Lisa Schwarzbaum Leaves Entertainment Weekly

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by Matt Singer
February 6, 2013 1:05 PM
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Tweeted, a short while ago, by longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum:

"News to share: I'm leaving @EW after a fab 22 years. More news to share: I'll still be writing, and not only about #Amour and #DieHard!"

At his blog, Jim Romenesko has the memo EW editor Jess Cagle emailed the magazine's staff to announce the move:

"We can’t imagine EW without her; she’s such a crucial, opinionated, elegant, and eloquent strand of our DNA. But now the time has come to share the news: Lisa Schwarzbaum is, in fact, leaving EW to, in her words, 'expand the kind of writing (and kind of living) that I do.' Please join me in thanking her for 22 years of beautiful words, elaborate and wonderfully realized sentences, her unbridled love of film, her sharp criticism, and the joy of having her as a colleague...

Among her many admirers: Kathryn Bigelow, John Lasseter, and Lena Dunham, who was spotted a year or so ago wandering the halls of EW in search of Lisa’s office; finding it empty she left a fan letter on Lisa’s chair. But Josh Brolin said it most succinctly when he emailed her to say, 'You can fucking write!'"

She certainly can. Schwarzbaum has been with Entertainment Weekly since 1991 and became one of its film critics in 1994. That's right around the time my family got its subscription to EW, and reading each new issue quickly became one of my beloved Saturday afternoon rituals -- one that typically began by flipping to the back of the magazine to read every word of every film review section anchored by Schwarzbaum and her colleague, Owen Gleiberman. I've remained a reader online (and a follower on Twitter as well), and my parents still pass me copies of EW whenever I see them. I still start with the film reviews.

It's good to hear she's got future writing plans, but her presence at the magazine will certainly be missed.

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7 Comments

  • rick | February 18, 2013 12:39 PMReply

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out. A liberal critic who hated anything done by someone with a different political belief. I wish her no good luck in any future work where she can attack people with different beliefs than her just because she can.

  • Richard Kerm | February 15, 2013 7:52 PMReply

    Quoting Woody Allen from "Annie Hall"...... "Those who can't do teach, and those who can't teach, teach gym." Enjoy teaching gym, you hack.

  • csschneider | February 8, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    Among the worst film critics I've ever had the displeasure of reading. She certainly doesn't understand cinema and should never review a film she already knows she's not going to like. Her glowing review of the film Blue Car still irks me.

  • Rania | February 7, 2013 10:58 AMReply

    Lisa is a great critic and writer and in an industry that's overwhelmingly male, a fantastic representative of the other half.

  • CinemaPsycho | February 7, 2013 12:06 AMReply

    Long overdue. She should have left after her ridiculous Fight Club review in 1999. She seemed to think the film was about the furniture. She didn't understand a single thing about the film. After that, I noticed her reviews became more and more divorced from reality until I couldn't read them any more. She's one of those critics who if she hated something, I made sure to check it out. Much like Rex Reed. It's one thing to have a different opinion, but she doesn't seem to understand what she is watching. I'm sure she is a nice person though, and I wish her the best of luck in the future.

  • Kal | February 7, 2013 12:04 PM

    I never forgave her for that either. The fact that the later DVD review was much higher said a lot about her particular axe to grind with the film

  • Davey | February 6, 2013 6:29 PMReply

    I wish I could say I will her but I won't. I've disagreed with her more than Owen G. and that says a lot. Her theater criticism is even worse.

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