Movie critic Owen Gleiberman, who had been Entertainment Weekly‘s movie critic since the magazine’s launch in 1990, was among seven staff writers who lost their positions earlier today, according to Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon. His former colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum, who joined the staff in 1991, took a buyout last February. That leaves Chris Nashawaty, who was moved to film critic last August.
Gleiberman declined a request for comment.
Entertainment Weekly recently announced it would be expanding its “Community” vertical, recruiting bloggers through social media and journalism schools and paying them in, among other things, “prestige.”
In addition to his reviews, Gleiberman wrote an account for the magazine in January about Armond White’s expulsion from the New York Film Critics’ Circle. Before EW, he wrote for the Boston Phoenix from 1981-1989.
Shame about @OwenGleiberman, one of the best prose stylists around. But even in this ugly game of musical chairs, I know he’ll find a seat.
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) April 3, 2014
I’ve been reading @OwenGleiberman at EW more or less my entire life. I’ve aspired to his way with words since I got into this business.
— AADowd (@AADowd) April 3, 2014
— Chris Willman (@ChrisWillman) April 3, 2014
EW is doing a good job of making me not want to read EW: http://t.co/x3mMvKPx3q
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) April 2, 2014
I rarely even agree with Owen Gleiberman’s reviews. That’s not the point. I know he’s A) honest, and B) knowledgeable. Those things matter.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) April 3, 2014
Owen Gleiberman IS Entertainment Weekly. HUGE loss. http://t.co/PQf4JAzpUp
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) April 3, 2014
When I interned at EW, Owen Gleiberman gave me tons of great advice on movie writing. Sucks to hear they let him go.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 2, 2014
No Gleiberman at @EW? Really?
— Keith Phipps (@kphipps3000) April 2, 2014
— Mary Pols (@MaryPols) April 3, 2014
You, @OwenGleiberman, are a class act and an astute critic. You did the profession proud at EW and will do the same at the next gig.
— David Fear (@davidlfear) April 3, 2014
— Ty Burr (@tyburr) April 3, 2014
The truth of being a vet film critic is that you get punished for your salary. But EW is making a mistake letting go of @OwenGleiberman.
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) April 3, 2014
Toughest day in my 20 years at EW. @OwenGleiberman has not only been my favorite film critic, but I’ve been lucky to call him a friend.
— chris nashawaty (@ChrisNashawaty) April 3, 2014
Roger Ebert was the critic I read most growing up. But @OwenGleiberman was the only other one I trusted. Such a sad day for film criticism.
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) April 3, 2014
But seriously: @OwenGleiberman is an old friend and respected colleague and I’ve got his back as he’s always had mine. Bless him.
— Glenn Kenny (@Glenn__Kenny) April 3, 2014
My idea of an exemplary critic is @OwenGleiberman — a writer & colleague I cherish. Working with him was one of the joys of my time there.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) April 3, 2014
Sad & pissed to hear about @OwenGleiberman getting laid off from EW, a mag that seems to be amping up to exploit a bunch of young bloggers.
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 3, 2014