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.

Longworth writes, hosts and produces the podcast You Must Remember This, about the "secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century".


Longworth received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies.[3]


She is one of the founders of the film culture blog Cinematical[4][5] and formerly edited both Cinematical and the film blog SpoutBlog[3] 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.[3][7]

Longworth has contributed to numerous magazines, including New York Magazine, Filmmaker,[8] Time Out New York, Cineaste,[4] and Las Vegas Weekly,[9] as well as the online publications Slate,[10] indieWIRE,[11] The Daily Beast,[3] The Huffington Post,[12] The Village Voice, and Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men blog.

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,[13] 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",[14] 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."[15]

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".[16] 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?"[17]

You Must Remember This podcast[edit]

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 189 episodes so far, all written and narrated by Longworth.[18] It has become one of the top film podcasts; the Washington Post called it "knowledgeable and laceratingly funny".[19] Podcast Magazine gave the show five out of five mics.[20] The show won the 2016 award for "TV & Film" at the Academy of Podcasters Awards and was a finalist in the 2017.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Longworth married director Rian Johnson in 2018.[23] She received a special thanks in the credits of Johnson's film Knives Out.


  • 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
  • Hollywood Frame By Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1977 (2014), ISBN 1616892595
  • Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood (2018), ISBN 0062440519

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Longworth, Karina, ed. (2009). The Portable SpoutBlog. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4486-9571-3.
  2. ^ Means, Sean P. (October 13, 2009). "Is Karina Longworth a film journalist?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Roderick, Kevin (December 23, 2009). "LA Weekly adds film editor, reporter". LA Observed. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet: A Critical Symposium". Cineaste. Vol. XXXIII, no. 4. 2008. Archived from the original on October 26, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Rocchi, James (March 22, 2008). "The Rocchi Review – With Karina Longworth of SpoutBlog!". Moviefone. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Karina Longworth Film Contributor". The Takeaway. November 25, 2009. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Simon, Scott (January 29, 2011). "A Flutter Over Films At Sundance". National Public Radio. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Macaulay, Scott (December 22, 2008). "Filmmaker year in review: Karina Longworth". Filmmaker. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Karina Longworth". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Longworth, Karina (January 3, 2011). "The Movie Club". Slate. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Karina Longworth". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 6, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Karina Longworth". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Acting Credits". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2012. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Bagger in LA: Post-Game Pyrotechnics". The New York Times. January 13, 2009. Archived from the original on January 21, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Jones, Michael; Miller, Winter (January 25, 2008). "Blogosphere taps festival buzz". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Thompson, Anne (June 21, 2007). "Indie films crave great reviews". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Carr, David (April 1, 2008). "Now on the Endangered Species List: Movie Critics in Print". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Walker, Tim (October 15, 2015). "You Must Remember This: Podcast reveals the secret history of 20th century Hollywood". The Independent. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Klimek, Chris (June 26, 2015). "A shallow, gossipy perspective of 'Audrey and Bill'". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  20. ^ Actis, Rob (March 2, 2020). "Under the Radar: You Must Remember This Podcast" (PDF). Podcast Magazine. p. 114. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  21. ^ "2017 Finalist". Academy of Podcasters. Podcast Movement. August 23, 2017. Archived from the original on February 5, 2019.
  22. ^ "Academy of Podcasters: Past Winners". Academy of Podcasters. Podcast Movement. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Karina Longworth on Instagram: "We got married."". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2019.

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