Noted Film Critic Judith Crist Dies at 90

Judith Crist had a rich career as a film critic. Older readers may recall Crist from her days as a Today Show contributor from 1964 to 1973. Others know Crist for her many years dishing out the best and worst at the movies for TV Guide.

Crist died today after a long illness. She was 90.

Crist’s work was featured in numerous publications throughout the decades. The Bronx native attended Morris High School, and began to carve out her career at Hunter College. Subsequently, she was named to the school’s Hall of Fame. Columbia University’s School of Journalism followed, where she got her Master’s degree and had been an adjunct professor since 1958.

Immediately after school, Crist worked for the New York Herald-Tribune. During her 22-year-run, Crist was the “point person” for all things arts and entertainment, including her first job as a film critic.

That led to another 22-year stint, this time at TV Guide.

Crist was the founding film critic for New York magazine, and served as film critic for the New York Post. She also worked on many weekly and monthly publications. She even returned to TV, providing film reviews on WOR/Channel 9.

Crist’s articles have appeared in such magazines as Ladies Home Journal and Gourmet. The accomplished writer also penned three books about film, The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl, and Judith Crist’s TV Guide to the Movies.

For all her talking and writing about movies, she appeared in one motion picture, Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories in 1980.

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