Karina Longworth

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Karina Longworth (born July 10, 1980) is an American film critic, author,[1] and journalist[2] based in Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of the film culture blog Cinematical[3][4] and formerly edited both Cinematical and the film blog SpoutBlog[5] and, while living in New York, was heard regularly on the Public Radio International show The Takeaway.[6] From 2010–2012, she was the Film Editor and lead critic at LA Weekly.[5][7]

Longworth has contributed to numerous magazines, including New York Magazine, Filmmaker,[8] Time Out New York, Cineaste,[3] and Las Vegas Weekly,[9] as well as the online publications Slate,[10] indieWIRE,[11] The Daily Beast,[5] The Huffington Post,[12] The Village Voice, and Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men blog.


  • 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from San Francisco Art Institute
  • 2005 Masters of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University[5]


  • January 2005 – March 2007: regular contributor to the film blog Cinematical.com
  • March 2005 – February 2006: editor in chief of Cinematical.com (Cinematical was bought by AOL in October 2006)
  • October 2006 – June 2007: worked at AOL after the takeover of Cinematical
  • March 2007 – October 2008: columnist at NewTeeVee.com
  • February 2009 – December 2009: weekly contributor on the national public radio show n The Takeaway
  • June 2007 – October 2009: editor of the daily film culture blog SpoutBlog at Spout.com (now owned by indieWIRE)
  • January 2010 – January 2013: film critic and editor at LA Weekly
  • January 2013 – present: freelance writer, author and researcher; Adjunct faculty at Chapman University


In April 2014 Longworth launched You Must Remember This, a podcast that covers lesser-known Hollywood stories from the early- to mid-twentieth century. Distributed by the Panoply network in association with Slate Magazine, there have been 120 episodes so far, all written and narrated by Longworth.[13] It has become one of the top film podcasts; the Washington Post called it "knowledgeable and laceratingly funny".[14]

Internet film criticism vs print film criticism[edit]

When she was still a web critic for SpoutBlog, Longworth appeared in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism,[15] explaining the virtues of blogging – for creating a back-and-forth dialogue with readers. About blogging she went on to say, "I have a Master's Degree in Film Studies, but I’m no more qualified to blog than a high school student in Vermont." The New York Times has called Longworth, "freakishly smart"[16] and Variety said, "... it's the ever-proliferating bloggers – Spout, Cinematical, Movie City News and Hollywood Elsewhere – that have become the instant barometers for how a film plays."[17]

Online film critics are considered by some[weasel words] to be the next wave of film criticism. In 2007 Variety said, "As the pool of well-paid print critics shrinks in size, the next generation of film fans may come to trust critic/bloggers like … Spout's Karina Longworth, who helped to create the major film blog Cinematical"[18] The New York Times has commented, "Are print critics really so all-important and sacrosanct with the Web full of debates about all manner of film in places like indiewire.com, cinematical.com and blog.spout.com?"[19]


  • The Portable SpoutBlog: Rants, reviews and reports from the film blog edited by Karina Longworth (2009), ISBN 1448695716
  • Masters of Cinema: George Lucas (2012), ISBN 2866429044
  • Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor (2013), ISBN 0714866644
  • Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor (2014), ISBN 0714866695


  1. ^ The Portable SpoutBlog: Rants, reviews and reports from the film blog edited by Karina Longworth (2009). Publisher: CreateSpace. ISBN 1-4486-9571-6
  2. ^ Is Karina Longworth a film journalist? The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, 2009
  3. ^ a b Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet: A Critical Symposium Cineaste, Vol.XXXIII No.4 2008
  4. ^ The Rocchi Review – With Karina Longworth of SpoutBlog!, 22 March 2008
  5. ^ a b c d LA Weekly adds film editor, reporter LA Observed, December 23, 2009
  6. ^ Karina Longworth Film Contributor The Takeaway, November 25, 2009
  7. ^ Scott Simon of National Public Radio interviews Karina Longworth, Film Editor at LA Weekly, January 29, 2011
  8. ^ Filmmaker year in review: Karina Longworth FilmMaker Magazine, December 22, 2008
  9. ^ Karina Longworth Las Vegas Weekly
  10. ^ The Movie Club, Slate, January 3, 2011
  11. ^ Karina Longworth at indieWIRE
  12. ^ Karina Longworth bio, The Huffington Post
  13. ^ You Must Remember This: Podcast reveals the secret history of 20th century Hollywood
  14. ^ A shallow, gossipy perspective of ‘Audrey and Bill’, by Chris Klimek, The Washington Post, June 26, 2015
  15. ^ For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Acting Credits The New York Times, March 5, 2011
  16. ^ The Carpetbagger The Awards Season Blog of the New York Times, January 13, 2009
  17. ^ Blogosphere taps festival buzz, Variety, January 25, 2008
  18. ^ Indie films crave great reviews, Variety, June 21, 2007
  19. ^ Now on the Endangered Species List: Movie Critics in Print, New York Times, April 1, 2008

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