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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. (742 items)
Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Critics
Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American conservative political commentator, radio host and television producer. He is the CEO, founder, and owner of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent ...more

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Critics
Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The ...more

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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Critics
Simon Phillip Cowell (; born 7 October 1959) is an English television music and talent show judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, television producer, and entrepreneur. He has ...more

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Michael Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Critics
Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American documentary filmmaker and author. He is best known for his work on globalization and capitalism. Moore has been labeled a left-wing ...more

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Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Critics
Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes called "the father of ...more

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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous 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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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Critics
Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was an English-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and social critic. Hitchens was the author, co-author, ...more

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Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Critics
Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (; French: [maʁsɛl pʁust]; 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922), known as Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for ...more

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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Critics
Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of ...more
Clive James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Critics
Clive James (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962.

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Critics
John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic. One of only three writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for ...more

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Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous 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
Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Critics
Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Critics
Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy analyst, and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in ...more

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Garry Kasparov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Critics
Garry Kimovich Kasparov (Russian: Га́рри Ки́мович Каспа́ров, Russian pronunciation: [ˈɡarʲɪ ˈkʲiməvʲɪtɕ kɐˈsparəf]; born Garik Kimovich Weinstein, 13 April 1963) is a Russian chess grandmaster, ...more
Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Critics
María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theater. Jurado began her ...more
Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Critics
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (; Spanish: [ˈboɾxes] (listen); 24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in ...more

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Charlie Brooker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Critics
Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the ...more

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Critics
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

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Zbigniew Brzezinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Critics
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski ( ZBIG-nyef brə-ZIN-skee, Polish: [ˈzbiɡɲɛf kaˈʑimjɛʐ bʐɛˈʑij̃skʲi] (listen); March 28, 1928 – May 26, 2017) was a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. ...more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Critics
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, (; 25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic ...more

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Mark Kermode is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous 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
Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Critics
Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild; August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York; she was best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye ...more
Lytton Strachey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Critics
Giles Lytton Strachey (; 1 March 1880 – 21 January 1932) was an English writer and critic. A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group and author of Eminent Victorians, he is best known for ...more

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Lu Xun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Critics
Lu Xun (Wade–Giles romanisation: Lu Hsün) was the pen name of Zhou Shuren (25 September 1881 – 19 October 1936), a Chinese writer, essayist, poet, and literary critic. He was a leading ...more