Became rather notorious for being one of a handful of critics (John Simon was another) who wrote a negative review of the 1967 film classic "Bonnie and Clyde", an act which singlehandedly almost caused the film to fail at the box office. Crowther was at that time film critic for the New York Times. He had previously written a highly critical assessment of Laurence Olivier's acclaimed performance in his 1965 film version of Shakespeare's "Othello", because Olivier played the role in blackface - this despite the fact that Olivier was eventually Oscar-nominated for his performance.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 197-199. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.