Nigel Andrews

Nigel Andrews FRSA[1] (born 3 April 1947)[2] is a British film critic best known for being the long-time chief film critic of the Financial Times.

Nigel Andrews

Born (1947-04-03) 3 April 1947 (age 74)
Alma materCambridge University
OccupationFilm critic
EmployerFinancial Times (1973–2019)
AwardsBritish Press Awards Critic of the Year (1985; 2002)

Andrews was educated at Lancing College in West Sussex, England.[3] After studying English at Jesus College, Cambridge, Andrews began his career as an editor on the British Film Institute's Cinema One book series and as a critic for its publications Sight & Sound and the Monthly Film Bulletin.[2] He first contributed to the Financial Times on 12 May 1972[4] and became the regular weekly reviewer from 23 March 1973.[5] He has written books on John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the film Jaws (1975).[6][7] On 20 December 2019, it was announced by the Financial Times that Andrews would step down as their weekly film critic after 46 years in the position.[8]

In 1985 and 2002, Andrews was named Critic of the Year at the British Press Awards.[7][9] He is a member of the Film Section of The Critics' Circle.[10]

Andrews participated in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll, where he listed his ten favorite films as follows: Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane, The Godfather: Part II, Hour of the Wolf, Melancholia, Spirited Away, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Vertigo, and The Wild Bunch.[11]


  • True Myths of Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Life and Times of Arnold Schwarzenegger, from Pumping Iron to Governor of California (1996, rev. 2003)
  • Travolta: The Life (1998)
  • "Jaws": The Ultimate A-Z (1999)


  1. ^ Andrews, Nigel (Summer 2010). "Less and More - Nigel Andrews". DGA Quarterly Magazine. Directors' Guild of America. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b ANDREWS, Nigel John, Who's Who 2015, A & C Black, 2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. ^ Andrews, Nigel (20 December 2019). "My 50 years as a film critic". Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  4. ^ Sickness can be fun, Financial Times, 12 May 1972, page 3
  5. ^ 1776 and All That, Financial Times, 2 March 1973
  6. ^ Andrews, Nigel (1991) [11 August 1983]. "Michael Cimino". In Andrew Britton (ed.). Talking Films: The Best of the Guardian Film Lectures. London, England: Fourth Estate Ltd. p. 246. ISBN 1-872180-17-5.
  7. ^ a b "Nigel Andrews - biography". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  8. ^ "FT film critic Nigel Andrews to step down after 46 years and 10,000 reviews". Financial Times. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ "British Press Awards: Past winners". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  10. ^ Cline, Rich (10 November 2019). "Film Section welcomes new members". The Critics' Circle. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Nigel Andrews | BFI". Retrieved 26 October 2020.

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