Subject: Reviews/Criticism

Reviews/Criticism:

Biting reviews and criticism of film, theater, television, music, books etc.


If an artist has talent, he needs no other critic.

American writer

It’s The Exorcist meets The Wicker Man and a bad time is had by all, the audience included. – “The Observer”

film critic

There’s a bright young director behind Silent Hill: Revelation and a very strong cast to bring the story to life, but the movie is still terrible.

movie critic

Those who cannot remember history are doomed to learn it from Oliver Stone movies.

(1954–2007) Canadian film critic

The battle was lost several movies earlier.

musician & film reviewer

They say state-of-the-art special effects can create the illusion of anything on the screen, and now we have proof: It's possible for the Jim Henson folks and Industrial Light and Magic to put their heads together and come up with the most repulsive single creature in the history of special effects, and I am not forgetting the Chucky doll…

(1942 – 2013) American film critic, journalist & screenwriter

If given the choice between going to class and seeing the high-school comedy General Education, go with school.

film reviewer

Fool! Dost thou not know that creepy children have cursed our screens in numbers too great to count, and by now, we find them marginally less terrifying than navel lint?

writer, editor & film reviewer

I could eat alphabet soup and shit better lyrics.

(1909 – 1976) American lyricist, songwriter & singer

The movie is being revived around the country for midnight cult showings. Midnight is not late enough.

(1942 – 2013) American film critic, journalist & screenwriter

All through the five acts of that Shakespearean tragedy he played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to play the Ace.

(1850 – 1895) American writer

I have knocked everything but the knees of the chorus girls, and nature has anticipated me there.

(1873–1936) American theater critic

[“The Sun Also Rises” is about] bullfighting, bullslinging and bullshitting.

(1900 – 1948) novelist (wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Watching HBO’s surfing drama John from Cincinnati is like sitting through a bad play at a tiny experimental theater.

American reporter & television critic

It was the visual equivalent of Pringles: unfortunately, we couldn't stop watching it, albeit through our fingers. Painful.

Irish writer & reviewer

The French are funny, sex is funny, and comedies are funny… yet no French sex comedies are funny.

(1954 – ) cartoonist, screenwriter, producer & creator of The Simpsons

There’s not a scene… that isn’t awful.

American writer & film critic

She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

(1893 – 1967) writer, humorist & poet

This Mamet adaptation takes place in a very confined space, involves little or no action and is mostly concerned with how many minutes an actor can spew Mamet's laborious dialogue without collapsing.

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Sarah Brightman couldn't act scared on the New York subway at four o'clock in the morning.

(1943 – 2007) American film critic

… I was idly looking at the cinema ceiling, to see if there was a beam I could throw a rope over.

British writer & film critic