Without film criticism, world of cinema would undoubtedly be poorer. Especially in the US, where writing about movies was an extremely prestigious and influential job. There were times when critics praised a movie that probably wouldn’t get viewers’ attention if not their enthusiastic reviews. It was the other way around, too: some box-office hits were panned by critics who wrote about them using a particularly sharp language.
But everyone makes mistakes, even a well educated critic with a unique perspective and magnificent writing style. There are many great and widely appreciated movies that a few critics disliked, but from today’s perspective we can see that they definitely missed the point. Nowadays, some reviews sound truly ridiculous!
Below you will find excerpts of such reviews and essays devoted to four classic movies — Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee, Easy Rider by Dennis Hopper, Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola and Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick. All of them will be presented at 10th American Film Festival.
Well, today we know that you don't have to go from one extreme to the other and you can enjoy the screening without taking sides. Apparently, the perspective seems quite interesting, since Spike Lee remains the most influential African-American director.
Sure, let’s read and forget about movies at all!
Well, there are a lot of more precise ways to say it, too,
Update: the audience has seen much more than that, because it understands metaphors.
Is Apocalypse Now really THAT narcissistic?
50 years after its premiere Easy Rider no longer seems "lower case cinema", right?
Excuse us, but does the critic remember the smoking pot scene? And the grande finale, exploding with unspoken emotions?
In our honest opinion, Eyes Wide Shut is filled with ambiguity and full of subtle tones — but many would like to see a morality play and Kubrick consistently refused to shoot one.