Best of Boston

BEST Critic

1999 BEST Critic, Art

Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe

Covering both the galleries and the small exhibition spaces, McQuaid’s reviews are insightful, enthusiastic, and deeply serious. Boston artists know she’s out there, and they know she cares. read more»

1994 BEST Critic, Television

Monica Collins of the Herald

She knows television the way a good broker knows the stock market. She can tell you how to invest your TV time and get a return. read more»

1989 BEST Critic, Press, Print

Mark Jurkowitz, Boston Phoenix

Finally, a worthy successor to David O’Brian. Sharp, hardworking, and fair. read more»

1989 BEST Critic, Entertainment, Radio and TV

Joyce Kulhawik, Channel 4

Okay, so until June the field was just Joyce and Dixie Whatshername. It doesn’t matter. When Joyce is at her best, she’s still the best. read more»

1989 BEST Critic

Rebecca Nemser

Finally, a visual-arts writer who can talk about meaning without waxing pedantic. Wherever it appears, in the Globe or in Art New England, the skillful prose of this former WBUR arts critic brings the visual arts to life. read more»

1988 BEST Critic, Entertainment

Joyce Kulhawik, Channel 4

Best last year and still the one to watch. Sorely missed when the Boss opened his national tour in Worcester while she was out sick. Nice to have you back, Joyce. read more»

1988 BEST Critic, Theater

Arthur Friedman, Boston Herald

Friedman is cranky, petty, unlovable, and almost always right. read more»

1988 BEST Critic, TV

A tie. Ed Siegel, Boston Globe, Terry Ann Knopf, Patriot Ledger

Intelligent, creative, and—above all—useful, Siegel’s stuff would be great even if you didn’t compare it with the trip churned out by his predecessor, the windy Jack Thomas. As for Knopf, she’s Boston’s own, and for insider stuff on the local… read more»

1987 BEST Critic, Entertainment, TV

Joyce Kulhawk, Channel 4

Just another pretty face, you say? Not so. We love her mind too. All right, maybe she’s not too deep but she’s Edmund Wilson compared with all the other chuckleheads in this category. read more»