Editor: Phillip Lopate; Publisher: Library of America, Paperback 784 Pages, ISBN-10: 1598530224
American Movie Critics is a compilation of some of the best and most entertaining examples in American film criticism. By presenting the original reviews, Lopate simultaneously highlights the art of film criticism, the history of American film making and the changing nature of American popular culture. Lopate’s presentation and organization of the essays in a roughly chronological organization by author and film provides an interesting historical journey through American film criticism, which can also be easily used as a reference book. In this regard, the anthology offers both film students and the casual reader a historically valuable and interesting collection of critical essays (Klaus Ming December 2009).