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Odie Henderson

Film Critic


Odie Henderson is the Globe’s film critic. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics whose work has appeared in The Criterion Collection, Slate, The Village Voice, Cineaste Magazine, Slant Magazine and other outlets. Prior to the Globe, he spent 11 years at RogerEbert.com as a regular contributor. Before his change to a fulltime career as a critic for the Globe, Odie spent 35 years in the Information Technology sector. Odie has covered the New York Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival for many years, and has also programmed his own nine-film sidebar on Black American Cinema at 2013’s Off-Plus Camera Film Festival in Krakow, Poland. He is a frequent guest on Boston Public Radio and NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. At Vulture, he recapped the entirety of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” series, a perfect syncing of his tech and writing careers. Additionally, Odie has also contributed essays to several books, including the cinema guide, Magill's Annual, “Boro, L'Île d'Amour: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk” and “The Deadwood Bible.” In January, 2024, his own book “Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema,” will be published. To help readers understand his review philosophy, Odie has contributed pieces to the Globe regarding his star ratings, his unchecked love of boxing movies and his passion for the dreaded semicolon. He is also a massive fan of film noir, musicals, Blaxploitation, bad art, and good trash. Occasionally, he teaches seminars on films at Coolidge Corner and makes appearances to introduce films in the Boston area.