Top Film Journalists

Top Film Journalists

Which movie muckrakers have been able to get their story straight over the last few years?

That’s a tough question – especially if you don’t have a list of high-profile reporters in the film industry to count on.

For that reason, and many unstated obvious ones, we have curated an exclusive list of Top Film Journalists whose work has shone brilliantly across Hollywood – and that too without getting them under the sheets with their subjects!

Selecting the Top Film Journalists

The film industry is rife with all sorts of information. Of course, not all of it is relevant because it takes a film reporter to have the best contacts, and that “tad bit” of insider knowledge to determine whether the news is hot enough for the take.

Besides having a knack for writing with wit and conviction, film journalists need to hold their own through a longstanding track record of studying classics at King’s College, or reporting on the golden era of movies; the likes of which we probably won’t be seeing anytime soon.

Our list of top journalists highlights individuals who have been known for their work; it’s the reporters that local news media outlets, internet platforms, and international news channels can count on anytime. From biopics to thrillers, to golden day classics, these gentlemen, and ladies have reported on all of it.

Top Film Journalists

1. Geoff Andrew BFI


2. Richard Brody The New Yorker


3. Taffy Brodesser-Akner The New York Times


4. Anne Billson Freelance


5. Adrian Hennigan Haaretz


6. Bilge Ebiri Vulture


7. Claudia Eller Variety


8. Kirsten Acuna Insider


9. Ethan Alter Yahoo Entertainment


10. Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press


11. Joe Berkowitz Fast Company


12. Eliza Berman  TIME


13. Mandi Bierly TV Guide Magazine


14. Hillary Busis Vanity Fair


15. Justin Chang Los Angeles Times


16. Casey Cipriani Bustle


17. Clark Collis Entertainment Weekly


18. Maggie Coughlan Vanity Fair


19. Jake Coyle The Associated Press


20. Kevin Crust Teen Vogue


21. Peter Debruge Variety


22. Jessica Derschowitz Entertainment Weekly


23. Eliana Dockterman TIME


24. Jeremy Egner The New York Times


25. Mat Elfring GameSpot

Geoff Andrew

Programmer-at-Large, Chief Film Critic, BFI


Geoff Andrew

Geoff Andrew is Programmer-at-Large for BFI Southbank and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound. He first worked as a cinema programmer at London’s Electric Cinema in the late 1970s. For many years he was Film Editor of Time Out; he remains the magazine’s Contributing Editor and was Consultant Editor on all editions of the Time Out Film Guide.

Richard Brody

Film Critic, Movies Editor, The New Yorker


Richard Brody

Richard Brody began writing for The New Yorker in 1999 and has contributed articles about the directors François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Wes Anderson. Since 2005, he has been the movie-listings editor at the magazine; he writes film reviews and a blog about movies. He is the author of the book “Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard” and is at work on a book about the lasting influence of the French New Wave.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Staff Writer, The New York Times


Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is an American journalist and author. She has worked freelance and as a contributor for GQ and The New York Times, where she is now a staff writer. Her profiles of celebrities have won her the New York Press Club Award and Mirror Award.

Anne Billson

Freelance Film Journalist


Anne Billson

Anne Billson started her career writing for Time Out and Tatler in the early 1990s, before moving on to be the Film Critic for The Sunday Telegraph until 2001. In 2015, she was named one of the British Film Institute’s ’25 Female Film Critics Worth Celebrating’. Nowadays, she is a freelance film journalist writing for a range of media outlets.

Adrian Hennigan

Film Critic, Haaretz


Adrian Hennigan

Adrian Hennigan is a British film critic. He is best known for his work with the BBC and Popcorn.net as a film reviewer. He currently lives in Israel and writes for Haaretz, serving as the television critic for the paper’s English-language edition.

Bilge Ebiri

Editor, Film Critic, Vulture


Bilge Ebiri

Bilge Ebiri is an American journalist and filmmaker. His first feature film, a comedy thriller entitled New Guy, was released in 2004.

Claudia Eller

Editor-in-Chief, Variety


Claudia Eller

Claudia Eller is Editor-in-Chief of Variety. Claudia is among the best known and most respected journalists in the entertainment community. She came to Variety in 2013 from the Los Angeles Times, where she spent 20 years as a reporter and editor, most recently serving as entertainment news editor.

Kirsten Acuna

Correspondent, Senior Entertainment Editor, Insider


Kirsten Acuna

Kirsten Acuna is a correspondent on Insider’s Entertainment team covering TV, movies, and theme parks. Kirsten has previously written for TV Guide and Time Out New York Kids. She joined Business Insider’s entertainment team in 2012 as a reporter, helping to build the team from two people.

Ethan Alter

Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment


Ethan Alter

Having previously written for Entertainment Weekly, Film Journal International, and Television Without Pity, as well as authoring the book, “Film Firsts.” Ethan Alter currently consumes mass quantities of movies and television for Yahoo Entertainment.

Lindsey Bahr

Film Writer, The Associated Press


Lindsey Bahr

Lindsey Bahr has been a staff film writer and critic for The Associated Press since 2014, where she covers all things Hollywood, from the Oscars to the business of movies and the cultural movements defining our time.

Joe Berkowitz

Opinion Columnist, Fast Company


Joe Berkowitz

Joe Berkowitz is the opinion columnist at Fast Company. He is also the author of American Cheese and Away With Words. He mainly writes about pop culture and political issues, and occasionally writes reported features.

Eliza Berman

Senior Editor, TIME


Eliza Berman is a Senior Editor at TIME.

Mandi Bierly

Senior Editor, TV Guide Magazine


Mandi Bierly

Mandi Bierly is a Senior Editor at TV Guide Magazine. Formerly she worked at Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Entertainment. She got 20-plus years of experience in entertainment journalism.

Hillary Busis

Hollywood Editor, Vanity Fair


Hillary Busis

Hillary Busis is the Hollywood editor at VanityFair.com. Previously, she was an editor at Mashable and at Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Brooklyn, just like everyone else.

Justin Chang

Film Critic, Los Angeles Times


Justin Chang

Justin Choigee Chang is an American film critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He previously worked for Variety.

Casey Cipriani

Entertainment Writer, Bustle


Casey Cipriani

Casey is an entertainment writer at Bustle specializing in film. She covers everything from awards-driven dramas, to important documentaries, to geeky sci-fi, to blockbuster hits, including interviewing actors, directors, and screenwriters. She also occasionally dips her toes into the TV end of things, especially when it comes to Star Trek.

Clark Collis

Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly


Clark Collis

Clark Collis is a senior writer at @EW and author of You’ve Got Red on You: How Shaun of the Dead was Brought to Life.

Maggie Coughlan

Senior Editor, Vanities, Vanity Fair


Maggie Coughlan

Maggie Coughlan is Senior Editor at Vanities. Her writing has been featured on AOL, Apartment Therapy, Bustle, Brides.com, Gilt City, The Fashion Spot, the New York Post, the New York Times, Page Six, Paste, People, Shape, SoulCycle, The Strategist, The Times Union and xoJane.

Jake Coyle

Film Writer and Critic, The Associated Press


Jake Coyle

Jake Coyle is the film writer and critic for The Associated Press.

Kevin Crust

Deputy Film Editor, Los Angeles Times


Kevin Crust

Kevin Crust is the deputy film editor. He previously served as a staff writer, senior researcher and copy editor. A lifelong Southern Californian and a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s, he spends way too much time analyzing baseball statistics.

Peter Debruge

Chief Film Critic, Variety


Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge is Chief Film Critic for Variety, where he has worked since 2005, including a two-year stint in Paris, when he focused on covering the international festival circuit.

Jessica Derschowitz

Digital Features Director, Entertainment Weekly


Jessica Derschowitz

Jessica Derschowitz is EW’s Digital Features Director. She’s based in New York City and you can follow her on Twitter @jessicasara for lots of thoughts on movies, TV, Broadway, running, and other things she likes.

Eliana Dockterman

Staff Writer, TIME


Eliana Dockterman

Eliana Dockterman is a staff writer for TIME in New York City. She writes about culture, society, and gender.

Jeremy Egner

Television Editor, The New York Times


Jeremy Egner

Jeremy Egner is the television editor for The New York Times, overseeing coverage of the medium and the people who make it. He joined The Times in 2008.

Mat Elfring

Entertainment Editor, GameSpot


Mat Elfring

Mat Elfring is GameSpot’s Entertainment Editor, and been with the site since 2015. With 10 years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Mat covers movies, TV shows, streaming services, and more.

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