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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 Joseph Ebert (; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until ...more

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Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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
Pauline Kael is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Pauline Kael (; June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Kael was known for her "witty, biting, highly ...more
Leonard Maltin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Leonard Michael Maltin (born December 18, 1950) is an American film critic and film historian, as well as an author of several mainstream books on cinema, focusing on nostalgic, celebratory ...more
A. O. Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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.
Richard Schickel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Richard Warren Schickel (February 10, 1933 – February 18, 2017) was an American film historian, journalist, author, documentarian, and film and literary critic. He was a film critic for Time ...more
Jonathan Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Jonathan Stephen Ross (born 17 November 1960) is an English television and radio presenter, film critic, actor and comedian best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with ...more

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Bosley Crowther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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 ...more
Peter Travers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Peter Travers is an American film critic and journalist, who has written for People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn for ABC News.
Vincent Canby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – October 15, 2000) was an American film and theatre critic who served as the chief film critic for The New York Times from 1969 until the early 1990s, then its ...more
Kenneth Turan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Kenneth Turan (; born October 27, 1946) 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 Saul Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic. His talk show, The Michael Medved Show is syndicated from his home ...more
Richard Corliss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Richard Nelson Corliss (March 6, 1944 – April 23, 2015) was an American film critic and magazine editor for Time. He focused on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.He was the ...more
Glenn Kenny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist.
Bob Mondello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Bob Mondello (Washington, D.C.) is an American film critic.
Janet Maslin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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
Gene Shalit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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 ...more
Mark Kermode is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Mark James Patrick Kermode (né Fairey; born 2 July 1963) is an English film critic and musician. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, contributes to the magazine Sight & ...more
Claudia Winkleman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Claudia Anne Winkleman (born 15 January 1972) is an English television presenter, model, film critic, radio personality, and journalist. Between 2004 and 2010, she presented Strictly Come ...more
Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Jean Marie Maurice Schérer or Maurice Henri Joseph Schérer, known as Éric Rohmer (French: [eʁik ʁomɛʁ], 21 March 1920 – 11 January 2010), was a French film director, film ...more

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J. Hoberman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
J. Hoberman
James Lewis Hoberman (born March 14, 1949), known as J. Hoberman, is an American film critic, journalist, author and academic. He began working at The Village Voice in the 1970s, became a ...more
Manohla Dargis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
Manohla June Dargis (; born April 7, 1961) is an American film critic. She is one of the chief film critics for The New York Times, along with A. O. Scott. She is a five-time finalist for the ...more
Joe Bob Briggs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
John Irving Bloom (born January 27, 1953), known by the stage name 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 (born 1961) is an American 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; ...more
Armond White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Film Critics
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 ...more