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Who are some of your favorite critics?

This has probably been discussed before, but who are some of your favorite critics?

Some of mine are:

Richard Roeper

Roger Ebert (I became a fan after his review of "Full Metal Jacket")

A.O. Scott (I didn't like "Atonement" either)

Michael Phillips (I disagree with some of his negative reviews, but he's got good points to back up his reason for not liking a movie)

Brian Orndorf (became a big fan after, http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=31611)
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Roger Ebert (has some of the best write ups ever - if you think he's just some run-of-the-mill mainstream critic, hop on over to rogerebert.com and enjoy som great reviews).

Dave White from movies.com - his reviews may be short but he's brutally honest and his style of humor actually adds depth to his reviews.
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Roger Ebert - definitely my favorite, and never comes off as having his head up his ass (too much, he's hard on some comedies I've enjoyed), as I generally feel that most critics fall into (sadly)

Richard Roeper - he's hard on family fare sometimes, but overall not bad. didn't like him much at first.

Owen Gleiberman - pretty solid reviewer for EW

the only one I try to read regularly is Ebert, a shame about his medical problems.
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Another vote for Ebert, despite the shit he gets from online fanboys I find him one of the most readable and insightful critics -- it's a good sign when he gets me interested in movies I had no intention of seeing.

And can't believe nobody has mentioned Pauline Kael - she's very old-school of course, but check out one of her books sometime, she was passionate as heck and a great writer.
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Ebert is the archetype for what one would hope all critics would aspire to...

his books on movies from the past get many people new to cinema into some very good films...
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Brian Orndorf after he took a dump on Under the Same Moon.
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With the internet and cell phones who needs movie critics?
Like who needs to read a sports writer's comments when you have sports talk radio and internet. Anything print is now useless and yes including porn magazines!
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A moment of silence for Gene Siskel... (RIP)

I can't believe his pale successor Roeper gets mentions but he gets none. Anyone remember 'Siskel & Ebert'? Go to http://atthemoviestv.com , watch some of the reviews prior to 1999 and tell me Ebert & Roeper isn't a pale shadow of Siskel & Ebert.

Anyway...

I think Ebert has tremendous value as a film historian & cinephile (based on his extremely insightful audio commentaries), but his critical opinions are disposable to me for the most part. I much prefer to read sites like Efilmcritic.com because they obviously have a better appreciation of less mainstream cinema. Ebert has a condescending attitude towards cult classics but he gives Gothika a thumb up.
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I like Roeper more than I ever did Siskel.

and yeah, Ebert hates anything not mainstream. *sarcasm*
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Filthy Critic i love for his complete un-PC ways. My most regular read critic.
http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/

Neil Cumpston as well mentioned from AICN. Loved his towering and majestic ROTK review
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=16641
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For a while, I watched a movie and then checked a lot of critics who had similar responses to mine, or who offered interesting insights that I'd missed. The two critics I liked best were Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli.

I love reading Ebert's Greatest Movies pages.
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Ebert, definitely. I'm really liking Brian Orndorf lately. Very intelligent reviews without snobbery. Hilarious, too. I think reviewers really show their stuff when they pan a film; those two pan with the most panache.
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i'm a big fan of rottentomatoes. anything over a 65% I usually see.
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Originally Posted by Hank Ringworm
Ebert, definitely. I'm really liking Brian Orndorf lately. Very intelligent reviews without snobbery. Hilarious, too. I think reviewers really show their stuff when they pan a film; those two pan with the most panache.

Totally agree.
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The Holy Trinity of Pretensious Film Snob Critics(and I love them):
James Agee
David Edelstein
Pauline Kael


Also a fan of:
Dave Kehr
Andrew Sarris
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Generally, I'll read new movie reviews in the NY Times, of which Tony Scott's reviews are the best written. It is always a struggle reading one of Dargis' horrible reviews and Stephen Holden falls somewhere in between both of them.

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I like J. Hoberman and David Denby a bit. Rosenbaum's retired from active reviewing, which was a big loss. I also like A.O. Scott, Amy Taubin, Dave Kehr, Kent Jones, and pretty much anyone who writes for Film Comment
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I don't pay attention to any critics. RottenTomatoes is enough for me.
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I really enjoy reading Nancy Franklin's television column in The New Yorker. Even though I rarely have any interest in the programs she reviews, the column itself is great - she has a very sharp sense of humor, and I often find myself laughing out loud at her observations. Anyone who can use "consarn it" as an expletive is tops in my book. Time Out uses a variety of critics, but they always seem to be able to get to the crux of a film in a few short, succinct sentences. Their precise synopsis rival The New Yorker's.

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Though I may not always agree with him, I usually enjoy hearing Robert Wilonsky's take on movies. He'll usually show up on some of trailer shows on HDNet as well and always seems just as engaging in front of the camera as he is behind the keyboard. I guess it's his snarky and sarcastic way of writing that I really enjoy the most.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I don't pay attention to any critics. RottenTomatoes is enough for me.
Same here. I also listen to filmcast and filmspotting podcasts. When I'm at college we get New York Times for free, so I'll read the reviews in that sometime.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I don't pay attention to any critics. RottenTomatoes is enough for me.
Agreed. I tend to go for the general consensus instead of one particular movie reviewer because I'm sure that I'll never find one single critic that will think exactly how I feel about every movie. So if Rotten Tomatos or DVD Talk polls give a general to the movie I'll be more likely to see it.

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