Bob Mondello Bob Mondello reviews movies and covers the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays annually, 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 in Washington, D.C., just as it was about to fold," saw that jink broken in 1984, when he came to NPR.

For more than three decades, Mondello has reviewed movies and covered the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays 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 such diverse publications as USA Today, The Washington Post, and Preservation Magazine, as well as for commercial and public television stations. And he has been a lead theater critic for Washington City Paper, D.C.'s leading alternative weekly, since 1987.

Before becoming a professional critic, Mondello spent more than a decade in entertainment advertising, working in public relations for a chain of movie theaters, where he learned the ins and outs of the film industry, and for an independent repertory theater, where he reveled in film history.

Asked what NPR pieces he's proudest of, he points to 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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Black Panther, Roma, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Widows, A Star is Born and Eighth Grade all made NPR's favorite-movie list. (Top) Marvel Studios/Netflix/Universal Pictures; (bottom) 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros./A24 hide caption

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Movie Review: 'Mary Queen Of Scots'

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'Tis The Season For 'Anna And The Apocalypse,' The New Zom-Com Musical

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Remembering The Work Of Director Bernardo Bertolucci

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Bernardo Bertolucci, Directed 'Last Tango In Paris,' Dies At 77

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Magician Ricky Jay Dies At 72

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Royal Intrigue Fuels Eccentric Comedy Of Manners, 'The Favourite'

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Are You Hitting The Theaters This Season? Here's What Movies To Look For

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Director Alfonso Cuarón Reimagines His Mexican Childhood In 'Roma'

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Marisol (Malena Villa) and Carlos (Lorenzo Ferro) get triggered in El Angel. Marcos Ludevid/The Orchard hide caption

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Death Wears A Pleasing Face In The Swoony, Stylized 'El Angel'

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Outsized Music Personalities Featured In 'Bohemian Rhapsody' And 'Maria By Callas'

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Actor Paul Dano Steps Behind The Camera In 'Wildlife'

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