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Richard Crouse

Canada AM's film critic

Film expert Richard Crouse is an author, broadcaster and regular contributor to CANADA AM.

Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, he watched CANADA AM every morning growing up and is now thrilled to add his unique brand of movie reviews to the show. Crouse has been CANADA AM's go-to-guy for film know-how since 2005.

Crouse's started off in broadcasting as an overnight junior announcer for CKBW radio in Bridgewater Nova Scotia. Actor Donald Sutherland had held the same position at the station years before. Richard moved to Toronto in 1980 with aspirations to work as a writer and quickly became involved with Toronto's pop culture scene.

From 1998 to 2008 Crouse was the co-host of Reel to Real, Canada's longest running movie review program. Premiering in 2008, the Richard Crouse's Movie Show was broadcast nationally on the Independent Film Channel.

Over the years, Crouse has made regular trips to Cannes Film Festival and proudly provided in-depth coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival doing more than 4000 interviews during his ten years with Reel to Real.

In addition to his work as a broadcaster Crouse has a lengthy resume as a writer, having contributed to many major publications including The Globe and Mail and the National Post.

As an author Crouse wrote his first book in his teens, an unpublished history of his favourite band, The Rolling Stones. Since then he has written seven books including the best selling The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen (2003), Reel Winners (2005) and Son of the 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen (2008).

Outside of his work as a film critic, Crouse enjoys reading, spending time with "The PMC" (Preferred Movie Companion) and buying cool ties. When he's not at the movies he can often be found hosting film-related events and contributing to various charities including The Alzheimer's Society and Big Brother & Big Sisters of Toronto. He donates his time to speak to students at regional film festivals and hopes to inspire the next generation of filmmaker hopefuls.