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Patricia Aufderheide <[log in to unmask]>
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Interesting question! For what it's worth, I got my first (and critical) 
job as a film critic, at the college paper at the age of 17, because I was 
best friends with the wife of the editor, at a moment when the regular 
film critic didn't show up. 
Some of the film critics I've worked with from major papers got their jobs 
by graduating from doing the TV listings or obits or something else like 
that at the newspapers. 
Some critics I've known have wanted to get into the business, and 
eventually did, often as scriptwriters. 
When I stopped doing regular criticism, after around 20 years of doing it 
for newspapers (Mn Daily, In These Times) and magazines (American Film) 
and for a host of free papers, magazines and journals, I was being paid 
the same or less than I was paid starting out ($25 a review) and there was 
a never ending supply of newbies with as little knowledge of film or film 
history as I had starting out, coming up and eager to write.

Pat Aufderheide, Professor and Director 
Center for Social Media, School of Communication
American University 
3201 New Mexico Av. NW, #330
Washington, DC 20016-8080
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[SCREEN-L] film critics

The announcement today that "Ebert and Roeper" were going off the air came 
at one of those serendipitous times for me, as I've been thinking a lot 
about film critics--who they are, where they come from, how (or if) they 
are trained or schooled. 

I was wondering if those of you on the list would be interested in sharing 
your list of the top film critics/reviewers (not scholars), past and 

Lou Ann Thompson, Ph.D,
Professor of English
Texas Woman's University

"One Law for the Lion and the Ox is Oppression."--William Blake

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do 
nothing."--Attributed to 
Edmund Burke 

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