Janet Maslin
Janet Maslin is an American
United States
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, best known as a film and literary critic
Literary criticism
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 for The New York Times
The New York Times
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. She served as the Times' film critic from 1977–1999.


Maslin graduated from the University of Rochester
University of Rochester
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 in 1970, with a B.A.
Bachelor of Arts
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 degree and a major in mathematics
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. She began her career as a rock music
Rock music
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 critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone
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Maslin was the long-time film critic for The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851. The New York Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any news organization...

, serving from 1977–1999. 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
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism is a 2009 documentary film dramatizing a hundred years of American film criticism through film clips, historic photographs, and on-camera interviews with many of today’s important reviewers, mostly print but also Internet...

. In the film Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by the Time division of Time Warner, that covers film, television, music, broadway theatre, books and popular culture...

critic Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lisa Schwarzbaum is an American film critic. She joined Entertainment Weekly as film critic in the 1990s. She has been featured on CNN, co-host on Siskel & Ebert At the Movies as well as a cultural, theater and television reviewer....

 recalls the excitement of having a woman as the lead reviewer at The New York Times.

Maslin currently reviews books for The New York Times.

Personal life

She was once married to record producer
Record producer
A record producer is an individual working within the music industry, whose job is to oversee and manage the recording of an artist's music...

 Jon Landau
Jon Landau
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. She is now married to writer Benjamin Cheever
Benjamin Cheever
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, and lives with their two sons in Pleasantville, New York
Pleasantville, New York
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, where she serves as president of the board of the Jacob Burns Film Center
Jacob Burns film center
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External links

  • "Janet Maslin" at Rotten Tomatoes
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     – Includes links to full texts of reviews by Janet Maslin.


  • Dick Gordon. Interview with Janet Maslin. The Connection. Broadcast on WBUR
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    ), February 10, 2000. Accessed December 21, 2007. (RealAudio
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  • Rockcritics.com interview – May 2005
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