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Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth (born 10 July 1980) is an American film critic, author,[1] and journalist[2] based in Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of the film culture blog Cinematical[3][4] and formerly edited both Cinematical and the film blog SpoutBlog[5] and, while living in New York, was heard regularly on the Public Radio International show The Takeaway.[6] From 2010-2012, she was the Film Editor and lead critic at LA Weekly.[5][7]

Longworth has contributed to numerous magazines, including New York Magazine, Filmmaker,[8] TimeOut New York, Cineaste,[3] and Las Vegas Weekly,[9] as well as the online publications Slate,[10] indieWIRE,[11] The Daily Beast,[5] The Huffington Post,[12] The Village Voice, and Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men blog.


  • 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from San Francisco Art Institute
  • 2005 Masters of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University[5]


  • Jan 2005 – Mar 2007: regular contributor to the film blog
  • Mar 2005 – Feb 2006: editor in chief of (Cinematical was bought by AOL in October 2006)
  • Oct 2006 – Jun 2007: worked at AOL after the takeover of Cinematical
  • Mar 2007 – Oct 2008: columnist at
  • Feb 2009 – Dec 2009: weekly contributor on the national public radio show The Takeaway
  • Jun 2007 – Oct 2009: editor of the daily film culture blog SpoutBlog at (now owned by indieWIRE)
  • Jan 2010 – January 2013: film critic and editor at LA Weekly
  • January 2013 – present: freelance writer, author and researcher; Adjunct faculty at Chapman University

Internet film criticism vs print film criticism

When she was still a web critic for SpoutBlog, Longworth appeared in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism,[13] explaining the virtues of blogging – for creating a back-and-forth dialogue with readers. About blogging she went on to say, "I have a Master’s Degree in Film Studies, but I’m no more qualified to blog than a high school student in Vermont." No more qualified she may be, but as to influence, the New York Times has called Longworth, "freakishly smart"[14] and Variety said, "... it's the ever-proliferating bloggers – Spout, Cinematical, Movie City News and Hollywood Elsewhere – that have become the instant barometers for how a film plays."[15]

Online film critics are considered by some to be the next wave of film criticism. In 2007 Variety said, "As the pool of well-paid print critics shrinks in size, the next generation of film fans may come to trust critic/bloggers like ... Spout’s Karina Longworth, who helped to create the major film blog Cinematical"[16] The New York Times has commented, "Are print critics really so all-important and sacrosanct with the Web full of debates about all manner of film in places like, and"[17]


  • 2014 "Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor", Phaidon Press, ISBN 0714866695
  • 2013 Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor, Phaidon Press, ISBN 0714866644
  • 2012 Masters of Cinema: George Lucas, Phaidon Press, ISBN 2866429044
  • 2009 The Portable SpoutBlog: Rants, reviews and reports from the film blog edited by Karina Longworth, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 1448695716


  1. ^ The Portable SpoutBlog: Rants, reviews and reports from the film blog edited by Karina Longworth (2009). Publisher: CreateSpace. ISBN 1-4486-9571-6
  2. ^ Is Karina Longworth a film journalist? The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13th, 2009
  3. ^ a b Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet: A Critical Symposium Cineaste, Vol.XXXIII No.4 2008
  4. ^ The Rocchi Review – With Karina Longworth of SpoutBlog!, 22 March 2008
  5. ^ a b c d LA Weekly adds film editor, reporter LA Observed, December 23, 2009
  6. ^ Karina Longworth Film Contributor The Takeaway, November 25, 2009
  7. ^ Scott Simon of National Public Radio interviews Karina Longworth, Film Editor at LA Weekly, January 29, 2011
  8. ^ Filmmaker year in review: Karina Longworth FilmMaker Magazine, December 22nd, 2008
  9. ^ Karina Longworth at Las Vegas Weekly
  10. ^ The Movie Club, Slate, January 3, 2011
  11. ^ Karina Longworth at indieWIRE
  12. ^ Karina Longworth bio the Huffington Post
  13. ^ For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Acting Credits The New York Times, March 5, 2011
  14. ^ The Carpetbagger The Awards Season Blog of the New York Times, 13 January 2009
  15. ^ Blogosphere taps festival buzz, Variety, 25 January 2008
  16. ^ Indie films crave great reviews, Variety, June 21, 2007
  17. ^ Now on the Endangered Species List: Movie Critics in Print, New York Times, April 1, 2008

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