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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
A. O. Scott age 51 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
Alonso Duralde age 50 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
Armond White age 65 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 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 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
Bosley Crowther Died 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
Cecelia Ager Died 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
Christopher Null age 46 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
Davey Marlin-Jones Died 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 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
David Denby age 75 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
David Edelstein age 59 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
David Thomson age 77 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
Elvis Mitchell age 59 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
Emanuel Levy age 69 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
Gene Shalit 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
Gene Siskel Died 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
Gerald Peary age 73 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
Glenn Kenny age 58 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
James Agee Died 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
James DiGiovanna age 52 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
Jami Bernard age 61 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
Janet Maslin age 68 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
Jay Cocks age 74 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

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Jeffrey Lyons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Jeffrey Lyons age 73 Jeffrey Lyons is an American television and film critic.

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Jim Holliday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Jim Holliday Died at 56 (1948-2004) Jim Holliday was an American pornographic film director, critic, and historian. He was a founder and previously the honorary historian of the X-Rated Critics Organization. Holliday was also a ...more

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Joe Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Joe Morgenstern age 85 Joe Morgenstern is a film critic for The Wall Street Journal. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Jonathan Rosenbaum age 75 Jonathan Rosenbaum is an American film critic. Rosenbaum was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008, when he retired at the age of 65. He has published and edited ...more

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Kenneth Turan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Kenneth Turan age 71 Kenneth Turan is an American film critic and Lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

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Kyle Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Kyle Smith age 52 Kyle Smith is an American critic, novelist and essayist. He is a staff film critic for the New York Post. A writer in Entertainment Weekly described Smith's film-reviewing style "an ...more

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Leonard Maltin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Leonard Maltin age 67 Leonard Michael Maltin is an American film critic and historian, author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory narratives. He is known as a "go-to" ...more

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Maitland McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Maitland McDonagh Maitland McDonagh is an American film critic and the author of several books about cinema.

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Manny Farber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Manny Farber Died at 91 (1917-2008) Emanuel "Manny" Farber was an American painter, film critic and writer. Often described as "iconoclastic", Farber developed a distinctive prose style and set of theoretical ...more

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Michael Medved is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Michael Medved age 69 Michael Medved is an American radio show host, author, political commentator and film critic. His Seattle-based nationally syndicated talk show, The Michael Medved Show, airs throughout the U.S. ...more

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Michael Phillips is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Michael Phillips age 57 Michael Phillips is a 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 ...more

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Michael Sragow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Michael Sragow age 65 Michael Sragow is a film critic and columnist who has written for The Orange County Register, The Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Examiner, The New Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and ...more

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Mick LaSalle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Mick LaSalle age 58 Mick LaSalle is an American film critic and the author of two books on pre-Hays Code Hollywood. Up to March 2008, he had written more than 1550 reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle and he has ...more

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Owen Gleiberman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Owen Gleiberman age 59 Owen Gleiberman is an American film critic. Until April 2014, he wrote for Entertainment Weekly, a position he had held since the magazine's launch in 1990. From 1981 to 1989, he worked at the ...more

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Parker Tyler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Parker Tyler Died at 70 (1904-1974) Harrison Parker Tyler, better known as Parker Tyler, was an American author, poet, and film critic. Tyler had a relationship with underground filmmaker Charles Boultenhouse from 1945 until his ...more

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Paul Schrader is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Paul Schrader age 71 Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or cowrote screenplays for the Martin Scorsese classics Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last ...more

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Peter Travers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Peter Travers Peter Travers is 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 ABCNews.com.

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Phillip Lopate is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Phillip Lopate age 74 Phillip Lopate is an American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher. He is the younger brother of radio host Leonard Lopate.

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Rex Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Rex Reed age 79 Rex Taylor Reed is an 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

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Richard Corliss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Richard Corliss age 74 Richard Nelson Corliss is one of the editors of Time magazine who focuses on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects. He is the former editor-in-chief of Film Comment and author of ...more

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Richard Roeper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Richard Roeper age 58 Richard E. Roeper is an American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times and who was a co-host from 2010 until 2014 on The Roe and Roeper Show with Roe Conn on WLS-AM. He co-hosted ...more

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Richard Schickel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Richard Schickel age 85 Richard Warren Schickel is an American author, journalist, film director, producer, screenwriter, documentarian, and film/literary critic. He was a film critic for Time magazine from 1965-2010, ...more

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Robert Wilonsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Robert Wilonsky age 49 Robert Elliott Wilonsky is the managing editor of DallasNews.com, the website for The Dallas Morning News, an American journalist and the former host of Higher Definition, an interview program ...more

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Rod Lurie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Rod Lurie age 55 Rod Lurie is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic.

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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Critics from the United States
Roger Ebert Died at 71 (1942-2013) Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert was the first film ...more