Joe Baltake (born September 16, 1945) is an American movie critic, film historian and author of the film site, The Passionate Moviegoer . A Jack Lemmon biographer, his work has been syndicated by Knight-Ridder, Scripps Howard News Service and the McClatchy Wire Service.
Baltake's film reviewing career started at Gannett's Suburban Newspaper Group, where his critiques appeared in several New Jersey-based newspapers, and continued at Knight-Ridder's The Philadelphia Daily News and McClatchy's The Sacramento Bee. He served as first-string film critic at both dailies. In all, he estimates that he has professionally reviewed about 7,000 films throughout his career. Additionally, he has contributed articles on film to The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, US Magazine, Scribner[disambiguation needed]'s Great Lives and Films in Review, among others, and his most recent reviews are posted on Rotten Tomatoes.Com .
Film books authored or edited by Baltake include "The Films of Jack Lemmon"  and its update, "Jack Lemmon: His Films and Career,"  published 1977 and 1986, respectively, in the United States by Citadel Press and in Canada and Great Britain by Columbus Books. He was also an associate editor of John Willis' "Screen World," an annual film anthology, from 1973–1993, when the anthology was published by Crown Books.
Baltake has contributed commentaries to several DVD sets, including on-camera interviews for Sony Entertainment's The Jack Lemmon Film Collection  and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "The Apartment" Collector Editions. 
A graduate of Rutgers University, his writing awards include one from the Philadelphia Motion Picture Preview Group for "Honesty in Criticism;" "Best Commentary" award from the Society of Professional Journalists, for a review of the 1994 documentary, "Hoop Dreams," and the "Outstanding Achievement" award from the Performing Animal Welfare Society, for a column on the mistreatment of animals, both simulated and real, on screen.
He is married to Susan Baltake, founder of Grove Street Solutions , a consulting/marketing firm.
- Review of "The Jack Lemmon Film Collection," June 12, 2009
- Review of "The Apartment: Collector's Edition,"February 6, 2008
- Chris Lemmon's "A Twist of Lemmon"
- Nick Dawson's "Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel"