Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966), known professionally as A.
O. Scott, is an American journalist and film critic. Along with
Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 External links
Scott was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. Both of his parents
were professors. His mother, Joan Wallach Scott, is the Harold F.
Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the Institute for
Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His father, Donald Scott,
is a professor of American history at The City University of New
York (CUNY). He is a great nephew of the married acting couple
Eli Wallach and
Anne Jackson (his maternal grandfather was Eli's
brother). Scott is Jewish through his mother's side. Scott
attended public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, including
Classical High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard
in 1988 with a degree in literature.
Scott began his career at The New York Review of Books, where he
served as an assistant to Robert B. Silvers. He then served as
book critic for Newsday, and also as a contributor to The New York
Review of Books and Slate magazine.
He joined The New York Times' Arts section in January 2000,
following Janet Maslin's retirement from film criticism. (Maslin
continues to review genre fiction for the paper.) In 2004 he became
chief critic, following Elvis Mitchell's resignation. He and the other
film critics at the Times host a video podcast on the subject of film,
called Critics' Picks.
In 2006 and 2007, Scott served repeatedly as guest critic on Ebert
& Roeper with
Richard Roeper in Roger Ebert's absence due to
illness. He and Roeper counted down their selections for the top ten
films of 2006 and again for 2007. Although Scott did not appear on the
show for most of 2008, he continued to release his own list through
The New York Times. On October 24, 2009, Scott began
counting down his "Best of the Decade" list on At the Movies.
On August 5, 2009, it was announced that Scott, along with
Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips, would take over hosting
duties on At the Movies from
Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, who would
no longer be involved in the show. Scott and Phillips began their
duties when the show started its new season on
September 5, 2009, but ratings were low and the show aired
for only one season.
He has a son named Ezra and a daughter named Carmen.
^ "A. O. Scott". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
^ The School of Social Science Archived December 18, 2007, at the
^ Emmis Communications (March 2000). The Alcalde. Emmis
Communications. pp. 28–. ISSN 1535-993X. Retrieved May 28,
^ Scott, A. O. (October 4, 2009). "Jewish History, Popcorn Included".
Retrieved May 28, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
^ "The Amazing Human Launching Pads". "Who Runs New York", New York
magazine, September 26, 2010
^ "Movie Reviews". NYTimes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
^ Phil Rosenthal (August 5, 2009). "Chicago Tribune's Michael
Phillips, N.Y. Times'
A. O. Scott
A. O. Scott take over 'At the Movies'". Chicago
Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
Media related to
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A. O. Scott: New York Times movie reviews
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