Film Criticism Is Dying? Not Online

For a time, Sean P. Means of the Salt Lake Tribune maintained a macabre list of unemployed American film critics on his blog, the Movie Cricket. He had to abandon it when it began to resemble a list of American film critics.

Film critics have suffered plenty of downs lately, from dwindling job opportunities at newspapers to the barbs at the Golden Globes last Sunday, when Ricky Gervais joked that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were taking bribes. That’s led to many recent declarations of the Death of Film Criticism. But this is a myth; we’re actually living in a Golden Age of Film Criticism. More filmgoers are reading more good writing about more films, new and old, than ever before. They are also reading more bad writing, but there you go. Having lost the ability to speak, I’ve adopted the Internet as my own social network and am amazed almost daily by yet another extraordinary film critic.

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