Critical breakdown

A mini debate has raged of late about the future of film criticism, and the fact that only film critics seem interested in it suggests that the future is grim. Nonetheless I plan to weigh in on the topic in the near future, but before doing so I’d like to point out that behavior like that of John Boonstra, former film critic for “The Hartford Advocate,” does not make that future any brighter. Boonstra was picked up by the Stamford Police Department in a sting operation, charged with soliciting sex with minors. A true professional to the end, Boonstra discussed with the arresting officers his review of “Spider-Man 3.” However, he forgot the film critic’s cardinal rule: with great power comes great responsibility.

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