The warrior critic: in praise of Pauline Kael

The New Yorkers legendary reviewer would have been 100 this year. Here, fans of her work assess her essential contribution to film journalism David Thomson Essential and kind of crazy To be mad about the movies, must you be mad? Isnt sitting in the dark, hooked on light, a little odd? The shrewdest thing to say about Pauline Kael beyond recognising that she was essential is that she was kind of crazy. Yet determined to seem rational or in control. She would have been 100 this year. That is a fanciful proposition, for she often seemed emotionally closer to 19, which must have been some strain if you realise she was nearly 50 before she stumbled into the authority she …