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Famous Film Critics from the United States

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List of notable or famous film critics from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top film critics born in the United States and even some popular film critics who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American film critics then this list is the perfect resource for you. These film critics are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known film critic from the United States is included when available.

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A. O. Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 52
Anthony Oliver Scott is an American journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.
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Alonso Duralde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 51
Alonso Duralde is an American writer and film critic. Duralde was born in East Point, Georgia. He was the artistic director at the USA Film Festival/Dallas for five years. He was also the former ...more
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Armond White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 66
Armond Allen White is a New York-based film and music critic known for his provocative and idiosyncratic film criticism, which some have characterized as contrarian. He currently writes for ...more
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B. Ruby Rich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
B. Ruby Rich is an American scholar, critic of independent, Latin American, documentary and gay films, and a professor of Film & Digital Media and Social Documentation also known as ...more
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Bob Mondello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Bob Mondello is an American film critic. He has worked for National Public Radio since 1984 — where he is the arts critic / film and theater commentator for All Things Considered. He has also ...more
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Bosley Crowther is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1905-1981)
Bosley Crowther was an American journalist and author who was film critic for The New York Times for 27 years. His reviews and articles helped shape the careers of actors, directors and ...more
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Cecelia Ager is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Dec. at 79 (1902-1981)
Cecelia Ager was an American film critic and star reporter for Variety and the New York Post Magazine. Married for 57 years to songwriter Milton Ager, she was mother to two daughters, Laurel ...more
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Christopher Null is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 47
Christopher Null is a film critic, columnist and former blogger for Yahoo! Tech, editor of Drinkhacker.com, and was the founder and editor-in-chief of Filmcritic.com, which operated from 1995 to ...more
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Davey Marlin-Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1932-2004)
Davey Marlin-Jones was an American stage director, as well as a local television personality. He was born in Winchester, Indiana, and was known as a tireless advocate for the local stage and ...more
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David Ansen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
David Ansen has been the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival since 2010. He was a reviewer and senior editor for Newsweek, where he served as the movie critic from 1977 through ...more
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David Denby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 76
David Denby is an American journalist, best known as a film critic for The New Yorker magazine.
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David Edelstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 60
David Edelstein is the chief film critic for New York, as well as the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Rachel Klayman, and ...more
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David Thomson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 78
David Thomson is a British film critic and historian based in the United States and the author of more than 20 books. His reference works in particular — Have You Seen...?: A Personal ...more
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Ella Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Ella Taylor
Ella Taylor is a film critic who was a staff writer for the LA Weekly and Village Voice Media, writing film and book reviews, interviews, profiles, and cultural and political commentary from ...more
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Elvis Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 60
Elvis Mitchell is an American film critic, host of the public radio show The Treatment, and visiting lecturer at Harvard University. He has served as a film critic for the Fort Worth ...more
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Emanuel Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 70
Emanuel Levy is an American film critic and professor.
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Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 92
Eugene Shalit is an American film and book critic. He filled those roles on NBC's The Today Show from January 15, 1973, until his retirement on November 11, 2010. He is known for his frequent ...more
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Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)
Eugene Kal "Gene" Siskel was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows on television ...more
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Gerald Peary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 74
Gerald Peary is an American film critic, who was a reviewer and columnist for the Boston Phoenix from 1996 to 2012, until its demise. He is now a critic-at-large for The Arts Fuse, a ...more
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Glenn Kenny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 59
Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist, and the chief film critic for MSN. Kenny served as a critic and editor at the film magazine Premiere from 1996 until it ceased publication ...more
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James Agee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)
James Rufus Agee was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A ...more
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James DiGiovanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 53
James DiGiovanna is an award-winning film reviewer and filmmaker, and the author of a number of published short stories. Together with Bob Grimm and Colin Boyd, he is one of three cinema writers ...more
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Jami Bernard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 62
Jami Bernard is an American 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. She has appeared ...more
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Janet Maslin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 69
Janet R. Maslin is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times. She served as the Times' film critic from 1977 to 1999.
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Jay Cocks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
age 75
Jay Cocks is an American film critic and motion picture screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before ...more