A. O. Scott
Anthony Oliver Scott
July 10, 1966
|Other names||Tony Scott|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Relatives||Joan Wallach Scott (mother)|
Eli Wallach (great-uncle)
Anne Jackson (great-aunt)
Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966) is an American journalist and cultural critic, known for his film and literary criticism. After starting his career at The New York Review of Books, Variety, and Slate, he began writing film reviews for The New York Times in 2000, and became the paper's chief film critic in 2004, a title he shared with Manohla Dargis. In 2023, he moved to the The New York Times Review of Books.
Scott was born on July 10, 1966 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Both of his parents were professors. His mother, Joan Wallach Scott, is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His father, Donald Scott, is a professor of American history at the City University of New York. He is a great nephew of the married acting couple Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson (his maternal grandfather was Eli's brother). Scott is Jewish. He attended public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, including Classical High School before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1988 with a degree in literature.
Scott began his career at The New York Review of Books, where he served as an assistant to Robert B. Silvers. Scott then served as book critic for Newsday, while also serving as a contributor to The New York Review of Books and Slate. In 1993, he wrote television reviews for Variety, using the name Tony Scott.
He joined The New York Times' Arts section in January 2000, following Janet Maslin's retirement from film criticism. (Maslin continues to review genre fiction for the paper.) In 2004, he became chief critic, following Elvis Mitchell's resignation. Scott and the other film critics at the Times host a video podcast on the subject of film, called Critics' Picks. On March 9, 2020, The New York Times announced that Scott would take a one-year break from his role as co-chief film critic and assume the title of critic at large, writing "bigger, cross-topic essays."
Better Living Through Criticism, a book on art criticism by Scott, was published in 2016.
Scott is set to leave his role as a film critic in March 2023 and join The New York Times Book Review.
In 2006 and 2007, Scott served as a guest critic on Ebert & Roeper during Roger Ebert's absence due to thyroid cancer.
Between 2002 and 2014, Scott made 15 appearances on Charlie Rose, where he predicted the Academy Award winners and spoke about recently released films. He often appeared alongside David Denby of The New Yorker and Janet Maslin of The New York Times and guest-hosted the program on a number of occasions.
On August 5, 2009, it was announced that Scott, along with Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips, would take over hosting duties on At the Movies from Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, who would no longer be involved with the show. Scott and Phillips began their duties when the show started its new season on September 5, 2009. The show was canceled after one season due to low ratings, concluding its run in August 2010.
Scott is a professor of film criticism at Wesleyan University.
In a 2009 interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Scott named the following five films as his favorites of all time. 
When asked to name the best of 21st century, Scott listed along with Manohla Dargis: 
Since becoming a film critic, Scott has named these films the best of the year:
Scott is married to Justine Henning, and they have two children.
When reviewing Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Scott wrote "Maybe not everyone who is white is a racist, but racism is what makes us white".
|2001||Tales of the City: Hanif Kureshi's Rough Guide to London||Himself|
|2002-2014||Charlie Rose||Guest/Guest Host||15 episodes|
|2006-2010||At the Movies||Guest Host/Co-Host||66 episodes|
|2008||American Masters||Himself||Episode: "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story"|
|2009||For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism||Himself|
|2010||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||Guest Expert||5 episodes|
|The View||Himself||1 episode|
|TCM Guest Programmer||Himself||Episode: "U.S. Critics"|
|Up To The Minute||Guest Film Critic||1 episode|
|2011||The Early Show||Himself||1 episode|
|2013-2016||Jeopardy!||Video Clue Presenter||5 episodes|
|CBS This Morning||Himself||3 episodes|
|2015||Remembering David Carr||Himself|
|2016||PBS NewsHour||Himself||1 episode|
|Generation X||Himself||2 episodes|
|2021||WTF with Marc Maron||Himself||Episode: "A.O. Scott"|