Pauline Kael (Journalist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Kael was known for her “witty, biting, highly opinionated and sharply focused” reviews, her opinions often contrary to those of her contemporaries. She was one of the most influential American film critics of her era. She left a lasting impression on several prominent film critics. Roger Ebert argued in an obituary that Kael “had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades.” Kael, he said, “had no theory, no rules, no guidelines, no objective standards. You couldn’t apply her ‘approach’ to a film. With her it was all personal.” Owen Gleiberman said she “was more than a great critic. She reinvented the form, and pioneered an entire aesthetic of writing.”

Born: June 19, 1919, Petaluma, California, U.S.
Died: September 3, 2001, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation: Film critic
Alma mater: University of California, Berkeley
Period: 1951–1991
IMDb: Pauline Kael’s IMDb

About Pauline Kael

Feisty film critic for New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.

Before Fame

She attended UC Berkeley to study philosophy, literature, and art.


She has been called the Elvis and the Beatles of film criticism.

Family Life

Her parents were named Judith and Isaac.


She has been called a great critic by Woody Allen .

Information related to Pauline Kael

  • Pauline Kael Archives , a collection of articles and commentary about Kael
  • “ The Pearls of Pauline ” in Brights Lights Film Journal
  • Interview magazine q&a Pauline Kael interviewed by Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill
  • Pauline Kael’s Legacy Built By Straying From Herd-NPR article
  • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael on IMDb
  • What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael official site

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Latest information about Pauline Kael updated on September 02, 2020.

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