Rafer Guzman is the film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. Rafer has also been heard on "Soundcheck," "The Brian Lehrer Show" and the New York broadcast of "All Things Considered." On television, he is a frequent guest on NY1's "Talking Pictures on Demand."
He was previously a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered travel and tourism, before joining Newsday as a rock critic in 2002. He has written about music for publications small and large, including Rolling Stone, Blender, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Express, The Buffalo News, The San Jose Metro, the New Times papers and Option magazine.
Rafer earned a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley and graduated with honors from Columbia University's School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Rafer Guzman appears in the following:
Monday, December 30, 2019
Film critic Rafer Guzman weighs in on some overlooked highlights from 2019, and also talks about his least favorite movies of the year.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
The Takeaway speaks with Newsday’s Rafer Guzman and New York Magazine’s Alison Willmore about "Joker" and whether the outrage surrounding its release is overblown or justified.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Director Quentin Tarantino is out with a new movie that raises familiar questions about his treatment of women and female characters.
Monday, July 01, 2019
Rock and roll no longer rules the music charts, but "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Rocketman," and "Yesterday" have all found Hollywood looking back at the genre’s heyday.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Hollywood’s reliance on sequels and reboots has not succeeded with audiences this summer. The Takeaway looks at whether the film industry can turn things around in the coming months.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
This Friday, Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, "Booksmart," hits theaters. It comes as part of a recent wave of teen movies that take a more modern look at high school relationships.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
"Avengers: Endgame" is expected to make more than $260 million this weekend. "Fast Color," an indie superhero movie that centers around women of color, has struggled to find an audience.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Peele tackles race, class, and psycho-doppelgangers from a parallel universe in his follow-up to "Get Out."
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
'Captain Marvel' is the first movie from Marvel Studios to be headlined solely by a female superhero. The Takeaway speaks with two critics about whether the film lives up to the hype.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The film Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday after winning the Producers Guild Award on Friday. But many people feel the film traffics in stereotypes.
Monday, December 31, 2018
The Takeaway's film critic runs through his movie highs and lows from 2018.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
What can you watch this holiday season to forget about current events? Film critic Rafer Guzman joins The Takeaway to give his picks for relaxing things to check out.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
The Takeaway explores how the new bio-pic "Bohemian Rhapsody," tells the story of Freddie Mercury’s life, music, and sexuality.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Takeaway film critic Rafer Guzman and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris dissect "First Man," and explore whether the story of Neil Armstrong is still relevant in 2018.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
What were teenagers like Brett Kavanaugh watching in the 80s? Many of the popular films of that time normalize rape culture.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
"Crazy Rich Asians," one of the most talked about movies of the summer, is out today. The Takeaway gives its review.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
This week's culture roundup looks at "Sorry to Bother You," "Blindspotting," and "BlacKkKlansman," three new films explicitly focused on issues of racism and black life.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
This Friday, there are two films coming out that feature individuals with disabilities. Both continue Hollywood's trend of casting big name, able-bodied stars as disabled characters.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
In this week’s look at the movies, shows and music people are talking about, we discuss the sequel to "Sicario," which portrays the drug war on the U.S. Mexico border.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This week, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman is joined by Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer for Buzzfeed News where they'll explore the horror film genre.