“Only a Lover Can Be a Critic.”

Growing up, I loved Siskel & Ebert & The Movies, because unlike the entertainment reporters and talk-show hosts that aired earlier in the day, Siskel and Ebert talked about films. They weren’t concerned with gossip or awards or politics. They focused on movies, pure and simple. They argued a film’s merits and deficiencies. They praised good stories and lambasted bad ones. They knew what they liked and didn’t like, and they had the ability to explain why. From Siskel and Ebert, I began to learn the language of film criticism, but more than that, I began to learn how to better love films.

Only a lover can be a critic.

Elijah Davidson is talking about the question that will direct our discussions at the upcoming Reel Spirituality event: Is film criticism dead?

The question has been coming up a lot lately. That’s why I wrote a “Letter to a Young Film Critic,” which is available in the new issue of Comment magazine. Order your copy here.

  • Facebook
"Any film which inspires the words "I want sequels" in today's franchise-happy film world must ..."

Inside Out (2015)
"Thanks. I have confused the titles before, so I wasn't sure if I had done ..."

What Specialists Are Saying About Jurassic ..."
"Sorry. My bad. Italicizing in a hurry. I've corrected it."

What Specialists Are Saying About Jurassic ..."
"Did I type "Jurassic Park" in my comment? I totally thought I typed "Jurassic World.""

What Specialists Are Saying About Jurassic ..."

Browse Our Archives