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Entertainment Weekly Lays Off Movie Critic Owen Gleiberman After 24 Years

by Sam Adams
April 2, 2014 9:25 PM
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Movie critic Owen Gleiberman, who had been Entertainment Weekly's movie critic since the magazine's launch in 1990, was among seven staff writers who lost their positions earlier today, according to Poynter's Andrew Beaujon. His former colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum, who joined the staff in 1991, took a buyout last February. That leaves Chris Nashawaty, who was moved to film critic last August.

Gleiberman declined a request for comment.

Entertainment Weekly recently announced it would be expanding its "Community" vertical, recruiting bloggers through social media and journalism schools and paying them in, among other things, "prestige."

In addition to his reviews, Gleiberman wrote an account for the magazine in January about Armond White's expulsion from the New York Film Critics' Circle. Before EW, he wrote for the Boston Phoenix from 1981-1989. 

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  • Brian Donnelly | April 3, 2014 8:54 PMReply

    What a raw deal. I wonder, can I pay for an EW subscription with this "prestige"?

    Yeah, that's what I thought.

  • Dmccall | April 3, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    I've noticed that their Music coverage has all but vanished this year.

  • Beth Ann | April 3, 2014 3:31 PMReply

    Does anyone else see the irony of this multi-billion dollar organization recruiting unpaid bloggers through journalism schools? I would think a lot of students at journalism schools should seriously think about changing their majors, given that the media empires don't ever plan on paying them a salary, just in "prestige."

  • Oliver | April 3, 2014 2:03 PMReply

    A disgrace. Looks like I've bought my last ever EW.

  • Athena | April 3, 2014 9:58 AMReply we have asshole hipster bloggers writing reviews at EW?. Holy shit....I weep for film criticism today, ladies and gents.

  • Sally Field | April 3, 2014 9:54 AMReply

    It sucks that he is out of a job, but he was a horrible critic. He took just about everything at face value or just tried so hard to be different than everyone else. just go read his piece on why he doesn't like Paul Thomas Anderson. And what critic likes Batman Forever, but hates O Brother, Where Art Thou? It's not right

  • gary | April 3, 2014 5:34 PM

    I agree on both points (sucks to be out of a job and a horrible critic). He actually gave the Three Stooges movie an A-.

  • Phil Hall | April 3, 2014 7:26 AMReply

    EW's loss, for sure.

  • Cooper | April 3, 2014 3:32 AMReply

    Sad news. Always a clear voice in the noise scape. I will look for him in the future. He will be found.

  • Scott | April 3, 2014 1:28 AMReply

    Really bad idea.

  • Archie Borders | April 3, 2014 1:15 AMReply

    Boo. A wonderful critic. Film criticism, and by that I mean thoughtful, well-written criticism, is a dying art. I'm going to let my ET subscription lapse after it's run it's course. Very sad. And too predictable.

  • gerard kennelly | April 2, 2014 10:52 PMReply

    never even heard of him
    but i heard of..
    peter travers, barry norman and roger ebert

  • Christopher Potter | April 21, 2014 10:08 PM

    Your point being..........?

  • RBL | April 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    Gerard Kennelly = Jackass of highest order.

  • brijazz | April 3, 2014 5:46 AM

    Go home everyone, this guy doesn't know who we're talking about. He HAS heard of the under-the-radar critic "Roger Ebert" though, so his opinions count.

  • gerard kennelly | April 2, 2014 10:42 PMReply

    never even heard of him
    but i heard of..
    peter travers, barry norman and roger ebert

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