Marshall Fine is a noted film critic and author of three film biographies.


His family moved to St. Louis Park from Richfield when he was 13, to the relatively new development, Westwood Hills, where they lived at 8109 W. 18th St. He entered Westwood Jr. High in the middle of 8th grade. A 1968 graduate of St. Louis Park High, where he worked on the Echo for two years, he began writing reviews of rock concerts and albums for the Minneapolis Star in 1969, while a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He continued to write for the Star all the way through college, while also working as a reporter, critic and columnist for the Minnesota Daily.

After graduating from the U in 1973, he worked for newspapers in Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, South Dakota, California and, in 1987, moved to New York. There, he spent 17 years as film critic for Westchester County’s Journal News and as national film correspondent for Gannett News Service. In 2004, he became film/TV critic for Star magazine. He currently is a free-lance writer, working regularly for the New York Daily News.

Marshall is a member and three-time chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, New York Observer, Premiere, Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly. He conducted the Playboy Interview with both Howard Stern and Tim Robbins.

He is the author of three biographies, including “Bloody Sam: The Life and Films of Sam Peckinpah: (1991); “Harvey Keitel: The Art of Darkness (1998)”; and “Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented the American Independent Film (2006).”

His short film, “Flo Fox’s Dicthology,” was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam, in 2002. His feature documentary, “Do You Sleep in the Nude?,” about film critic Rex Reed, was shown in Oct. 2007 at the Hamptons International Film Festival.