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Judith Crist (born May 22, 1922) is an Americanmarker film critic. She appeared regularly on the Today Show from 1964-1973 and has appeared in one film, Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. She is the author of The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl; Judith Crist's TV Guide to the Movies and Take 22: Moviemakers on Moviemaking.

Life and career

Crist attended Morris High School and received a B.A. from Hunter Collegemarker and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalismmarker. After graduating from Columbia in 1945 she was employed by The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter, film critic and arts editor for 22 years, as well as being employed as TV Guide's resident film critic. After the Tribune went under, she became the founding film critic at New York magazine. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia's School of Journalism since 1958. She is the mother of Steven Crist, renowned thoroughbred handicapper and publisher of the Daily Racing Form.

Crist conducted the Judith Crist Film Weekends at Tarrytown House, NY, from 1971 to 2006. She was a longtime member of the Executive Committee of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Association and she served three terms as President of the Alumni Association in the 1960s.

In 1963, she was awarded an Alumni Award by the J-School Alumni Association, which is the highest honor the Association awards. On April 5, 2008 the School presented her with its Founder's Award on her completion of 50 years as a faculty member. She is still teaching.

She wrote the article "Tribute to a Partnership", a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, in 1965, for a booklet that accompanied RCA Victor's original LP release of the soundtrack album of The Sound of Music. However, the article has not been reprinted for any of the CD releases of the soundtrack.

She cites Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush as her "first and to-this-day-most-vivid film experience."


  • "The critics who love are the severe ones...we know our relationship must be based on honesty."

  • "In this lovely land of corrugated cartons and plastic bags, we want our entertainment packaged neatly . . . an attractive label on the outside, a complete and accurate detailing of loose ends, no odd parts, nothing left out."

  • "[Youngsters] are nurtured from infancy on a Dick-and-Jane literary and artistic level; and the cultural drought, as far as entertainment is concerned, sets in when they are between six and eight."

  • "Amid all the easily loved darlings of Charlie Brown's circle, obstreperous Lucy holds a special place in my heart. She fusses and fumes and she carps and complains. That's because Lucy cares. And it's the caring that counts."

  • "Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let's just wish each other a bileless New Year and leave it at that."

  • "To be a critic, you have to have maybe three percent education, five percent intelligence, two percent style, and ninety percent gall and egomania in equal parts."



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