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Observer film critic Philip French dies at 82

Published 27/10/2015 | 13:01

Philip French was The Observer's film critic
Philip French was The Observer's film critic

Tributes have poured in from the film and media industry for British film critic and former radio producer, Philip French, who has died aged 82.

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News of his death was reported by The Observer, where he worked as their film critic for 35 years.

He won countless accolades for his reviewing over the years, including being named British Press Awards Critic of the Year in 2009.

In 2013 he was presented with an OBE in the New Years Honours, for his services to film.

Tributes flooded social media following the news.

The Guardian's film critic, Peter Bradshaw, tweeted: "So sad to hear about Philip French, a critic of unmatched dedication, humanity, scholarship, wit and charm."

In a written piece on French, Bradshaw wrote: "He was a wonderful critic, a great cinephile and a lovely man. I will miss him very much."

The Observer's Chief film critic, Mark Kermode, remembered him as " simply the finest film critic in the world. His writing and insight are unsurpassed".

The Times' Kate Muir tweeted: "So sad about Philip French, The Observer's wonderful, erudite film critic. Will be bowing to his usual seat in Soho Screening Rooms today."

His son Patrick told The Guardian: " I think he'd be very happy to be remembered as a film critic. He thought it was useful. Right up to day he died he did what he loved."

He is survived by his wife, Kersti and sons Sean, Patrick and Karl, and 10 grandchildren.

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