was formerly a chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times, the film editor at the LA Weekly, and a film critic at The Village Voice.

15. A.O. Scott

Self | Jeopardy!

A.O. Scott was born on July 10, 1966 in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA as Anthony Oliver Scott.

An American journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.

16. 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 ...

British film critic and former radio producer.

17. Emanuel Levy

Actor | Somewhere

Emanuel Levy is an actor and composer, known for Somewhere (2010), The Reunion (2015) and The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry (2008).

American film critic and professor, formerly a senior critic at Variety, and chief film critic of the UK publication Screen International.

18. Owen Gleiberman

Self | The '80s: The Decade That Made Us

Owen Gleiberman was born on February 24, 1959 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

American film critic for Entertainment Weekly, a position he has held since the magazine's launch in 1990. From 1981 to 1989, he worked at the Boston Phoenix.

19. 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 ...

American film historian and writer. He is an expert in the history and evolution of the motion picture industry

20. Richard Corliss

Self | Life Itself

Richard Corliss was born on March 6, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Richard Nelson Corliss. He was married to Mary Corliss. He died on April 23, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.

One of the editors of Time magazine who focuses on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.

21. Kenneth Turan

Writer | Call Me Anna

Kenneth Turan was born on October 27, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and the Director for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Los Angeles Times since 1993. He is the founding film critic for Arts Alive on KUSC-FM and He also provides regular reviews for Morning Edition on National Public Radio.

22. Jonathan Rosenbaum

The Other Side of the Wind

Jonathan Rosenbaum was born on February 27, 1943 in Alabama, USA.

An American film critic who was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008, when he retired at the age of 65.

23. Michael Phillips

Self | Siskel & Ebert & the Movies

Michael Phillips was born on March 11, 1961 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. He has been married to Heidi Stevens since 2013. He was previously married to Andrea Lenaburg and Ann Jarmusch.

Film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. Previously he was the drama critic of the Tribune; the Los Angeles Times; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; the San Diego Union-Tribune; and the Dallas Times Herald

British non-fiction author and Film magazine editor, who has written several books relating to films. His most recent work was The Complete Spielberg, a guide to the films of Steven Spielberg.

25. Lisa Schwarzbaum

Self | Showbiz Today

Lisa Schwarzbaum was born in New York City, New York, USA.

Joined Entertainment Weekly as a film critic in the 1990s, and remained there until February 2013.

26. Jami Bernard

Self | The 100 Scariest Movie Moments

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...

Author and media consultant, an award-winning film critic for The New York Post and The New York Daily News, and the founder of Barncat Publishing.

27. Maitland McDonagh

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 ...

TV Guide Online's Senior Movie Editor.

28. Dave Kehr

Writer | American Masters

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993.

A critic at the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for many years, he writes a weekly column for The New York Times on DVD releases, in addition to contributing occasional pieces on individual films or filmmakers.

Associate editor of

Film critic for Time Out magazine.

31. David Stratton

Actor | The Bazura Project

David Stratton was born on September 10, 1939 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England as David James Stratton. He is known for his work on The Bazura Project (2006), Dance Academy (2010) and David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017).

English-Australian film critic and television personality.

32. Margaret Pomeranz

Producer | Stone Forever

Margaret Pomeranz was born on July 14, 1944 in Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Margaret Anne Jones-Owen. She is a producer and actress, known for Stone Forever (1999), Dance Academy (2010) and Front Up (1994).

Australian film critic and producer and television personality.

33. Leigh Paatsch

Self | Lowdown

Head movie reviewer/journalist for the Melbourne paper 'The Herald Sun'.

Australia Herald Sun film reviewer.

34. Mark Kermode

Writer | Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins

Mark Kermode began his career in film journalism and broadcasting in the 1980s after studying English at Manchester University, where he wrote his Ph.D thesis on horror fiction. After starting work as a van driver (he claims he was appointed as a film critic after he crashed the van), he began ...

English film critic and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, and a contributor to Kermode and Mayo's Film Review and Sight and Sound magazine.

35. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

I do not have similar taste in film to any of these critics and/or critics in general.

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