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Indiewire’s weekly poll turns the critics on themselves, asking them to disclose what words they would ban from reviews.  From “epic” to “game-changer” to “Oscar-worthy,” they tell us what terms are overused, under-specific, and just too easy.   I admit […]

Thanks to New York Magazine’s Vulture column for including my thoughts in the round-up of the worst films of 2013.  Here’s the consolidated list. As always, there are some movies that end up on both best and worst lists, notably […]

Chaz Ebert has announced that everything posted on this week will be written by a woman.  I’m delighted to kick it off with my tribute to Barbara Stanwyck, inspired by the Pre-Code film series I am co-hosting with Margaret Talbott […]

One of my all-time favorite critics — and one of the nicest guys in this field — is Leonard Maltin.  Be sure to check out his new series on YouTube.

The masterful critic Stanley Kauffman, whose writing career stretched over eight decades, died this week at age 97.  Adam Bernstein’s perceptive Kauffman obituary in the Washington Post noted: “He was one of the few critics who could watch a 1997 […]

I am delighted that Rotten Tomatoes, the pioneering aggregator of movie reviews, is taking on television with its new TV Zone.  Check out the reviews of scripted (non-reality) shows. So far, the widely-reviled “Dads” show gets a big rotten tomato […]

See if you can guess the Rotten Tomato rankings for these romantic comedies (plus “The Notebook”).

In honor of today’s release of “Looper,” IndieWire asked a panel of movie critics about their favorite time travel movies.  The answers are a lot to read, with many mentions of blockbusters like “Back to the Future” (and “Back to […]

It seems there’s a lot of criticism of critics lately.  Some think they’re too soft.  In Slate, Jacob Silverman bemoans the Twitter-fied outbreak of niceness in literary culture. Whereas critics once performed one role in print and another in life—Rebecca […]

Indiewire asked its panel of critics to respond to a great question from a critic who is mentoring a film-loving 14-year-old. “I mentor a 14-year-old from Harlem and nothing would make me happier then to have her enjoy ‘art house’ […]