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Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
Born (1949-08-12) August 12, 1949
New York City
Education University of Rochester, 1970
Occupation Journalist
Employer The New York Times
Known for Film and literary criticism

Jon Landau

Benjamin Cheever, current
Children 2

Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times.[1][2] She served as the Times' film critic from 1977 to 1999.[3]


Maslin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1970, with a B.A. degree and a major in mathematics.[4] She began her career as a rock music critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone.

Maslin was the long-time film critic for The New York Times, serving from 1977 to 1999. Her film criticism career, including her embrace of American independent cinema, is discussed in the 2009 documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism. In the film Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum recalls the excitement of having a woman as the lead reviewer at The New York Times.

Maslin reviews books for The New York Times.[5] Among the most well-known of her reviews is the 2011 essay on the widowed Joyce Carol Oates' memoir, A Widow's Story, which was widely discussed.[6]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Sean Elder, "Maslin Bails, Critics Rail", Salon, September 23, 1999, accessed December 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Interview with Janet Maslin
  5. ^ "Book Reviews by Janet Maslin", New York Times website
  6. ^ "Unethical, Immoral. Crude and Cruel and Unconscionable" Crossing the Border February 14, 2011. Crossingtheborder

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