Monday, January 25, 2010

Top 10 Film Critics

1. David Thomson
2. Derek Malcolm
3. Philip French
4. Pauline Kael (RIP)
5. Anthony Lane
6. Dilys Powell (RIP)
7. Alexander Walker (RIP)
8. Kim Newman
9. Geoff Andrew
10. Peter Bradshaw


Pearce said...

That is a superb list. Personally I'd put Kael higher for her influence and Thomson lower for his terrible Orson Welles biography, but I can't argue with any inclusions.

One film critic I really love is Glenn Erickson, who writes the DVD Savant column at - it might not be your cup of tea, but if you haven't read him I'd recommend having a look.

Hello, by the way. You don't know me but a mutual friend recommended your blog to me some time ago. Long time reader, first time commenter. :-)

Barnaby said...

Thanks, Pearce. I didn't think I had any long term readers (except my long suffering partner). If you're a Kiwi, I can guess who our mutual friend is...

I know what you mean about David Thomson. I read a couple of duff books by him too; I guess I put him first because of his Biographical Dictionary of Cinema, which was like a Bible to me – the first edition from 1975 anyway. In the more recent edition he seems so jaded (and not too knowledgeable) about modern cinema and very American-focused. Still no Jan Svankmajer, for example.

To tell the truth, I haven't read that much Kael, but yes, a towering influence.

I checked out Glenn Erickson – an interesting top ten films of 2009. Cheers.