Critics Associated provides the latest film news, reviews and features from top UK critics. It was set up by established critics as a platform for their opinions and to define the industry standard for web-based film criticism.

Now meet our critics!

admin-ajax-4.phpFlossie Topping

Flossie Topping is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Metropolitan, Don’t Panic and The Ealing Gazette.


Katie Hall

Katie has been passionate about films since childhood. She studied English Literature at college before getting her degree in Marketing from Newcastle University. Prior to being Assistant Editor at Critics Associated she wrote numerous articles and reviews for The London Film Review and is a champion of independent film makers. Her favourite film is Fernando Meirelles’ City of God.

julia-e1375699056893Julia Van Valkenburg

Julia Van Valkenburg is a Tucson, Arizona native with a degree in Film & Television Production from The University of Arizona. Julia plans to attend graduate school in the near future to receive a master’s degree in film studies. Currently, she runs an entertainment blog (JVV – and has written for other sites. Her interests include festival programming, film criticism, screenwriting, and production design.  Her favorites films are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindInto the Wild, and Tree of Life.


Elisa Scubla

Elisa is the Assistant Editor of Critics Associated. She is from Udine, near Venice, in Italy. Her short film “The Mirror” received critical acclaim after being selected to be screened at the Cinema Massimo in Turin. She has since moved to London where she has produced the short film “Bucket Head” for Dream Films. She has most recently produced and directed the documentary “Gypsy Fair” and is now in the post-production of the short film “A Tragedy” based on William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”.

admin-ajax-1.phpChristian Orr

Christian’s love of films began in 1983, when his Dad took him to see Return of The Jedi. Since then, he has tried to watch films every spare second he gets, and now has the biggest DVD collection this side of High Wycombe. He began writing at school for a local newspaper, and since then, he has written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, The London Film Review, and currently writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station. In between writing for Critics Associated and his own blog, he has also started writing a script for a comedy series. His current favourite director is Edgar Wright, and his favourite film of all time is Weekend at Bernies.

admin-ajax-2.phpBill Graham

Bill Graham is a film critic based in Dallas, Texas. He currently writes for The Film Stage, Go, See, Talk, Twitch, and Collider. We found him at SXSW Film Festival, but he also attends Comic Con and Dallas Film Festival annually.

admin-ajax-3.php Simon Horrocks

Simon Horrocks is a writer/director/producer based in London. His first feature film, a ‘mind-bending, micro-budget thriller’ called Third Contact, premiered to high critical acclaim at The Hof International Film Festival in 2012. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised £15,486, Third Contact will have its UK premiere at the BFI IMAX. To watch the trailer visit

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Derek Winnert is a leading UK film critic and author working for Vue Cinemas, Shortlist, Onemetal, ILoveMediaCity, cubed3, Letterboxd, Universal Film Magazine, UK Film Review, jonesyinc, The Void, Celebritext and the Film Review annual. He’s also worked for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week, The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail. A member of the London Critics Circle, he is the author of The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Movies, The Film & Video Guide and a biography of Barbra Streisand.

admin-ajax-5.phpIan Sandwell

Ian Sandwell is a freelance film critic, box office reporter for Screen, assistant editor of music at The Digital Fix and contributor to