Sean Burns is a Staff Writer for WBUR’s The ARTery and a Contributor at Boston Reel. He was Philadelphia Weekly‘s Lead Film Critic from 1999 through 2013, and worked as the Movies Section Contributing Editor at The Improper Bostonian from 2006 until 2014. His reviews, interviews and essays have also appeared in Metro, The Village Voice, The Boston Herald, Nashville Scene, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Movie Mezzanine, The House Next Door, North Shore Movies and RogerEbert.com.
A 2013 nominee for the National Society of Film Critics and founding member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association, Burns was a recurring guest on the late David Brudnoy’s WBZ 1030 AM radio show, and in 2002 received an award for Excellence in Criticism from the Greater Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists.
His writing has been called “jocular but serious, more like a 1940′s daily reporter pounding out columns on a manual typewriter than a typical 21st century navel-gazing film critic.” Meanwhile, his sisters still tell him that he “curses too much and drives like an old lady.”