Often referred to as the most significant American film critic of her time, Pauline Kael wrote for The New Yorker faithfully from 1968 to 1991. One of her first reviews was on Charlie Chaplin's Limelight, which she named Slimelight. This sparked her to begin publishing reviews frequently in magazines. She began spreading several of her first reviews on the public radio station KPFA.
In 1965, Pauline came out with a book filled with her criticism called I Lost It at the Movies, which ended up becoming a bestseller. She started writing for the women's magazine McCall's until her severe criticism caused the editor to let her go. From 1966 to 1967, she wrote for the New Republic. They constantly altered her reviews without permission, resulting her to leave the publication. She was then asked to be a part of The New Yorker as a film critic and in 1979, she became the sole critic for the publication.
While working for The New Yorker, Pauline became recognized as "one of the country's top movie critics" by Time magazine. She also received a George Polk Award in 1970. In 1978, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the 1980s and retired early from film reviews in 1991. She died at the age of 82 in 2001.
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