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Anthony O. "Tony" Scott (born July 10, 1966) is an Americanmarker journalist and critic. He is best known as a film critic for The New York Times.

Background and education

Scott grew up the son of two historians. His mother, Joan Wallach Scott, is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Studymarker in Princeton, New Jerseymarker. His father, Donald Scott, is a professor of American history at CUNY. He is also a great nephew of the actor Eli Wallach.

Scott attended public schools in Providence, Rhode Islandmarker—including Classical High School—before graduating magna cum laude from Harvardmarker in 1988 with a degree in literature.


Scott began his tenure at The New York Times' Arts section in January 2000, following Janet Maslin's retirement from film criticism. (Maslin continues to review genre fiction for the paper.) Before joining The New York Times, Scott served as book critic for Newsday, and also as a contributor for the The New York Review of Books and Slate magazine.


In 2006 and 2007, Scott served repeatedly as guest critic on Ebert & Roeper with Richard Roeper in Roger Ebert's absence due to illness. He and Roeper counted down their selections for the top ten films of 2006 and again for 2007. Although Scott did not appear on the show for most of 2008, he continued to release his own list through the New York Times. On 24 October 2009, Scott began counting down his "Best of the Decade" list on At the Movies. The following are A. O. Scott's lists:
2006 2007 2008 The Decade (00's)
1 Letters from Iwo Jima 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Wall-E TBA
2 Pan's Labyrinth Ratatouille Silent Light TBA
3 L'Enfant Sweeney Todd The Secret of the Grain TBA
4 Days of Glory I'm Not There Man on Wire TBA
5 Little Miss Sunshine Terror's Advocate The Edge of Heaven Where the Wild Things Are
6 Three Times 12:08 East of Bucharest Happy-Go-Lucky The Best of Youth
7 51 Birch Street There Will Be Blood Wendy and Lucy 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
8 Volver Into the Wild Milk Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
9 Little Children The Savages Rachel Getting Married 25th Hour
10 A Prairie Home Companion Knocked Up Cadillac Records Million Dollar Baby

Scott is currently working on a book of literary criticism about the 20th Century American novel. He 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.

On August 5, 2009 it was announced that Scott, along with Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips, would take over hosting duties on At the Movies from Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz who will no longer be involved in the show. Scott and Phillips began their duties when the show started its new season on September 5, 2009.

Personal life

Scott lives in the New York Citymarker borough of Brooklynmarker with his wife and two children.


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