|Education||University of Rochester, 1970|
|Employer||The New York Times|
|Known for||Film and literary criticism|
Benjamin Cheever, current
Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times. She served as a Times film critic from 1977 to 1999 and a book critic from 2000 to 2015.
Maslin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in mathematics. She began her career as a rock music critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone.
Maslin was the longtime film critic for The New York Times, serving from 1977 to 1999. Her film-criticism career, including her embrace of American independent cinema, is discussed in the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009). In the film, Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum recalls the excitement of having a woman as the lead reviewer at The New York Times.
Maslin continues to review books for The New York Times. Among the best-known of her reviews is the 2011 essay on the widowed Joyce Carol Oates' memoir, A Widow's Story, which was widely discussed.
- Maslin, Janet (December 17, 2012). "Janet Maslin's 10 Favorite Books of 2012". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. C35. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- Elder, Sean (September 23, 1999). "Maslin Bails, Critics Rail". Salon. Archived from the original on 31 July 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
- Barr, Jeremy (19 May 2015). "Times book critic Janet Maslin shifts into contributing role". Politico. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- Aradillas, Aaron. "She's something else. Janet Maslin in a rockcritics.com interview". Rock Critics Archives. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "Book Reviews by Janet Maslin". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- Weinstein, Deb (February 14, 2011). "Janet Maslin vs. Joyce Carol Oates's 'Widow's Story'". Thewire.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "Unethical, Immoral. Crude and Cruel and Unconscionable". Crossing the Border. February 14, 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- Janet Maslin at The New York Times - Archived articles written by Maslin.
- Janet Maslin on IMDb
- "Janet Maslin" at Rotten Tomatoes – Includes links to full texts of reviews by Janet Maslin.
- Interview with Janet Maslin. The Connection. Broadcast on WBUR (Boston), February 10, 2000. Accessed December 21, 2007. (RealAudio format.)
- Rockcritics.com interview – May 2005