SHEILA BENSON 1930 – 2022

“We dedicate our awards to Sheila Benson, an esteemed Society member and the warmest and most gracious of colleagues. As film critic for the Los Angeles Times and other publications, she wrote about movies with infectious joy and enviable skill. We miss her dearly.” 2023 Critics Awards, National Society of Film Critics, January 7, 2023

Sheila and her work were also recognized by her colleagues at the 2023 awards ceremonies of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Seattle Film Critics Society.

Our family thanks you for your outpouring of affection and kindness in the wake of Sheila’s death. This site is a place to celebrate her work and life, share thoughts and stories, explore her writing and support her favorite causes.

We welcome your thoughts, stories and photos of your memories of Sheila. Comments and messages can be sent to


By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2022


Her family, friends and colleagues remember Sheila in their own words.


Selected reviews, commentaries, interviews and articles written for the Los Angeles Times, Microsoft’s Cinemania Online and other publications.


From her Critic Quality Feed blog. Explore her 2012-2017 essays on film, dance, books, the arts, politics, family and more.


Consider a donation in her memory to one of these organizations.