Anthony Oliver Scott

Film Critic

The New York Times

Anthony Oliver Scott is a journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times. Scott began his career at The New York Review of Books, where he served as an assistant to Robert B. Silvers.He then served as book critic for Newsday, and also as a contributor to The New York Review of Books and Slate magazine. He joined The New York Times' Arts section in January 2000, following Janet Maslin's retirement from film criticism. In 2004 he became chief critic, following Elvis Mitchell's resignation. He and the other film critics at the Times host a video podcast on the subject of film, called Critics' Picks. Scott is particularly fond of the work of Mary McCarthy, calling her novel The Group one of the greatest of the 20th century. He contributed a foreword to her collection A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays.