Terrence Rafferty is a film critic who wrote regularly for The New Yorker during the 1990s. His writing has also appeared in Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, The Village Voice, The Nation, and The New York Times.[1] For a number of years he served as critic at large for GQ. He has a particular penchant for horror fiction and has reviewed collections by Richard Matheson, Joe Hill, and the Spanish author Cristina Fernández Cubas.[2]

Terrence Rafferty
Occupation(s)Film critic, writer




  • Unnatural Acts (1992)
  • The Thing Happens: Ten Years of Writing About the Movies (1993)
  • Elmore Leonard: Westerns (2018, editor)

Essays and reporting

  • Rafferty, Terrence (September 6, 2021). "Feast and famine". The Critics. The Current Cinema. September 23, 1996. The New Yorker. 97 (27): 78–79.[a] Reviews Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci's Big Night (1998).


  1. ^ Online version is titled "The lovable idealism of 'Big Night'". Originally published in the September 23, 1996 issue.


  1. ^ Rafferty, Terrence (July 27, 2003). "FILM; He's Nobody Important, Really. Just a Movie Writer". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Rafferty, Terrence (October 24, 2017). "A round-up of new horror". The New York Times.