The 25 Best Movie Critics of All Time

16. Dilys Powell

Publications: The Sunday Times, Punch

Check those publication names above—far cries from the worldwide notoriety of periodicals like The New York Times, right? That's why the late Elizabeth Dilys Powell (who dropped her first name when writing) isn't frequently referenced when people discuss their favorite movie critics.

She worked in a vacuum of sorts, and her self-aware, pithy style of writing wasn't universally acknowledged until after her death in 1995. The source of her posthumous respect: cinephiles acquainting themselves with her sprawling, though now hard to find, book The Golden Screen: Fifty Years of Films.

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