Ring Fans Pile On Critic

Movie critic David Sterritt did the unexplainable – he panned Lord of the Rings. Ane then the floods of emails began arriving. “Most of the e-mails can be grouped into a few basic categories. Many come from people who feel I’ve hopelessly misunderstood author J.R.R. Tolkien and filmmaker Peter Jackson all my life, and want to set me straight. Others complain I’m just snooty and want to flaunt my supercilious airs. Still others take genuine pity on me, and want to enlighten me so I can love the movies too.”