Bilge Ebiri

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Bilge Ebiri
Alma materYale University
Occupation(s)Film critic and filmmaker
EmployerNew York (magazine)

Bilge Ebiri (/ˈbɪlɡə ɛˈbɪəri/; born 1973) is a British-born American journalist and filmmaker of Turkish origin.[citation needed] His first feature film, a comedy thriller entitled New Guy, was released in 2004.

Early life and education


Ebiri studied at Yale University, majoring in Film Studies, and graduated in 1995.[1] His thesis film, Bad Neighborhood, won the Lamar Prize for Achievement in Film.[2]



After graduation, Ebiri worked as an assistant director for a Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov on The Barber of Siberia.[3]

In 2003 he wrote, directed and co-produced the low-budget feature film New Guy. It was released in 2004 and after getting positive reviews in The New York Times and Variety, had a successful theatrical run in New York City. Time Out called it "broadly predictable and increasingly one note, but passable sadistic fun."[4] It was released on DVD in 2005 by Vanguard Cinema.[5]

He served as the lead critic at the Village Voice for two years beginning in 2016, before returning to New York magazine and Vulture as film critic and editor in September 2019.[6][7]


  • Bad Neighborhood (1995)
  • Infernal Racket (1996)
  • New Guy (2003)
  • Purse Snatcher (2006)
  • Görünmeyen (2011)


  1. ^ "Film Studies Major Alumni | Film and Media Studies Program". Yale. Archived from the original on 26 October 2023. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Facebook | Yale Student Film Festival". Facebook. Retrieved 19 January 2024. ...winning the Lamar Prize for Achievement in Film for his thesis film Bad Neighborhood.
  3. ^ "The Barber of Siberia (1998) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb". IMDB. Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  4. ^ "New Guy". Time Out. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  5. ^ " New Guy [DVD]". Amazon. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  6. ^ Adams, Sam (February 25, 2016). "Bilge Ebiri Will Be the Village Voice's New Film Critic". IndieWire. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Janowitz, Neil (2019-09-10). "Vulture Announces Bilge Ebiri and Alison Willmore as Film Critics". New York Press Room. Retrieved 2024-01-07.