John Simon

Critic
Theater and film critic for various publications in the 1960s who became known as the "critic you love to hate" because of his often vitriolic but always entertaining (and usually intelligent) attacks both on filmmakers ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1925

Filmography

Actor (4)

Understanding Jane 1998 (Movie)

Oz (Actor)

Young Warriors 1983 (Movie)

Arresting Officer (Actor)

A Minor Miracle 1982 (Movie)

Seminarian (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Reporter (TV Show)

Producer
Other (4)

Abra Cadaver 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Biography

Theater and film critic for various publications in the 1960s who became known as the "critic you love to hate" because of his often vitriolic but always entertaining (and usually intelligent) attacks both on filmmakers and on other critics. He is also noted for his frequent hostile verbal attacks on performers' physical characteristics.

While Andrew Sarris championed the auteur/director and Pauline Kael raised the anti-auteur, pro-star, all-American banner in opposition to that foreign theory, Simon castigated both from a broader, older cultural perspective. Their battles were news in the 1960s and 70s and helped to form a new film culture in the US.

Relationships

Patricia Hoag

Wife
married on March 12, 1992 teaches musical theater at Marymount Manhattan College born c. 1950 second wife

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