Check out this excellent look at what it means to be a film critic, by former critic turned “Crunchy Con,” Rod Dreher. Best part:
“I’ll never forget how staggered I was to watch an audience filled with most of the major film critics in North America giving a film festival standing ovation to that sicko Todd Solondz’ film “Happiness,” which, among other things, featured a grown man’s attempt to drug and anally rape a child played for comedy. (I seem to recall that some reviews later appreciatively noted the skill with which the director manipulated the viewer into rooting for the rapist to succeed.)”
I must not be like most critics, because I hated that film, too.