“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

When reviewers go TOOOO Far ...
Saturday, August 8, 2009

Good day. Please consider this last line from The New Yorker magazine's review of the movie "500 Days of Summer": ...Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void."

Don't you think that's unnecessarily bitchy and mean? As an author I have to deal with negative reviews at times, and I'll tell you what: reviews like the one above just plain hurt my feelings. There's a difference between being critical and being mean. I think this reviewer just crossed the line.


2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Agree. Ideally, critics help us make our own choices about subjective matters.

Catty comments are not useful, not interesting. It's childish.

Critics: Give us something we can use to form our own opinions. Don't try to impress us with your clever use of language. Undernourished?

-David

August 10, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one uses the word "ostensibly" unless they're trying to compensate for a lack of something. Perhaps he needs a shoe lift, a hair piece or a bigger — sense of self.

from Sh*thead's mom

September 5, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

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