Pauline Kael

American film critic

Pauline Kael (/kl/; June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American movie critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Earlier in her career, her work appeared in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic.

Pauline Kael (1968)

Kael was known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused"[1] reviews. Legendary critic Roger Ebert said that Kael "had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades".[2]

Kael was born in Petaluma, California. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Kael died in Great Barrington, Massachusetts from Parkinson's disease at the age of 82.[3]


  1. "Pauline Kael". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on 2006-06-21. Retrieved 2006-09-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  3. Van Gelder, Lawrence (2001-09-04). "Pauline Kael, Provocative and Widely Imitated New Yorker Film Critic, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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