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List of famous film critics, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top film critics in the world? This includes the most prominent film critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable film critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic film critics were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned film critics.

This list of famous movie critics and reviewers features Roger Ebert, Mark Kermode and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known film critics to the lesser known film critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the film critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous film critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous film critics?" then you're in the right place. 

Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Roger Ebert 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

Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Gene Siskel 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

Pauline Kael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Pauline Kael Pauline Kael was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Earlier in her career, her work appeared in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic. Kael was ...more

Leonard Maltin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Leonard Maltin 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

A. O. Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
A. O. Scott 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.

Richard Schickel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Richard Schickel 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

Jonathan Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Jonathan Ross Jonathan Stephen Ross, OBE is an English television and radio presenter; best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross during the 2000s. Ross also hosted his ...more

Bosley Crowther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Bosley Crowther 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

Peter Travers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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.

Vincent Canby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Vincent Canby Vincent Canby was an American film critic who became the chief film critic for The New York Times in 1969 and reviewed more than 1000 films during his tenure there.

Kenneth Turan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Kenneth Turan Kenneth Turan is an American film critic and Lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

Michael Medved is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Michael Medved 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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Richard Corliss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Richard Corliss 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

Glenn Kenny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Glenn Kenny 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

Bob Mondello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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

Janet Maslin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Janet Maslin 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.

Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Gene Shalit 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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Mark Kermode is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Mark Kermode Mark James Patrick Kermode is a British film critic, writer, musician and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, and a ...more

Claudia Winkleman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Claudia Winkleman Claudia Anne Winkleman is a television presenter, film critic, radio personality and journalist, best known for her current work with the BBC. Since 2010 she has co-presented Strictly Come ...more

Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Éric Rohmer Maurice Henri Joseph Schérer or Jean Marie Maurice Schérer, known as Éric Rohmer, was a French film director, film critic, journalist, novelist, screenwriter and teacher. ...more

J. Hoberman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
J. Hoberman James Lewis Hoberman, also known as J. Hoberman, is an American film critic. He started at The Village Voice in the 1970s, became a full-time staffer in 1983, and was the senior film critic from ...more

Manohla Dargis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Manohla Dargis Manohla Dargis is a chief film critic for The New York Times, along with A. O. Scott.

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Joe Bob Briggs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Joe Bob Briggs John Irving Bloom, who uses the pseudonym Joe Bob Briggs, is a syndicated American film critic, writer and comic performer.

Michael Phillips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Michael Phillips 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

Armond White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Armond White 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

Christy Lemire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Christy Lemire Christy Lemire is a film critic formerly with the Associated Press and Ebert Presents at the Movies. She also co-hosts the weekly online movie review show, What The Flick?!.

Alonso Duralde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Alonso Duralde 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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David Edelstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
David Edelstein 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

James Agee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
James Agee 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

Paul Schrader is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Paul Schrader 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

David Thomson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
David Thomson 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

Todd McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Todd McCarthy Todd McCarthy is an American film critic. McCarthy wrote for Variety for 31 years as its chief film critic before being laid-off in 2010. He later became chief film critic for The Hollywood ...more

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Rex Reed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Rex Reed 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

F. X. Feeney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
F. X. Feeney F. X. Feeney is an American writer and filmmaker.

Gerald Peary is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Gerald Peary 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

Ty Burr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Ty Burr Ty Burr is an American film critic who writes for the Boston Globe.

Kim Newman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Kim Newman Kim Newman is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. Recurring interests visible in his work include film history and horror fiction—both of which he attributes to seeing Tod ...more

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Barry Norman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Barry Norman Barry Leslie Norman, CBE is a British film critic, writer and media personality. He presented BBC Television's Film 72 until 1998.

Phillip Lopate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Phillip Lopate Phillip Lopate is an American film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher. He is the younger brother of radio host Leonard Lopate.

Isidore Isou is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Isidore Isou Isidore Isou, born Ioan-Isidor Goldstein, was a Romanian-born French poet, film critic and visual artist. He was the founder of Lettrism, an art and literary movement which owed inspiration to ...more

Stephen Hunter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Stephen Hunter Stephen Hunter is an American novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic.

Rod Lurie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Rod Lurie Rod Lurie is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic.

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Park Chan-wook is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Park Chan-wook Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is most known for his ...more

Joe Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Joe Morgenstern Joe Morgenstern is a film critic for The Wall Street Journal. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Elvis Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Elvis Mitchell 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

Jonathan Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Jonathan Rosenbaum 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

James DiGiovanna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
James DiGiovanna 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

Robin Wood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Robin Wood Robert Paul Wood – known as Robin Wood – was a film critic and educator who lived in Canada for much of his life. He wrote books on Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Satyajit Ray, Ingmar Bergman, ...more

Gilbert Adair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Gilbert Adair Gilbert Adair was a Scottish novelist, poet, film critic and journalist. He was critically most famous for the "fiendish" translation of Georges Perec's postmodern novel A Void, in ...more

Taran Adarsh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Taran Adarsh Taran Adarsh is an Indian film critic, journalist, editor and film trade analyst. He is also a former producer and screenwriter. He is the son of film director and producer, B. K. Adarsh.