Bob Mondello Bob Mondello reviews movies and covers the arts for NPR and shares critiques and commentaries on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered.
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Bob Mondello

Arts Critic

Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in 1984 when he came to NPR.

For more than three decades, Mondello has reviewed movies and covered the arts for NPR, seeing at least 300 films annually, then sharing critiques and commentaries about the most intriguing on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. In 2005, he conceived and co-produced NPR's eight-part series "American Stages," exploring the history, reach, and accomplishments of the regional theater movement.

Mondello has also written about the arts for USA Today, The Washington Post, Preservation Magazine, and other publications, and has appeared as an arts commentator on commercial and public television stations. He spent 25 years reviewing live theater for Washington City Paper, DC's leading alternative weekly, and to this day, he remains enamored of the stage.

Before becoming a professional critic, Mondello learned the ins and outs of the film industry by heading the public relations department for a chain of movie theaters, and he reveled in film history as advertising director for an independent repertory theater.

Asked what NPR pieces he's proudest of, he points to an April Fool's prank in which he invented a remake of Citizen Kane, commentaries on silent films — a bit of a trick on radio — and cultural features he's produced from Argentina, where he and his husband have a second home.

An avid traveler, Mondello even spends his vacations watching movies and plays in other countries. "I see as many movies in a year," he says, "as most people see in a lifetime."

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What It's Like Getting The Coronavirus Vaccine

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Putting A Roof On Risk With A COVID-19 Vaccine Jab

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Regina King Imagines What 4 Black Icons' Gathering In 1964 Might Have Looked Like

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Review: News Of The World With Tom Hanks

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Chadwick Boseman's Last Movie, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' Reviewed

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George Clooney Envisions The End Of The World In His New Movie, 'The Midnight Sky'

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'The Prom' Musical Moves From Broadway To Cinema Screens

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Holiday Film Preview: What To Watch Now And What To Expect Next Year

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In 'Sound Of Metal,' A Man Whose Life Revolves Around Music Faces World Of Silence

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Story Of The Man Who Wrote 'Citizen Kane': David Fincher's 'Mank' Reviewed

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While Votes Are Counted, Discover What Movie Characters Count

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Sean Connery, Hollywood's 1st James Bond, Dies At 90

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