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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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This historic film critics from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American film critics of note?" and "Who are the most famous film critics from the United States?" These prominent film critics of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American film critics.

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  • 1
    A. O. Scott

    BirthplaceNorthampton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966) is a U.S. journalist and film critic. Along with... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Alonso Duralde

    BirthplaceEast Point, Georgia

    Alonso Duralde (born May 18, 1967) is an American writer and film critic.
  • 3
    Armond White

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Armond White is an American film and music critic who writes for National Review and Out. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    B. Ruby Rich
    B. Ruby Rich is an American scholar, critic of independent, Latin American, documentary,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Bob Mondello
    Bob Mondello (Washington, D.C.) is an American film critic.
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    Bosley Crowther

    Bosley Crowther

    Dec. at 76 (1905-1981)

    BirthplaceTimonium, Baltimore, Maryland

    Francis Bosley Crowther Jr. (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American journalist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Cecelia Ager

    Dec. at 79 (1902-1981)

    BirthplaceGreen Valley, California

    Cecelia Ager (January 23, 1902 - April 3, 1981) was an American film critic and star reporter... more on Wikipedia
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    Christopher Null

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Christopher Null is a film critic, columnist and former blogger for Yahoo! Tech, editor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Davey Marlin-Jones

    Davey Marlin-Jones

    Dec. at 72 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceWinchester, White River Township, Indiana

    Davey Marlin-Jones (May 8, 1932 – March 2, 2004) was an American stage director, as well as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    David Ansen
    David Ansen was the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival from 2010 until 2014. ... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    David Denby

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    David Denby (born 1943) is an American journalist, best known as a film critic for The New... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    David Edelstein
    David Edelstein (born 1959) is the chief film critic for New York magazine and CBS Sunday... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    David Thomson

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    David Thomson (born 18 February 1941) is a British film critic and historian based in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ella Taylor

    Ella Taylor

    Ella Taylor is a film critic who was a staff writer for the LA Weekly and Village Voice Media,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Elvis Mitchell

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Highland Park, Detroit

    Elvis Mitchell (born December 6, 1958) is an American film critic, host of the public radio... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Emanuel Levy
    Emanuel Levy is an American film critic and professor who has taught at Columbia University,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Gene Shalit

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Eugene Shalit (born March 25, 1926) is an American film and book critic. He filled those roles... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Gene Siskel

    Gene Siskel

    Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Eugene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    BirthplaceNew Jersey, United States of America

    Gerald Peary (born October 30, 1944) is an American film critic, editor of the University... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Glenn Kenny
    Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist.
  • 21
    James Agee

    James Agee

    Dec. at 46 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    James Rufus Agee ( AY-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American novelist,... more on Wikipedia
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    James DiGiovanna is a film reviewer and filmmaker, and the author of a number of published... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Jami Bernard

    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Jami Bernard (born August 10, 1956) is an American author and media consultant, an... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Janet Maslin

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and... more on Wikipedia
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    Jay Cocks

    Jay Cocks

    Age: 76
    John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter.... more on Wikipedia