Andrew Sarris, a leading movie critic during a golden age of film reviewing who popularized the French reverence for directors, died Wednesday. He was 83.
Mr. Sarris died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after developing complications from a stomach virus, according to his wife, fellow film critic Molly Haskell.
Mr. Sarris was best known for his work with the Village Voice during the 1960s and '70s, when movies became "films" or even "cinema."
Mr. Sarris started with the Village Voice in 1960 and established himself in 1962 with the essay "Notes on the Auteur Theory," in which he argued for the primacy of directors.