By Kyle | April 3, 2010
John Nolte has an insightful post about how critics are forever writing about the death of criticism. Nolte points out that he never goes to a movie because some critic liked it but he did enjoy listening to Siskel & Ebert argue because they were sharp, interesting guys. I was thinking much the same thing the other day when I (finally) read Anthony Lane’s review of “Shutter Island.” I thought Lane was “wrong” (i.e. I had a different opinion, so neither of us is really right or wrong) on the merits but his writing is so spirited, funny and entertaining that it’s a great review. Critics should, I think, place a higher premium on the quality of their writing because their “expert” opinions don’t matter. As Nolte points out, critics’ opinions actually matter less than ordinary people’s — because critics see so many films that they come to have different values than the rest of the audience. I’ve noticed that in music criticism, the critics seem to write exclusively for other critics, and to the extent that is true, or becomes true, of film critics, it will reduce our readership and relevance.