Jack Garner, film critic and longtime member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, died on Sunday July 3, 2020 at the age of 75.
He was the chief film critic for Rochester New York’s Gannett Newspapers and the staff critic at Rochester’s Democratic and Chronicle for 30 years. He was famous for writing reviews that challenged harsher critics and informed movie lovers’ tastes. He began reviewing films at the Democrat & Chronicle in 1977 — starting with the original Star Wars. In 1987, he was appointed chief film critic of Gannett News Service, and his writing regularly appeared in Gannett newspapers nationwide, and in journals worldwide. He continued to write for the paper as a freelancer, doing a weekly film and entertainment column that included work as a film and DVD commentator with Rochester’s WHAM-TV. He was Rochester’s Hollywood connection.
Garner was also hard to miss in a crowd: he was six foot nine inches tall, and his laughter was frequent and infectious.
He and his wife Bonnie would have celebrated their 50th anniversary in August.