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The New York Times seeks a movie critic

May 1, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The New York Times is seeking a multifaceted critic with a deep knowledge of movies who can connect themes and issues on screen to what’s happening in society. You should be a dynamic, online-first writer who understands the dual nature of criticism today: Through weekly reviews, you serve as a guide for readers faced with overwhelming entertainment choices. And through short news-related notebooks and longer essays on trends and developments, you’re a leading voice in fast-moving cultural conversations. In addition to engaging with readers, you should also be game to experiment with service journalism and new story formats, and enjoy collaborating with a large team of fellow writers and editors across all disciplines and in other areas of the newsroom.



  • Write a minimum of 2 weekly reviews, often more, on deadline. While many films can be viewed via links, some studios hold in-person-only screenings.
  • Write 1 or more monthly essays, notebooks, appraisals and other features, often based on the news and requiring a quick turnaround.
  • Write regular service journalism
  • Work with visual journalists to develop new, multimedia critical coverage of film.
  • During awards season, take part in conversations and other coverage efforts as needed.
  • Participate in audio storytelling and off-platform social media efforts.
  • Adhere to Times standards, including stringent conflict-of-interest rules.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years in journalism, including experience working as a film critic on deadline.
  • Knowledge of contemporary Hollywood, global cinema traditions and film history.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to cover everything from studio blockbusters to tiny indies and international features.
  • A lively, accessible writing style
  • A passion for the mission and values of The Times.

Salary: The annual base pay range for this role is between $115,506.56 and $150,000.00.

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