"Jay Cocks" is an American film critic and motion picture screenwriter.

He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time magazine/Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing.

As a screenwriter, he worked on Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993 film)/The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York — a screenplay he started working on in 1976 — as well as Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days (film)/Strange Days. Cocks performed an uncredited rewrite of James Cameron/James Cameron's screenplay for Titanic (1997 film)/Titanic. He is the screenwriter for Martin Scorsese's upcoming film Silence (2015 film)/Silence.

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