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  1. the take
    German Producers Put 100,000-Euro Bounty on Reviewers of ‘Der Baader Meinhof Komplex’German critics are rolling up their sleeves to hate on the biggest German-language movie of the year.
  2. ranters and ravers
    Ascetic Recluse Anthony Lane Had No Idea Tom Cruise Is in ‘Tropic Thunder’’I suspect that there will be gasps during the end credits.’ Wha?
  3. ranters and ravers
    ‘Step Brothers’ Review Makes Us Worried About Roger Ebert’Sometimes I think I am living in a nightmare.’
  4. ranters and ravers
    James Wood Objects to Descriptions of His Book But Does Not Deny He Is Raising an ArmyThe ‘New Yorker’ critic comments on our claims that his army will soon take over New York.
  5. ranters and ravers
    Is ‘New Yorker’ Critic James Wood Creating an Army of Like-minded Young Novelists?But what will James Wood do with his power???
  6. ranters and ravers
    Ebert and Roeper Leaving ‘Ebert & Roeper’And Ebert seems to give Disney a thumbs-down.
  7. ranters and ravers
    ‘Space Chimps’: the ‘Times’ Takes a Courageous StandWe still don’t want to see ‘Space Chimps,’ but we do want to see Neil Genzlinger write more movie reviews!
  8. ranters and ravers
    For Lisa de Moraes’s Sake, Please Don’t Cancel the TV Critics Tour!The annual junket might be useless, but it provides the Washington ‘Post”s sharpest critic with a big, fat target.
  9. ranters and ravers
    Michiko Kakutani Writes Worst-Ever Jacket Copy for ‘The Sister’A first-time novelist gets a Donna Tartt comparison, but Knopf publicists are likely slapping their foreheads nonetheless.
  10. ranters and ravers
    French Critics, Even Snootier Than Expected, Pan Cronenberg OperaWe assumed critics would take to ‘The Fly’ like flies to … you know. We were wrong.
  11. the early-evening news
    Great Moments in Movie Marketing: Hellboy vs. GodPlus: Movie critics matter, Harvey’s 1996 phone call, and James Lipton.
  12. ranters and ravers
    Manohla Dargis, Ever the Contrarian, Is About the Only One Who Likes ‘The Happening’ Finally, Manohla Dargis finds a summer movie to love! Well, not hate so much.
  13. apropos of nothing
    Is ‘The Happening’ So Bad It Defeats Math?Could bad buzz somehow be affecting ‘The Happening”s Metascore beyond the laws of mathematics?
  14. ranters and ravers
    Rushdie, Burroughs, Palahniuk: Whose ‘TBR’ Review Was the Worst?It was a busy week, apparently, for whichever intern is in charge of hatchet-sharpening duties at the ‘Times Book Review.’
  15. ranters and ravers
    Is Anthony Lane’s ‘SATC’ Review Really Sexist?It is according to Jezebel, and to a whole lot of the site’s commenters.
  16. countdown
    Is ‘Che’ This Year’s ‘Southland Tales’?Last night’s Cannes premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s four-hour biopic of Che Guevara seems to have been something of a fiasco.
  17. beef
    Verdi-vs.-Shakespeare Beef Not As Hard-core As We HopedDon’t miss Verdi’s deathless aria, “O, Shakespeare, cacasenno, vi daro dei calci nei vostri antichi.”
  18. ranters and ravers
    Laura Linney Cast Aside in ‘Times’ Review of ‘Les Liaisons’Ben Brantley declares Ben Daniels the star of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ much to our surprise.
  19. ranters and ravers
    Why Critics Want Grand Theft Auto IV to Be the ‘Godfather’ of Video GamesFor years, the producers at Rockstar Games have told anyone in earshot that they don’t just want cash: They want respect. And now they’re getting it.
  20. ranters and ravers
    ‘Times’ Review of Augusten Burroughs’ Memoir Basically Recommends James Frey’s Novel“There is a new kind of suspense in the air. It involves Mr. Burroughs’s literary future.”
  21. countdown
    Grand Theft Auto vs. ‘Iron Man’: GTA Strikes the Week’s First BlowCharting today’s ups and downs in the battle for the Greatest Pop-Culture Weekend of All Time.
  22. ranters and ravers
    Did Heath Ledger Really Slag Off Philip Seymour Hoffman? The ‘Times’ Says So!The ‘Times Book Review’ includes a highly questionable quotation purported to be from Heath Ledger. Vulture calls B.S.
  23. ranters and ravers
    What’s the Lead Review in the ‘Times’: ‘Harold & Kumar’ or Errol Morris?The serious Abu Ghraib documentary or the stoner Guantánamo comedy?
  24. ranters and ravers
    Bring Back ‘Moose Murders’!Revisiting John Simon’s review of the notorious 1983 Broadway flop.
  25. ranters and ravers
    ‘Observer’ Critic Compares Keith Gessen to Two Authors She Hasn’t ReadThe new supplement’s review of ‘All the Young Literary Men’ reads like an ‘Observer’ Young Turk profile, but meaner.
  26. ranters and ravers
    The Critic Is Dead, Says CriticWhile Patrick Goldstein makes a number of excellent points about the changing role of criticism in American culture, his essay suffers from its anticlimactic conclusion.
  27. ranters and ravers
    Joan Acocella Reviews ‘Dancing With the Stars’?The most prominent dance critic in America is reviewing a TV show that features a dancing Monica Seles.
  28. the best part
    Takashi Murakami’s Art Is Really Hard to Describe’Times’ reviewer Roberta Smith makes a valiant effort to boil down several chaotic, crazy-ass Murakamis into words, and the results are telling.
  29. ranters and ravers
    ‘21’ Proves You Can Judge a Movie by Its TrailerNope, ‘21’ didn’t get any better once ‘New Republic’ movie critic Christopher Orr actually saw it.
  30. ranters and ravers
    ‘Gypsy’: Ben Brantley Eats His HatIt’s not often that you go into opening night already knowing that both critics for the ‘Times’ are already on record as disliking your show.
  31. ranters and ravers
    Throwing Up Hands, Critic Reviews ‘21’ Based Solely on Its TrailerA critic strikes back against movie trailers that give the whole movie away.
  32. ranters and ravers
    The New York Critics Sharpen Their Knives for ‘Funny Games’You’ll be covering your eyes and reading through your fingers.
  33. ranters and ravers
    Once-Grumpy A.O. Scott Finds Love With ‘Definitely, Maybe’But is it really love?
  34. ranters and ravers
    Someone Forgot to Tell Janet Maslin That the ‘Times’ Loves Charles BockJust when we were getting all revved up with righteous indignation, guess who delivers a welcome blast of critical dismissal?
  35. ranters and ravers
    A.O. Scott Is Still Grumpy About ‘Over Her Dead Body’A.O. Scott, open your heart to the magic of bronzed and gleaming Hollywood stars!
  36. ranters and ravers
    Video-Game Critics Now As Powerless As Movie CriticsBut now, thanks to the market-expanding popularity of the Nintendo Wii, gamers are buying crap just like the rest of us.
  37. ranters and ravers
    Pity Poor A.O. Scott As the Dog Days of February ArriveSuch is the paucity of non-laughable films appearing today that even the Times’ estimable A.O. Scott must take one for the team and review Over Her Dead Body.
  38. ranters and ravers
    Critics Declare ‘4 Months’ the Last Word in the Shmashmortion DebateEven Christianity Today gets in on the act.
  39. kudos
    Congratulations to ‘New York’ Book Critic Sam Anderson!New York’s book critic is the winner of the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the NBCC.
  40. blurb patrol
    ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ Gets the Blurbiest Blurb That Ever BlurbedDid David Denby really say that?
  41. the list
    Vulture’s Critics’ Poll: What Was the Worst Movie of 2007?The movie that cost its star an Oscar is deemed the Worst of the Year.
  42. ranters and ravers
    America’s Best Book Critic: Your Mom“No, Mom. I’m not Ivan Brunetti’s girlfriend.”
  43. ranters and ravers
    Matt Zoller Seitz Can’t Take the PressureA Times reviewer freaks out in the middle of his big break.
  44. ranters and ravers
    Film Critics Aren’t Snooty Enough, Says Scott FoundasTake that, unsuitably elitist New York film critics!
  45. ranters and ravers
    Film Critics Are Too Snooty, Says Richard CorlissShame on you, critics! Shame on you for picking movies you really like!
  46. the take
    Christian Tomatoes: Faith-Based Critics Take on ‘The Golden Compass’“Consider this bit of sacrilege a taste of what’s to come.”
  47. kudos
    ‘There Will Be Blood’ Wins L.A. Film Critics; Which New York Wave Director Will Sweep the NYFCA?The Coens or Julian Schnabel?
  48. ranters and ravers
    Ben Brantley Gives Aaron Sorkin the Most Patronizing Review Ever?“A classroom presentation on a seven-figure budget.”
  49. blurb patrol
    America’s Movie Critics Hold Their Noses and Compliment Dane CookJust a few of the blurbs that Cook might want to cut and paste into his resume.
  50. ranters and ravers
    Please Do Not Approach Charles IsherwoodThe New York Times theater critic is at his snooty best in dismissing Fuerzabruta.
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