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Blame where you must, be candid where you can, and be each critic the good-natured man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The actor searches vainly for the sound of a vanished tradition, and critic and audience follow suit. We have lost all sense of ritual and ceremony -- whether it be connected with Christmas, birthdays or funerals -- but the words remain with us and old impulses stir in the marrow. We feel we should have rituals, we should do something about getting them and we blame the artists for not finding them for us. So the artist sometimes attempts to find new rituals with only his imagination as his source: he imitates the outer form of ceremonies, pagan or baroque, unfortunately adding his own trapping -- the result is rarely convincing. And after the years and years of weaker and waterier imitations we now find ourselves rejecting the very notion of a holy stage. It is not the fault of the holy that it has become a middle-class weapon to keep the children good.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Time is the only critic without ambition.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?More [04/20/2006 12:04:00]
They usually roll their eyes and refer to me on "The A-Team" by saying, 'Gee, you really are wacko, right?' Yet, as I've told my wife, this is easy for me to deal with because I've been ridiculed for twenty-five years by every major critic in this country.More [05/04/2006 12:05:00]
Ned Kynaston: A critic is born.
Sir Charles Sedley: And all because I thought you were a whore and grabbed your cock.More [05/01/2007 12:05:00]
Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.More [08/21/2007 12:08:00]
Bill Foster: [to customer at WhammyBurger] How are you enjoying your meal?
[customer vomits onto tray]
Bill Foster: [to manager] I think we have a critic here! I don't think she likes the special sauce, Rick... That was a joke.More [10/30/2007 12:10:00]
Ellsworth Toohey:
I feel it is my duty to offer you my advice.

Gail Wynand:
Whom do you recommend?

Ellsworth Toohey:
The rising star of the profession, Peter Keating. No other architect can equal his ability. That Mr. Wynant, is my sincere opinion.

Gail Wynand:
I believe you.

Ellsworth Toohey:
You do?

Gail Wynand:
Of course, but Mr. Toohey, why should I consider your opinion?

Ellsworth Toohey:
Well, after all, I am the architectural critic of The Banner.

Gail Wynand:
My dear Toohey, don;t confuse me with my readers!

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Addison DeWitt:
My name is Addison DeWitt. My native habitat is the theater. In it I toil not, neither do I spin. I am a critic and commentator. I am essential to the theatre.

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Prof. Henry Jarrod:
I'm afraid that the visit of a such distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me their creator, they live and breathe.

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Oliver Larding:


Oliver Larding:

Edward Lionheart:
No, Larding! So, this critic slept through my Richard, did he? No doubt because you supped too much, you drunken hog. You may know that in Richard III, Clarence... and I do want you to try out for that part, Larding... was drowned in a vat of wine!

Oliver Larding:

[the tramps grab him and begin to drown him in a barrel]

Edward Lionheart:
Excellent, Larding, I'll make an actor of you yet.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[the phantom meets Harrison, the opera critic in a steam room]

Erik Destler:
Could it be that I saw you at the opera last night?

It's possible, I am the opera critic of the Gazette.

Erik Destler:
Indeed, I found your account of Christine Day's performance, some what troubling. Could it be that we saw different shows?

Ah Ms. Day, I was sorry for her, embarrassed really, the role was beyond her!

Erik Destler:
Then perhaps you weren't afforded a seat befitting your status and your knowledge of the arts. The acoustics are somewhat inconsistent. Should you reconsider your evaluation, I could provide you with a private box.

Sir you flatter me, but in all truthfulness, I think I would rather die than to listen to that shrieking child for another evening.

Erik Destler:
As you wish!

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The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.More [07/09/2011 10:07:36]
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.More [07/11/2011 01:07:39]
However, I was a restaurant critic at Chicago magazine before I worked at Esquire, and I've been a really enthusiastic home cook for a long time. It's just something I'm passionate about.More [07/13/2011 05:07:17]
I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.More [07/19/2011 12:07:37]
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.More [07/21/2011 07:07:15]
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.More [07/30/2011 12:07:21]
Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when he's criticizing.More [08/02/2011 09:08:14]
The critic should describe, and not prescribe.More [08/10/2011 05:08:39]
My inner critic who had begun piping up about how hopeless I was and how I didn't know to write.More [08/17/2011 03:08:45]
[But to others, Rice's testimony served as an effective response to recent criticism and will probably help ease some of the controversy.] I don't think the Bush administration could have been better served, ... This was a brilliant performance and I say this as a critic of the Bush administration on a lot of things.More [09/30/2011 10:09:38]
I don't think the Bush administration could have been better served. This was a brilliant performance and I say this as a critic of the Bush administration on a lot of things.More [09/30/2011 11:09:03]
Music is emotional, and you may catch a musician in a very unemotional mood or you may not be in the same frame of mind as the musician. So a critic will often say a musician is slipping.More [10/03/2011 12:10:20]
I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.More [10/11/2011 11:10:50]
The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action. More [10/21/2011 09:10:48]
Asking a critic to name his favorite book is like asking a butcher to name his favorite pig.More [11/03/2011 05:11:22]
I'm afraid the visit of such a distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me, their creator, they live and breathe.More [12/08/2011 02:12:28]
There are no critic reviews yet for Blondie. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!More [06/16/2012 03:06:27]
I knew that if that critic didn't like it I probably would.More [06/18/2012 06:06:39]
I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.More [07/22/2012 05:07:09]
Everyone's a music critic and everyone has an opinion.More [09/19/2012 04:09:15]
The critic leaves at curtain fall To find, in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play at all For starting to review it.More [06/30/2013 05:06:52]
We've all been called man-haters. There was one point in my career, also, where I realized a certain breed of critic would project a sinister breed of feminism on everything I did.More [09/04/2013 06:09:15]
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.More Who Will Cry When You Die?: Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari [06/21/2016 08:06:17]
The most severe critic is a competitor in the workshop.More [12/22/2016 08:12:38]
The God's critic is the one who keeps the exact line between criticism and insult.More [01/04/2017 05:01:41]
I've always said that an art critic can put aside politics around art.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I am an Episcopalian who takes the faith of my fathers seriously, and I would, I think, be disheartened if my own young children were to turn away from the church when they grow up. I am also a critic of Christianity, if by critic one means an observer who brings historical and literary judgment to bear on the texts and traditions of the church.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In the later books I am much more at home in the use of language to describe things. I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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