Midweek Mouth-off: The right reviewer for the job

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TheMovies.co.za’s recent decision to publish Second Opinion reviews for high profile, potentially divisive movies like Prometheus (Kervyn’s review, Noelle’s review) and Mad Buddies (Gavin’s review, Kervyn’s review) has certainly led to a lot of heated debate and disagreement.

So today’s question is: Should films only be reviewed by reviewers who are in the target audience, or is it open season?

Does every critic have the right to weigh in regardless of their personal preferences? For example, should a Cinema Nouveau regular get to review Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son? And vice versa: should an Adam Sandler fanatic be entitled to write about slow-burn intellectual fare like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? Is it a question of “fairness” to the reader – matching critics to the movie so there can be no claims of negative preconceptions affecting review scores – or is it up to the readers themselves to decide who’s opinions they can trust… or take with a grain of salt?

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: July 4, 2012

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

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