Online Movie Critics In The Fast Lane

A growing number of online movie critics is having more influence on young movie fans than traditional critics. “Simply, broadband is beating out the newstand when it comes to finding a quick recommendation on a new release – especially because some websites post critiques earlier than print reviewers, often sidestepping embargoes set by the studios. But the freedom of the Web to print anything – no formal credentials or editor required – has set off a debate over whether the proliferation of online reviewers has strengthened the overall state of film criticism or weakened it.”