Mara Reinstein is a NYC-based writer, editor, lecturer, moderator, host and pop-culture obsessive. She is currently the longtime film critic for Us Weekly and Usmagazine.com (for which she’s a former deputy editor and senior writer) and SiriusXM Volume and a contributing writer for Parade, Vulture, Billboard, Emmy Magazine, CBS Watch!, The Ringer and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, Esquire, Reader’s Digest, The Cut, TV Guide, InStyle, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour and many other outlets.
A prestigious “Top Critic” on Rotten Tomatoes, Mara’s reviews have been quoted in other publications such as E! Online, Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed and the Wall Street Journal. She has been blurbed in the advertising campaigns for Don’t Look Up, Promising Young Woman, Don’t Look Up, The Farewell, Eighth Grade, RBG, A Quiet Place, Game Night, Molly’s Game, Darkest Hour, La La Land, Boyhood, Silver Linings Playbook, Spy, Frozen and more.
She is also a member of the Critics Choice Association, The Hollywood Critics Association, votes for the Critics Choice Awards, and has sounded off live on The Howard Stern Show, NPR, CBS-AM, ABC News, Fox News, E!, Channel 5 on the BBC, Reelz, VH1, and several podcasts. Hear Mara every Monday night at 5 PM EST on “Sound & Vision” on SiriusXM Volume (Channel 1o6). She’s also a longtime teacher and tutor at Gotham Writers Workshop and has her own popular web-writing class on Skillshare and an in-demand awards-season moderator. You can find her running around the Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Savannah and New York film festivals during non-pandemic times. In 2020, she contributed to the program for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards. In 2021, she contributed to the 20th anniversary program for the Tribeca Film Festival.
Her cooperative celebrity cover-story interview subjects include Clint Eastwood, Jerry Seinfeld, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux, Faith Hill, Emily Blunt, Steve Martin, Michael J. Fox, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Kevin Costner, Dick Van Dyke, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, Justin Theroux, Margot Robbie, Jack Black, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Anna Kendrick, Gal Gadot, James Brolin, Jimmy Fallon and Jim Gaffigan. She’s also interviewed Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Keira Knightly, Harrison Ford, Bryan Cranston, Rachel Weisz, John Legend, Paul Rudd, Casey Affleck, Blair Underwood, Alan Cumming, Ray Romano and too many more to count for various features and Q&As.
Mara is honored to be featured in the acclaimed 2019 photo book Women’s Work: Stories from Pioneering Women Shaping Our Workforce (Simon & Schuster, $35) now available on Amazon and all other book retailers.
A proud Detroit native (go Tigers!), she is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (go Tigers again!). She quotes The Devil Wears Prada on a daily basis and is aware this bio is waaaaaay too long.
Reach Mara at MaraReinstein@gmail.com