Roger Ebert, in his review of The Longest Yard (which is a fantastic review and a great look at why movie reviewing is so freakin’ hard to do well) says something which really resonates with me:

There is a sense in which attacking this movie is like kicking a dog for not being better at calculus.

I really think that this is true of many films, and I think it is a great failing of our profession that most reviewers really don’t get that. For pete’s sake, if it’s a good dog, pat it on the head and give it a cookie.

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