Brody grew up in Roslyn, New York, and attended Princeton University, receiving a B.A. in Comparative Literature in 1980. He first became interested in films after seeing Godard's Breathless during his freshman year at Princeton. In the early 1980s, after graduating from Princeton, Brody briefly lived in Paris. He is the author of a biography of French New Wave film director Jean-Luc Godard.
Before becoming a film critic, Brody worked on documentaries and made several independent films. In December 2014, he was made a Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions in popularizing French cinema in America.
- Gertrud (Denmark, 1964)
- The Great Dictator (USA, 1940)
- Husbands (USA, 1970)
- Journey to Italy (Italy, 1954)
- King Lear (USA, 1987)
- The Last Laugh (German, 1924)
- Marnie (USA, 1964)
- Playtime, (France, 1972)
- The Rules of the Game, (France, 1939)
- Shoah, (France, 1985)
Best films of the year
- 2007: In Praise of Love
- 2008: Wendy and Lucy
- 2009: Fantastic Mr. Fox
- 2010: Shutter Island
- 2011: The Future
- 2012: Holy Motors
- 2013: The Wolf of Wall Street
- 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
- 2015: Chi-Raq
- 2016: Little Sister
- 2017: Get Out
- 2018: No official favorite
- 2019: The Irishman
- 2020: Kajillionaire
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