Shawn Levy is a Portland, Oregon, author, critic, teacher, and community volunteer. From 1992 until 2013, he wrote for The Oregonian, serving as Film Critic from 1997 to 2012. Prior to that, he was Senior Editor of the late, great American Film magazine and prior to that Associate Editor of Boxoffice magazine. He reviewed movies for KGW-TVĀ from 2009 to 2016.

He has written about film, pop culture, books and sports for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian of London, the Independent of London, the San Francisco Chronicle, Movieline, Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Premiere, the Village Voice, the Hollywood Reporter, Portland Monthly, the Black Rock Beacon, and many other publications.

A native of New York City, he was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. He serves on the board of Operation Pitch Invasion, a not-for-profit group dedicated to filling recreation deserts with new and restored soccer fields and futsal courts. He has three children and lives in southwest Portland.