Who We Are

The National Society of Film Critics counts among its members many of the country’s leading film critics. Its purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.

Founded in l966, the Society differs from other critical associations in a number of significant ways. In the first place, it is truly national. Its 61 members include critics from major papers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Its members also include the critics not just of Time, Newsweek, and The New Yorker, but also of The Village Voice, The Boston Phoenix, and Salon.com. Second, membership is by election.

The Society represents movie criticism in the United States by supplying the official critic delegate to the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and abroad as the official American representative to FIPRESCI, the international federation of members of the film press.

Besides responding to specific issues, such as colorization, film preservation, or the ratings system, the Society regularly meets early in January to vote on the Society’s awards for the finest film achievements of the year.

The Society’s latest anthology, published in 2008, is The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. Prior to that The X List: The National Society of Film Critics’ Guide to the Movies That Turn Us On was published as a follow up to The A List: 100 Essential Films (2002). In the 1990’s, the Society published Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You’ve Never Seen (1990); Foreign Affairs, its counterpart for foreign films (1991); Love and Hisses, a guide to the most controversial films and issues (1992); They Went Thataway: Redefining Film Genres (1993); and Flesh and Blood (1995). Earlier, the Society published six volumes of annual reviews, as well as The National Society of Film Critics on Movie Comedy (l977) and The National Society of Film Critics on the Movie Star (1981). The group can genuinely be said to represent the best of contemporary American film criticism.

The group’s currently active members are:

Chair: David Sterritt
Executive Director: Elisabeth Weis

SAM ADAMS (Criticwire, The Dissolve)
JOHN ANDERSON (Newsday, Variety, Wall St. Journal)
MELISSA ANDERSON (Artforum)
DAVID ANSEN (freelance)
SHEILA BENSON (Critic Quality Feed, Seattle Weekly)
*JAMI BERNARD
RICHARD BRODY (The New Yorker)
TY BURR (Boston Globe)
JUSTIN CHANG (Variety)
GODFREY CHESHIRE (RogerEbert.com)
*MIKE CLARK (Home Media Magazine)
RICHARD CORLISS (Time)
*DAVID DENBY (The New Yorker)
MORRIS DICKSTEIN (Dissent)
DAVID EDELSTEIN (New York Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR)
STEVE ERICKSON (L.A. Magazine)
SCOTT FOUNDAS (Variety)
OWEN GLEIBERMAN (bbc culture.com)
*MOLLY HASKELL (Town & Country)
*J. HOBERMAN
RICHARD T. JAMESON (Straight Shooting/Queen Anne News)
*DAVE KEHR
BEN KENIGSBERG
LISA KENNEDY (Denver Post)
PETER KEOUGH (The Boston Globe)
STUART KLAWANS (The Nation)
ANDY KLEIN (L.A. Times Community Papers, KPCC-FM)
*NATHAN LEE (Film Comment)
EMANUEL LEVY (Financial Times, EmanuelLevy.com)
DENNIS LIM (freelance, NY Film Festival)
TODD McCARTHY (Hollywood Reporter)
JOE MORGENSTERN (Wall Street Journal)
WESLEY MORRIS (Grantland)
ROB NELSON (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
GERALD PEARY (The Arts Fuse)
JOHN POWERS (Vogue, NPR)
PETER RAINER (Christian Science Monitor, NPR, KCET-TV)
NICOLAS RAPOLD (L Magazine)
STEVEN REA (Philadelphia Inquirer)
ELEANOR RINGEL (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
*JONATHAN ROSENBAUM (jonathanrosenbaum.com)
RICHARD SCHICKEL (Truthdig)
LISA SCHWARZBAUM (TV Guide)
HENRY SHEEHAN (KPCC-FM, CriticsAGoGo.com)
MICHAL SICINSKI (L Magazine)
MICHAEL SRAGOW
*CHUCK STEPHENS (Film Comment)
DAVID STERRITT (Tikkun)
AMY TAUBIN (Film Comment)
CHARLES TAYLOR (The Yale Review)
ELLA TAYLOR (NPR.org)
PETER TRAVERS (Rolling Stone)
KENNETH TURAN (L.A. Times)
JAMES VERNIERE (The Boston Herald)
MICHAEL WILMINGTON (Movie City News)
WILLIAM WOLF (Wolfentertainmentguide.com)
STEPHANIE ZACHAREK (The Village Voice)

*non-voting member