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James Y. Lee writes (about) films.

  • I am an award-winning screenwriter and essayist.

  • I am a film critic for Film Obsessive, MovieBabble, and Frame Rated, and am also an affiliate member of the Chicago Indie Critics.

  • I have covered the Sundance, New York, Tribeca, and Melbourne International Film Festivals, among others.

  • I am studying film at Northwestern University starting this fall. I live in the Chicago area.

  • You can contact me at

  • (I use he/they pronouns.)

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Review Work:


2022 - Current

Film Obsessive

  • Currently writing reviews for current releases and retrospective analyses of older films.


2021 – Current


  • Currently writing reviews for new releases and retrospectives. Also includes all reviews for festival coverage.

  • I am also writing an ongoing series of essays on Korean cinema classics for the site titled Films from the Peninsula.


2020 – Current

Frame Rated

  • Writing reviews for new releases of various genres as well as retrospective pieces for anniversaries.

  • I have also written longer features and analyses for the publication’s Medium page, found here.

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Review Samples:

The Fractured, Deranged Genius of 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'
Decision to Leave (2022)
Tár (2022)
Aftersun (2022)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022)
The Whale (2022)
Sundance Film Festival 2022 Review: Happening
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