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List of famous critics, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top critics in the world? This includes the most prominent critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic 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 critics.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known critics to the lesser known critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous critics?" then you're in the right place. (745 items)

Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Critics
Glenn Beck Glenn Lee Beck is an American television personality and radio host, conservative political commentator, author, television network producer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He hosts the Glenn Beck ...more

Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Critics
Jon Stewart Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily ...more

Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Critics
Simon Cowell Simon Phillip Cowell is an English reality TV celebrity, music and television producer and talent scout. He is known in the United Kingdom and United States for his role as a talent judge on TV ...more

Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Critics
Michael Moore Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, journalist, actor, and liberal political activist. He is the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, a ...more

Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Critics
Noam Chomsky Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as ...more

Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous 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

Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Critics
Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens was an Anglo-American author, literary critic and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary ...more

Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Critics
Marcel Proust Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts ...more

Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Critics
Cornel West Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

Clive James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Critics
Clive James Clive James AO CBE is an Australian-British author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and ...more

John Updike is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Critics
John Updike John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of ...more

Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous 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

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Critics
Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more

Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Critics
Joseph Stiglitz Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark ...more

Garry Kasparov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Critics
Garry Kasparov Garry Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. From 1986 ...more

Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Critics
Katy Jurado Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood. Jurado had already established herself as an actress in Mexico in the 1940s when she came to ...more

Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Critics
Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the ...more

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Charlie Brooker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Critics
Charlie Brooker Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is an English satirist and broadcaster. He has worked in television, radio, print and online media. In addition to writing credits for programmes such as ...more

George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Critics
George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

Zbigniew Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Critics
Zbigniew Brzezinski Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as a counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966–1968 and held the position of United ...more

Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Critics
Anthony Burgess John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more

Mark Kermode is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous 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

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Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Critics
Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, ...more

Lytton Strachey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Critics
Lytton Strachey Giles Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group and author of Eminent Victorians, he is best known for establishing a new form of biography in ...more

Lu Xun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Critics
Lu Xun Lǔ Xùn or Lu Hsün, was the pen name of Zhou Shuren, a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, ...more

Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Critics
Colm Tóibín Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor ...more

Frank Bruni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Critics
Frank Bruni Frank Anthony Bruni is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. In June 2011, he was named an Op-Ed columnist for the newspaper—its ...more

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Robert Peters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Critics
Robert Peters Robert Louis Peters is a 1966 Guggenheim Fellow in Humanities.

Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Critics
Camille Paglia Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

Bill Siksay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Critics
Bill Siksay William Livingstone Siksay, former MP is a Canadian politician, and was the Member of Parliament who represented the British Columbia riding of Burnaby—Douglas for the New Democratic Party from ...more

Robert Benchley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Critics
Robert Benchley Robert Charles Benchley was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, ...more

Herbert Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Critics
Herbert Muschamp Herbert Mitchell Muschamp was an American architecture critic.

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Marquis de Sade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Critics
Marquis de Sade Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short ...more

Philip Hensher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Critics
Philip Hensher Philip Michael Hensher FRSL is an English novelist, critic and journalist.

Virgil Thomson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Critics
Virgil Thomson Virgil Thomson was an American composer and critic. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. He has been described as a modernist, a ...more

Edward Said is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Critics
Edward Said Edward Wadie Said was a Palestinian American literary theorist and public intellectual who helped found the critical-theory field of postcolonialism. Born in Jerusalem in Mandatory Palestine to ...more

H. L. Mencken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Critics
H. L. Mencken Henry Louis "HL" Mencken was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the ...more

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Critics
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake ...more

George Melly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Critics
George Melly Alan George Heywood Melly was an English jazz and blues singer, critic, writer and lecturer. From 1965 to 1973 he was a film and television critic for The Observer and lectured on art history, ...more

Adolfo Bioy Casares is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Critics
Adolfo Bioy Casares Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many ...more

Liu Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Critics
Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule. He is currently incarcerated as ...more

James Dickey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Critics
James Dickey James Lafayette Dickey was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966. He also received the Order of the ...more

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Walter Pater is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Critics
Walter Pater Walter Horatio Pater was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and writer of fiction.

Kenneth Tynan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Critics
Kenneth Tynan Kenneth Peacock Tynan was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer, he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger, and encouraged the emerging wave ...more

J.D. McClatchy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Critics
J.D. McClatchy J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy is an American poet and literary critic. He is editor of the Yale Review and president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Alexander Woollcott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Critics
Alexander Woollcott Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. He was the inspiration for Sheridan Whiteside, the ...more

Ben Brantley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Critics
Ben Brantley Benjamin D. "Ben" Brantley is an American journalist and the chief theater critic of The New York Times.

Scott Brison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Critics
Scott Brison Scott A. Brison, PC, MP is a Canadian politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. Brison has been the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kings-Hants since the 1997 federal election. Brison was ...more

James Agee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous 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

John Ruskin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Critics
John Ruskin John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging ...more