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About Leonard Maltin

About Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He appears regularly on Reelz Channel and spent 30 years on the hit television
show, Entertainment Tonight.

An established author, he is best known for his annual paperback reference, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. A perennial best-seller, ‘The Guide’ has become an indispensable tool for movie lovers and includes over 16,000 film reviews, with ratings and essential facts about each title. In 2005, he introduced a companion volume, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, which focuses on movies made before 1965, going back to the silent era..

Leonard’s other books include The Best 151 Movies You’ve Never Seen, The Disney Films, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age, The Great Movie Comedians, The Art of the Cinematographer, Selected Short Subjects and (as co-author) The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang.

Leonard has been teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for the last sixteen years. His popular class screens new films prior to their release,  followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. This direct access to top talent has proven to be invaluable in his students’ own filmmaking endeavors.

As an expert, pundit, and host, he is frequently seen on news programs
and documentaries, and has enjoyed a long association with Turner Classic
Movies. He also previews movies-on-demand on Comcast and appears regularly on Turner Classic Movies.  For three years, he co-hosted the weekly syndicated movie review program Hot Ticket which was produced by Entertainment Tonight.

Leonard is a prolific freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, The Village Voice and American Film. He has contributed to Oxford University Press’ American National Biography, and was the film critic for Playboy magazine for six years.

Additionally, Leonard frequently lectures on film and was a member of the faculty of New York City’s New School for Social Research for nine years. He served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art film department in New York on two separate occasions.

Leonard created, hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series and appeared on Warner Home Video’s Night at the Movies features. He has written a number of television specials, including Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic and has hosted, produced and written such video documentaries and compilations as The Making of The Quiet Man, The Making of High Noon, Cartoons for Big Kids, The Lost Stooges, Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star, Cliffhangers: Adventures from the Thrill Factory and Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons.

In 2006 he was named by the Librarian of Congress to join the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He also has received awards and citations from the American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, San Diego Comic-Con International, and the Telluride Film Festival. In 1997 he was made a voting member of the National Film Registry, which selects 25 landmark American films every year. Perhaps the greatest indication of his fame was his appearance in a now-classic episode of the animated series South Park


I recently completed my sixth year as Managing Editor and contributor for Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide: The Modern Era. Now this comes as no surprise but, looking back, the journey here was certainly circuitous.  With my Arts and Communications degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in hand, I arrived in Los Angeles and worked as an actress, while supplementing my artistic income (who didn’t?) through a variety of jobs. Never straying far from the writing and journalism I’d grown to love in college, I designed and edited newsletters, wrote promos, was a regular contributor for Los Angeles publications COSI and the first NO HO Magazine and worked PR for celebrities. Soon I was covering movies and entertainment events for and its then Movie Editor Michael Symanski.  Michael, unbeknownst to him, was not only a mentor, he was an inspiration; someone whose advice and guidance was as meaningful as my later associations with the intrepid Mr. Sidney Poitier and the prolific Leonard Maltin.  There will be more to come, I’m sure. In the meantime, find me in the TV section at, Facebook and on Twitter at @TheTVolution.

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