Saturday, October 16, 2010

Are critiques too harsh sometimes?

Nicole McBride
English 111 1230 PM
16 October 2010

Feeder 3.2
Exercise 2.1: In the online article "'Scott Pilgrim' Versus The Unfortunate Tendency To Review the Audience", author Linda Holmes discusses the harsh critiques of the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Holmes, herself, likes the movie, but she discusses how critics degrade the movie because it is aimed only at teenage boy gamers. Holmes states that you don't have to be a 12 year old boy gamer to like the movie. She says that being a woman over 30 likes the movie. Holmes discusses that if she were to critique the movie, she would talk about the good qualities of the movie and say that just because she liked it you might not. Holmes quotes from critics about the movie and says that they're too harsh. She says they need to address the issue "there's no reason to be angry at the people you imagine a movie will make happy just because you didn't like the movie."
Exercise 2.3: "'Scott Pilgrim Versus the Unfortunate Tendency to Review the Audience" presents reasons and points of view of why critics are too harsh of the film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I agree with the point the author makes about how critics degrade the movie just because they don't like it. I agree with the fact that critics don't address the possibility that maybe others like the movie just because they don't. No matter how many people dislike a movie, there is going to be someone out there who will like it. Critics need to take this into consideration. Not everyone has the same opinion of the movie, so they need to approach their critique differently. Differently as in maybe when writing the critique state "this is of course, just my opinion."

1 comment:

  1. But isn't that already assumed about a review, that it's their opinion?

    Good summary, though, Nicole. Now tackle why it's wrong for a critic to review a film based on its audience.