Critical Conversation: Critics Under The Stars

As the critics’ blog wraps up, Fiona Maddocks wonders whether the “star system” forced on many critics by their employers (in which each performance is rated numerically, rather than merely being thoughtfully reviewed) doesn’t encourage more extremist views in the critic. “It discourages exploratory debate or, perish the thought, subtlety. It’s just another demonstration of the trend to treat reviews chiefly as a consumer service.”