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Like many on this site, I imagine, I read reviews of other critics just as often as I read reviews by friends. Over the years I've come to enjoy the criticism of some, dislike a few, and have one I'm not sure about. This is by no means a definitive list, and I'm sure I'm forgetting or neglecting some-- please share your thoughts, too!
Jonathan Rosenbaum- My favorite critic right now, Rosenbaum has been a long-standing mainstay of the American field of criticism, has an impressive array of well written, well thought out reviews to his credit, and has written some superb articles about the nature of film. His blog is fantastic, too.
Mark Kermode- Lately, Kermode has become one of my favorite film critics. He's arguably the best critic in the UK and his reviews are acerbic, highly opinionated, and all of his reviews are extremely reasonable. Although I've been unable to find a site that has all his written reviews (perhaps someone can help me with this), I've checked out some of his video blogs and I imagine he is just as eloquent in print.
Richard Corliss- TIME magazine's long time critic, Corliss has a reputation for highly cogent, intelligent reviews which thoroughly encapsulate their subject matter. As an aside, it was per his reccommendation I watched MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE for the first time (my favorite movie). Here's to you, Rich.
AO Scott- Not only does he share my initials, he writes outstanding reviews for my favorite newspaper ever, The New York Times. His reviews are something to look up to, with descriptions of details and nuances that would be lost to a lesser critic. His At the Movies show is great, too.
Armond White- This guy is an oddball, really puzzling. On a few of his reviews I agree (The Bad Sleep Well=Good, Fantastic Mr. Fox=Good), and his reviews indicate that they are written by someone of intelligence, but he also has panned a bafflingly large number of good movies. It's like I want to like his criticism, but when he writes negative reviews of movies like PRECIOUS and AN EDUCATION, I have to wonder what's going on in there.
Peter Travers- I'm not going to give this guy too much shit cause he gets enough of it already, but he has the absolute most populist, obnoxious taste in movies (like rating Troy fresh because it's a great crib notes to Homer)-- some of his reviews just seem to provoke an immediate "Oh, come on."
Victoria Alexander- Is it wrong to get so much enjoyment out of reading your least favorite critic's reviews? Because some of this lady's criticism is so apallingly bad, so retchingly devoid of taste, that it's uproariously funny. Honestly, check out her reviews, they'll make your day (Day the Earth Stood Still="far superior to the silly robot in a silver jumper B&W original). How she writes for the respected publication "Films In Review" (oldest film journal in the US, apparently) is beyond me. I'm afraid it probably involved a little bit of hanky panky behind the scenes.
Roger Ebert- A lot of you will be scratching your heads at this, and for good reason. I did a little informal survey and from 50 people who listed their favorite critics, 26 chose Ebert. That's of course, over 50%, a sizable fan club. I guess I just feel a little lukewarm about him. I often find his reviews rather smug and a tad self congragulatory, and find myself disagreeing with him on a few things (2009="a magical year for movies"? I disagree), but I must say just as often I find a few valuable insights. I need to do a little soul searching on this one, methinks.