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Janet Maslin
Born (1949-08-12) August 12, 1949 (age 68)
New York City
Education University of Rochester, 1970
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1970–present
Employer The New York Times
Known for Film and literary criticism
Spouse(s) Jon Landau
Benjamin Cheever, current
Children 2

Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times.[1][2] She served as a Times' film critic from 1977 to 1999 and a book critic from 2000 to 2015.[3][4]


Maslin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1970, with a B.A. degree and a major in mathematics.[5] She began her career as a rock music critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone.

Maslin was the long-time film critic for The New York Times, serving from 1977 to 1999. Her film criticism career, including her embrace of American independent cinema, is discussed in the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009). In the film Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum recalls the excitement of having a woman as the lead reviewer at The New York Times.

Maslin continues to review books for The New York Times.[6] Among the best-known of her reviews is the 2011 essay on the widowed Joyce Carol Oates' memoir, A Widow's Story, which was widely discussed.[7][8]


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Sean Elder, "Maslin Bails, Critics Rail" Archived 2011-07-31 at the Wayback Machine., Salon, September 23, 1999, accessed December 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Barr, Jeremy. "Times book critic Janet Maslin shifts into contributing role". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  5. ^ Interview with Janet Maslin
  6. ^ "Book Reviews by Janet Maslin", The New York Times website
  7. ^ "Janet Maslin vs. Joyce Carol Oates's 'Widow's Story'" The Wire February 14, 2011. TheWire
  8. ^ "Unethical, Immoral. Crude and Cruel and Unconscionable" Crossing the Border February 14, 2011. Crossingtheborder

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