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Famous Film Critics from the United States

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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    BirthplaceNorthampton, Massachusetts, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966) is a U.S. journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.   ...more
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    BirthplaceEast Point, Georgia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alonso Duralde (born May 18, 1967) is an American writer and film critic.  ...more
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    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Armond White is an American film and music critic who writes for National Review and Out. He was previously the editor of CityArts (2011–2014), the lead film critic for the alternative weekly New  ...more
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    B. Ruby Rich is an American scholar, critic of independent, Latin American, documentary, feminist, and queer films, and a professor of Film & Digital Media and Social Documentation (also known as  ...more
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    Bob Mondello (Washington, D.C.) is an American film critic.  ...more
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    Dec. at 75 (1905-1981)

    BirthplaceTimonium, Baltimore, Maryland

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Francis Bosley Crowther Jr. (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American journalist, author, and film critic for The New York Times for 27 years. His work helped shape the careers of many actors,  ...more
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    Cecelia Ager

    Dec. at 79 (1902-1981)

    BirthplaceGreen Valley, California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Cecelia Ager (January 23, 1902 - April 3, 1981) 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  ...more
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    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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    Dec. at 71 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceWinchester, White River Township, Indiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Davey Marlin-Jones (May 8, 1932 – March 2, 2004) 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  ...more
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    David Ansen was the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival from 2010 until 2014. 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

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Denby (born 1943) is an American journalist, best known as a film critic for The New Yorker magazine.  ...more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Edelstein (born 1959) is the chief film critic for New York magazine and CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two daughters.  ...more
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    BirthplaceEngland, London

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    David Thomson (born 18 February 1941) 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  ...more
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    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 1989 to  ...more
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    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Highland Park, Detroit

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Elvis Mitchell (born December 6, 1958) 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  ...more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    Emanuel Levy is an American film critic and professor who has taught at Columbia University, New School for Social Research, Wellesley College, Arizona State University and UCLA Film School. Levy  ...more
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    Gene Shalit

    Age: 95

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eugene Shalit (born March 25, 1926) is an American film and book critic. He filled those roles on NBC's The Today Show from January 15, 1973, after starting part-time in 1970, until his retirement on  ...more
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    Gene Siskel

    Dec. at 53 (1946-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eugene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999) was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular movie  ...more
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    Gerald Peary

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceUSA, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Gerald Peary (born October 30, 1944) is an American film critic, editor of the University Press of Mississippi, and a former curator of the Harvard Film Archive.  ...more
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    Glenn Kenny

    Age: 62

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist.  ...more
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    James Agee

    Dec. at 45 (1909-1955)

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Rufus Agee ( AY-jee; November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in  ...more
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    James DiGiovanna

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceAmericas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James DiGiovanna is a 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 on the staff of  ...more
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    Jami Bernard

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jami Bernard (born August 10, 1956) 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.  ...more
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    Janet Maslin

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times. She served as a Times film critic from 1977 to 1999 and a book  ...more
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    Jay Cocks

    Age: 77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other  ...more