Janet Maslin

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] She served as a Times film critic from 1977 to 1999 and a book critic from 2000 to 2015.[2][3]

Janet Maslin
Born (1949-08-12) August 12, 1949
New York City, New York, United States
EducationUniversity of Rochester, 1970
Years active1970–present
EmployerThe New York Times
Known forFilm and literary criticism
Spouse(s)Jon Landau
Benjamin Cheever, current


Maslin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in mathematics.[4] She began her career as a rock music critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone.

Maslin was the longtime 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.[5] 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.[6][7]


  1. Maslin, Janet (December 17, 2012). "Janet Maslin's 10 Favorite Books of 2012". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. C35. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. Elder, Sean (September 23, 1999). "Maslin Bails, Critics Rail". Salon. Archived from the original on 31 July 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
  3. Barr, Jeremy (19 May 2015). "Times book critic Janet Maslin shifts into contributing role". Politico. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. Aradillas, Aaron. "She's something else. Janet Maslin in a rockcritics.com interview". Rock Critics Archives. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. "Book Reviews by Janet Maslin". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. Weinstein, Deb (February 14, 2011). "Janet Maslin vs. Joyce Carol Oates's 'Widow's Story'". Thewire.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  7. "Unethical, Immoral. Crude and Cruel and Unconscionable". Crossing the Border. February 14, 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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