Kevin Thomas (film critic)

Kevin B. Thomas (born 1936) is an American film critic. He began writing film reviews for the Los Angeles Times in 1962, and served in that role until 2005. His long tenure made him the longest-running film critic among major United States newspapers.[1]

Kevin Thomas
Kevin B. Thomas

1936 (age 82–83)
United States
Alma materGettysburg College
Pennsylvania State University
OccupationFilm critic, writer

Thomas was known for giving fairly positive reviews compared to other critics, and certainly less critical than Kenneth Turan, who joined the Los Angeles Times in 1991.[2][3][4]

In 2003, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association gave Thomas a Lifetime Achievement Award.[5]

Thomas also holds an honorary position on the Advisory Board of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and its Dorian Awards. [6]

Thomas was born in Los Angeles in 1936. He earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in 1958 and master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1960.[1][7]


  1. Interview with Kevin Thomas, Alternative Projections – Los Angeles Filmforum, Retrieved October 21, 2013
  2. Anderson, John and Laura Kim. I Wake Up Screening: What To Do Once You've Made That Movie, p. 195 (2006) (ISBN 2854188535) (Thomas "can also be very generous to filmmakers")
  3. Berlin, Joey (June 4, 2001). For Studios, Junkets Are Just Cost-Effective, Los Angeles Times ("I did chuckle, however, at the juxtaposition of Rosenberg's smug "expose" and Kevin Thomas' rave review of "Pearl Harbor."")
  4. von Busack, Richard (July 19, 2006). "Critical Masses – Upon reading the 1,000,000th 'the critic is dead' posting in a blog". Metro Silicon Valley. Even 30 years ago, he was known as "the Will Rogers of film criticism"β€”he never saw a movie he didn't like.
  5. "Pioneering Film Critic Kevin Thomas to be Recognized by Lesbian & Gay Journalists at National Convention". HighBeam Research. July 10, 2003. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013.
  6. "Members". GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics: Home of The Dorian Awards. Retrieved Oct. 5, 2019
  7. "Gettysburg College Honors Three Distinguished Alumni". May 20, 2000.

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