Some examples of this awfulness resulted (in the summer of 2016) in actress Rose McGowan issuing a gutsy and much-needed response in The Hollywood Reporter to Owen Gleiberman's preachy critique about Renee Zellweger's face and her film Bridget Jones's Baby. Her face! What? Wait, no seriously, what? Her face? If you missed it last year, just click here to read McGowan's response. Or you might've also seen Noah Berlatsky's sadistic reveling in the mutilation of female actresses -- not just characters, but actresses -- in the guise of a critique of Blake Lively's recent film The Shallows. If you're interested, you can search for it off-site as I won't be linking to either Gleiberman's or Berlatsky's utterly heinous articles from this sacred space. So, with that said, here are a few female film/TV critics and journalists as well as groups you might like to follow who are based both in and outside of the U.S. If you're on Twitter, you can check my list of women film critics and journalists to see what they're discussing, too.
Curator, programmer, and critic based in Mumbai, India. Shedde is also South Asia Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai Film Festivals.
Film critic for the New York Times and a much-referenced name for some of us who think, talk, and write about women in film. Dargis is the critic who introduced the idea of a "DuVernay Test" similar to the Bechdel Test (which gauges women's roles in film) to measure whether or not racial and ethnic minority characters are fully developed and not there simply to support the story of white characters.
Film critic at The Cinephiliac and based in Atlanta, Georgia. Quatoyiah focuses on film across genres while injecting a socially-conscious perspective. She's also Assistant Editorial Manager at Turner Classic Movies.
Film critic based in Madrid, writes in Spanish. Begoña writes articles and conducts interviews for the Spanish newspaper Diario Público.
Film and music journalist for Metro UK, writing articles and doing interviews.
Blogger and Cinema In Noir podcast co-host, Candice runs the very active Reel Talk Online blog.
Film critic for the New York Times' "Watching" and based in New York.
Bitch Flicks provides some of the best criticism and reflective pieces on film from a feminist perspective around and hosts Tuesday chats on Twitter.
Groups to follow
This group was created to give voice and exposure to more female film critics. The group hosts a Thursday #femcritcircle chat on Twitter and is generally an excellent place to discuss films, reflect on mainstream film criticism, and network with others.
Hashtags: #womenwatch #ladycritics
Twitter chat on Thursdays: #femcritcircle
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
This group is very active on Twitter, like the above group, and shares stories about African Americans in the film industry, popular culture news, information on film history, award winners and much more. The AAFCA was established in 2003.