Are Film Critics Right Or Wrong About Movies?


Art and critique go hand-in-hand. As long as filmgoers have been making movies, there have also been critics (both novice and professional) that openly comment on what they see. Where the pioneers of film criticism were academic (André Bazin and Jean-Luc Godard), focused on technique, subtext, and publication in scholarly journals, the arrival of personality-driven movie journalists (Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert) opened reviewing up to a mainstream audience. Journos became arbiters of what movies to see (and which ones to avoid) in theaters.

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