Marshall Fine

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Marshall Fine
Born (1950-11-07) November 7, 1950 (age 64)[citation needed]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[citation needed]
Occupation Writer

Marshall Fine (born November 7, 1950) is an American author, journalist, and film critic from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Early life[edit]

Fine grew up in Richfield, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb, until he was 13. His family subsequently moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, another Minneapolis suburb, which also was home to humorist Al Franken, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.[citation needed]


Fine began his career as a critic at 18, writing reviews of rock concerts and albums for the Minneapolis Star while a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He subsequently created entertainment sections at several of the newspapers where he worked.[citation needed] He conducted the Playboy Interview with Howard Stern and Tim Robbins for Playboy Magazine.[citation needed]

Fine directed a documentary short, "Flo Fox's Dicthology," that was selected for the Woodstock and Amsterdam film festivals in 2002. His documentary feature, "Do You Sleep in the Nude?," about film critic Rex Reed, was selected for the Hamptons Film Festival (2007) and the South by Southwest Film Festival (2008).[citation needed]

Fine is a three-time former chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle: 1992, 2002 and 2006 and is a member of New York Film Critics Online.[1] He is a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado magazine and has written cover stories.[2]

He helped create and hosted the Journal-News Film Club at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY, from 2001 to 2004.[citation needed] Fine subsequently created, produced and hosted the Emelin Film Club at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY, which began in 2005, until 2014.[3] He launched the Thalia Film Club at Symphony Space on Manhattan's Upper West Side in 2010.[4]

On July 16, 2012, he provoked anger when he posted the first negative review of The Dark Knight Rises.[5] His review was posted on review site Rotten Tomatoes and within minutes, started receiving hateful comments and death threats.[6] Rotten Tomatoes had to remove the link to his review and temporarily disable comments on reviews for the movie.[7] When asked about the situation in an interview, he said "It's part of the job."[8]

He published his first novel as an e-book, entitled Killing My IdiotBoss.[9] He is a member of the board of directors of Westchester Collaborative Theater,[10] and has written several plays – one-act and full-length – produced by the company.[citation needed]


  • Bloody Sam: The Life and Films of Sam Peckinpah (1991)
  • Harvey Keitel: The Art of Darkness (1997)
  • Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film (2005)


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  4. ^ "Thalia Film Club". Symphony Space. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fine, Marshall. "Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises – A Dissenting View". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Singer, Matt. "'Dark Knight Rises' Critic Receives Death Threats". Indiewire. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Atchity, Matt. "The Dark Knight Rises – This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Singer, Matt. "Marshall Fine on the Reaction to His 'Dark Knight Rises' Review: "It's Part of the Job."". Indiewire. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Smashwords – Killing My Idiot Boss —a book by Marshall Fine". November 7, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Westchester Collaborative Theater – Westchester Collaborative Theater". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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