Seeing Stars – Billington Replies

Theatre critic Michael Billington responds to David Hare’s criticism of the newspaper stars system for reviews. “The problem is there are two sides to the case. As a critic, I often curse star ratings. Yet I know that a four- or five-star review can cause a stampede at the box office for a show that might easily be overlooked. As an occasional moviegoer and CD buyer, I also find the star system helpful in sorting wheat from chaff.”

Source: The Guardian (UK) - 01/21/04