Who is the most influential movie critic of the last two decades?
Who is the most influential movie critic of the last two decades? — Mike Mandato
Are you trying to start a bar brawl? Okay, I’ll put down my pool cue, fudge the time frame, and adjust the spotlight to beam squarely on homegrown American talent: 78-year-old Andrew Sarris, still writing and teaching in New York, championed the 1950s French-bred notion of the director as auteur and most influenced how a lot of serious cinephiles think. Writing in The New Yorker, the lively Pauline Kael, who died in 2001, most influenced (and continues to influence) the prevailing style of movie criticism today. But the guy who has most influenced what moviegoers actually see is surely Roger Ebert. And the thumb-driven vote he first began delivering on TV decades ago with his late cohost Gene Siskel is the best-known but least of the guy’s powers. With his open-minded tastes, his erudition, and his inviting style, Ebert is a powerful force for cinematic literacy, leaving no ticket buyer behind.
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