Richard Brody (born January 22, 1958)[1] is an American film critic who has written for The New Yorker since 1999.

Richard Brody
Born (1958-01-22) January 22, 1958 (age 66)
Alma materPrinceton University (BA)
OccupationFilm critic
EmployerThe New Yorker (1999–present)
AwardsChevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2014)



Brody grew up in Roslyn, New York.[2] He is Jewish and has personally identified as an atheist.[2][3] Brody attended Princeton University, receiving a BA in comparative literature in 1980.[2] He first became interested in films after seeing Jean-Luc Godard's seminal French New Wave film Breathless during his freshman year at Princeton.

In the early 1980s, after graduating from college, Brody briefly lived in Paris.[4] He is the author of a biography of Godard.

Brody has two children with his wife, Maja, who immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia.[2][5]



Before becoming a film critic, Brody worked on documentaries and made several independent films.[4][6][7] In December 2014, he was made a Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions in popularizing French cinema in America.[8]

Favorite films


Brody participated in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll,[9] where he listed as his ten favorite films the following:

In the 2022 Sight & Sound critics' poll, half of the films selected remained the same:

Best films of the year





  1. ^ "Notice de personne "Brody, Richard (1958-....)"". Bibliothèque nationale de France (in French). Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d Collins, Glenn (February 11, 1993). "A Film Maker's Lot: Frustration, Devotion, Rejection and Some Fun". The New York Times. p. C19. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Brody, Richard. "Catching Up". The New Yorker.
  4. ^ a b Bale, Miriam (February 24, 2009). "A Dialogue with Richard Brody". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 20, 2022.
  5. ^ Brody, Richard (May 31, 2009). "The Groom". The New Yorker.
  6. ^ "Richard Brody". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  7. ^ Smith, Liz (March 13, 2015). "Richard Brody on Cinema and Digitalization". Cooper Squared. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Adams, Sam (December 15, 2014). "The New Yorker's Richard Brody Named Chevalier, Offers Top 10 List". Indiewire. Penske Business Media, LLC. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Richard Brody | BFI". Archived from the original on February 14, 2016.
  10. ^ Brody, Richard (December 2, 2021). "The Best Movies of 2021". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 8, 2021.