Journalist who has gained fame for his career as a film critic for The Guardian, where he joined in 1999. He has frequently appeared as a reviewer on the popular BBC One TV show Film...
He graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 with his degree in English. He was president on the renowned Footlights theatrical club while a student.
He was a columnist for The Evening Standard during the late 1990s, and garnered prominence for his satirical articles written from Alan Clark's point of view. He was highly commended at the 2014 British Press of the Year awards as the year's best critic.
He was born and raised in England.
His 2017 short story Neighbours Of Zero was narrated on Radio 4 by Daniel Mays.