Richard Corliss

Publication: TIME

Senior Writer Richard Corliss writes about movies and other entertainments for TIME.

He joined TIME in 1980 as as associate editor, and became a Senior Writer in 1985. Before joining TIME, he was a film critic for National Review, New Times, Maclean’s of Canada and SoHo Weekly News. He was Editor of Film Comment magazine from 1970 to 1990.

Among the cover stories Corliss has written are profiles of Kevin Costner (June 1989), Tom Cruise (December 1989), Jodie Foster (October 1991) and directors Kenneth Branagh (1989), David Lynch (September 1990), Woody Allen and Mia Farrow (August 1992) and Independence Day (July 1996). He has also written about X- rated pop culture (April 1990), the film JFK (December 1991) an interview with Emma Thompson (March 1993), and many stories on Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson and Rush Limbaugh. For TIME International, he wrote cover stories on British and Italian films and on divas worldwide. The Asian edition has published his cover stories on Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan. He reports each year from the Cannes, Toronto and Hong Kong Film Festivals. Corliss has covered theater, pop music, theme parks, circuses, sport and other aspects of modern culture.

Corliss has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and a master’s in film studies from Columbia University. He wrote the books Talking Pictures, a study of Hollywood screenwriters, and Greta Garbo (both 1974), and Lolita, on the novel and film (1994).

He lives in New York City with his wife, Mary, who runs the Film Stills Archive at the Museum of Modern Art and has curated many exhibitions for the Museum’s Department of Film.