Judith Crist, 90, one of America's most widely read film critics for more than three decades and a presence in millions of homes as a regular reviewer on the Today show, died Tuesday at her Manhattan home.
Ms. Crist, who championed a new generation of directors such as Steven Spielberg, Sydney Pollack, and Woody Allen, was known for biting remarks about some of Hollywood's most popular films, including The Sound of Music. Director Otto Preminger labeled her "Judas Crist."
Her commentary had many homes: the New York Herald Tribune, where she was the first woman to be a full-time critic for a major U.S. paper; New York magazine, where she was founding film critic; and TV Guide. She was the Today show's first regular movie critic, a morning fixture on NBC from 1963 to 1973.