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Joseph John Baltake Jr. (September 16, 1945 – March 26, 2020) was an American movie critic, movie historian, author of the movie blog The Passionate Moviegoer.[1] His work has been seen on Knight-Ridder, Scripps Howard News Service, and the McClatchy wire services. Baltake was born in Camden, New Jersey.

Baltake died of multiple myeloma on March 26, 2020 in Haddonfield, New Jersey at the age of 74.[2]


  1. "The Films of Jack Lemmon" (Citadel Press, 1977) and "Jack Lemmon: His Films and Career" (Columbus Books, 1986)
  2. Joe Baltake, former film critic for Philadelphia Daily News, Sacramento Bee, dies at 74

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