As someone who went to school for cinema studies, I would tentatively say that professional critics never had much clout with the mainstream. Sure, folks aren’t opening to the movie review section of their newspapers anymore, but the same subculture who actively read film reviews and analyses are still doing so. If anything, I’d say social media helped to fuel my cinephilia as I met many like-minded film buffs to banter with on the Internet.
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The argument that the role of the professional critic is dying is nothing new (Armond White just lamented the profession’s “loss of independence” a few hours ago), but it certainly has a number of new voices adding to it. In an article for The Canadian Press, Victoria Ahearn spoke with people like David Cronenberg, Canadian critic Richard Crouse, “The Interview” co-director Evan Goldberg, “Young Ones” director Jake Paltrow and more about the diminishing role of the critic.