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Ranters And Ravers

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    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.
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    Is ‘New Yorker’ Critic James Wood Creating an Army of Like-minded Young Novelists?But what will James Wood do with his power???
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    Ebert and Roeper Leaving ‘Ebert & Roeper’And Ebert seems to give Disney a thumbs-down.
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    ‘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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    French Critics, Even Snootier Than Expected, Pan Cronenberg OperaWe assumed critics would take to ‘The Fly’ like flies to … you know. We were wrong.
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    First Review Confirms That ‘The Dark Knight’ Will Be Awesome, ProbablyPeter Travers says it’s great, pretty much confirming our long-held suspicion that it might be great.
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    ‘The Love Guru’ So Bad, Even Harry Knowles Hates ItEven the Internet’s easiest critic hates Mike Myers’s new movie.
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    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.
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    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.’
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    Is Anthony Lane’s ‘SATC’ Review Really Sexist?It is according to Jezebel, and to a whole lot of the site’s commenters.
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    Letters From Cannes: A.O. Scott Having Fun, Manohla Dargis Not So MuchDargis doesn’t like Clint Eastwood’s movie, doesn’t see James Gray’s, and God knows what she would think of the Macauley Culkin sex movie.
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    ‘Netherland’ Is Everywhere; How Long Before Hipsters Start Playing Cricket?We expect the grassy open spaces of Prospect Park to be filled with twentysomething Americans in dress whites by the end of the summer.
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    James Frey Gets His Wish: Janet Maslin Reviews His NovelThe critic who just last week telegraphed her opinion of Frey’s novel comes through with a rave.
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    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.
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    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.
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    ‘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.”
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    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.
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    What’s the Lead Review in the ‘Times’: ‘Harold & Kumar’ or Errol Morris?The serious Abu Ghraib documentary or the stoner Guantánamo comedy?
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    Bring Back ‘Moose Murders’!Revisiting John Simon’s review of the notorious 1983 Broadway flop.
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    ‘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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    ‘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.
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    ‘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.
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    Throwing Up Hands, Critic Reviews ‘21’ Based Solely on Its TrailerA critic strikes back against movie trailers that give the whole movie away.
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    How Dirty Is That Auden Poem That Was Too Dirty for the ‘Times Book Review’?It is really, really, really, really dirty. So we’re reprinting the entire thing.
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    The New York Critics Sharpen Their Knives for ‘Funny Games’You’ll be covering your eyes and reading through your fingers.
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    America’s Critics Unanimously Declare ‘Semi-Pro’ ‘Semi-Funny’It’s true!
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    Once-Grumpy A.O. Scott Finds Love With ‘Definitely, Maybe’But is it really love?
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    A.O. Scott Still on Romantic-Comedy Detail, Getting GrumpierThey made him see Fool’s Gold this time.
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    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?
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    Critics Declare ‘4 Months’ the Last Word in the Shmashmortion DebateEven Christianity Today gets in on the act.
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    Does ‘Cloverfield’ Actually Mean Something?So far, most of Cloverfield’s reviews tend to praise it — or write it off — as a simple movie about a giant monster biting a hole through greater Manhattan (and lots of Manhattanites). But could it be something deeper?
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    ‘Cloverfield’ Gets the Harry Knowles Stamp of ApprovalIn an over-the-top rave the likes of which have not been seen since David Denby’s review for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Ain’t It Cool News’ Harry Knowles declares Cloverfield “Utterly Brilliant,” a “true milestone in film,” and “a complete reinvention of the disaster movie, the giant monster movie, and even the love story.”
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    America’s Best Book Critic: Your Mom“No, Mom. I’m not Ivan Brunetti’s girlfriend.”
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    A.O. Scott Sees the Darker Side of ‘Sweeney Todd,’ the Lighter Side of ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’Doing double duty today, the Times’s venerable cutup A.O. Scott reviews one movie that we’ve quite been looking forward to (Sweeney Todd) and another we figured we’d wait to catch on DVD (Charlie Wilson’s War).
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    Matt Zoller Seitz Can’t Take the PressureA Times reviewer freaks out in the middle of his big break.
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    Film Critics Aren’t Snooty Enough, Says Scott FoundasTake that, unsuitably elitist New York film critics!
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    Film Critics Are Too Snooty, Says Richard CorlissShame on you, critics! Shame on you for picking movies you really like!
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    Charles Isherwood Declares ‘August: Osage County’ the Next ‘Thom Pain’Another head-scratching rave from the Times theater critic?
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    Ben Brantley Gives Aaron Sorkin the Most Patronizing Review Ever?“A classroom presentation on a seven-figure budget.”
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    ‘Playboy’ Editor Calls Sasha Frere-Jones a RacistSasha-Frere Jones’s recent New Yorker piece “A Paler Shade of White: How Indie Rock Lost Its Soul” has inspired its biggest outrage yet!
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    Please Do Not Approach Charles IsherwoodThe New York Times theater critic is at his snooty best in dismissing Fuerzabruta.
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    Sam Anderson: How Critics, Including Me, Screwed Up Our Alice Sebold ReviewsHow did we all get an important plot detail so totally wrong?
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    Which Critic Can Say the Meanest Thing About ‘Viva Laughlin’?Can anyone beat Alessandra Stanley’s gold standard?
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