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List of Famous Film Critics

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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. 
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  • Roger Joseph Ebert (; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian,...  more

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  • Pauline Kael (; June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for...  more
  • Leonard Michael Maltin (born December 18, 1950) is an American film critic and film historian,...  more
  • Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966) is a U.S. journalist and film critic. Along with...  more
  • Richard Warren Schickel (February 10, 1933 – February 18, 2017) was an American film...  more
  • Jonathan Stephen Ross (born 17 November 1960) is an English television and radio presenter,...  more

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  • Francis Bosley Crowther Jr. (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American journalist,...  more
  • Peter Travers is an American film critic and journalist, who has written for People and...  more
  • Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – October 15, 2000) was an American film and theatre critic who...  more
  • Kenneth Turan (; born October 27, 1946) is an American film critic and lecturer in the Master...  more
  • Michael Saul Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American radio show host, author, political...  more
  • Richard Nelson Corliss (March 6, 1944 – April 23, 2015) was an American film critic and...  more
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  • Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and...  more
  • Eugene Shalit (born March 25, 1926) is an American film and book critic. He filled those roles...  more
  • Mark James Patrick Kermode (né Fairey; born 2 July 1963) is an English film critic and...  more
  • Claudia Anne Winkleman (born 15 January 1972) is an English television presenter, model, film...  more
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    James Lewis Hoberman (born March 14, 1949), known as J. Hoberman, is an American film critic,...  more
  • Manohla June Dargis (; born April 7, 1961) is an American film critic. She is one of the chief...  more
  • John Irving Bloom (born January 27, 1953), known by the stage name Joe Bob Briggs, is a...  more
  • Michael Phillips (born 1961) is an American film critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper....  more
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