Born April 24, 1916
New York City, U.S.
Died October 9, 2013 (aged 97)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Critic, editor, writer, educator
1943; died 2012)
Stanley Kauffmann (April 24, 1916 - October 9, 2013) was an American author, editor, and critic of film and theater. 
Kauffmann started with
in 1958 and contributed film criticism to that magazine for the next fifty-five years, publishing his last review in 2013. The New Republic  He had one brief break in his  New Republic tenure, when he served as the drama critic for the  for eight months in 1966. New York Times 
He worked as an acquisitions editor at
Ballantine Books in 1953, where he acquired the novel , by Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury. Several years later, while working as an editor at  Alfred A. Knopf in 1959 he discovered a manuscript by Walker Percy, . Following a year of rewrites and revisions, the novel was published in 1961, and went on to win a The Moviegoer National Book Award in 1962. 
Stanley electrified educated people with the news that movies had become one of the high arts again, and that there were contemporary works--by Bergman, Truffaut, Antonioni, and many other directors--the equal of the masterpieces of the silent era.
David Denby, "Stanley Kauffmann Tribute: 'A Masterpiece Every Week!'",
The New Republic, October 9, 2013
Kauffmann was a long-time advocate and enthusiast of foreign film, helping to introduce and popularize in America the works of directors such as
Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Yasujir? Ozu. He inspired and influenced younger film and cultural critics such as  Roger Ebert and  David Denby. 
Kauffmann was also a professor of English, Drama, and Film at
City University of New York (1973-76) and taught at the Yale School of Drama. 
Kauffmann was featured in the 2009 documentary
where he was shown discussing the beginnings of film criticism in America, and noting the important contributions of poet For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism Vachel Lindsay, who grasped that "the arrival of film was an important moment in the history of human consciousness". 
Kauffmann is noted for his opinions on otherwise critically acclaimed movies, having given negative reviews for
, Star Wars: A New Hope , Raiders of the Lost Ark , The Godfather , Pulp Fiction Million Dollar Baby, , and Gone with the Wind , films that were heavily praised by other notable critics.
2001: A Space Odyssey
DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and New York University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1935 and was an actor and stage manager with the Washington Square Players. Kauffmann married Laura Cohen in 1943, and they remained together until Cohen's death in 2013. They did not have children. Kauffmann died of pneumonia at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan on October 9, 2013, aged 97. 
Books on criticism
Regarding Film: Criticism and Comment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2001).
Distinguishing Features: Film Criticism and Comment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (1994).
Field of View: Film Criticism and Comment. New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications (1986).
Theater Criticisms. New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications (1986).
Albums of Early Life. New Haven: Ticknor & Fields (1980).
Before My Eyes: Film Criticism and Comment. New York: Harper & Row (1980).
Persons of the Drama: Theater Criticism and Comment. New York: Harper & Row (1976).
Living Images: Film Comment and Criticism. New York: Harper & Row (1975).
American Film Criticism: From the Beginnings to "Citizen Kane"; Reviews of Significant Films at the Time They First Appeared [Editor, with Bruce Henstell]. New York: Liveright (1972).
Figures of Light: Film Criticism and Comment. New York: Harper & Row (1971). A World on Film: Criticism and Comment. New York: Harper & Row (1966).
Zeitchik, Steven. "Stanley Kauffmann dies: Film critic helped define a generation". The Los Angeles Times . Retrieved .
Kauffmann The New Republic
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Esther Zuckerman (October 9, 2013). "Critics and Colleagues Remember Stanley Kauffmann". The Atlantic . Retrieved 2013.
Jeremy McCarter (September 2, 2010). "Oldest Living Cultural Critic Tells All". Newsweek . Retrieved 2013.
Bert Cardullo (Fall 2002). "Interview with Stanley Kauffmann". The Missouri Review. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29 . Retrieved 2013.
Film Critic Stanley Kauffmann Dead at 97, ABC News, October 9, 2013.
^ Moore, H., Walker Percy's
The Moviegoer: A Publishing History, The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas. vol 22, Nos. 1-4, 1991-92, pp. 123-43
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James Wolcott; David Denby; David Thompson (October 9, 2013). "A Tribute: Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013". The New Republic.
"Stanley Kauffmann". nndb.com . Retrieved 2013.
, TCM Movie Database For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
Grimes, William (2013-10-09). "Stanley Kauffmann, Erudite Film Critic, Dies at 97". The New York Times. NY Times . Retrieved 2013.