Arabian (arabian) wrote,

Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwartzbaum -- The Worst Critic Alive?

Possibly. I generally don't make note of reviewers to like or dislike their reviews. I agree, disagree or fall somewhere in between. However, Lisa has certainly made her criticisms well-known to me. I have been a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly from almost its inception. Owen Gleiberman was the main movie critic then and I'm not sure when Schwartzbaum began reviewing, but it was just an occasional one. Then it started to grow to the point where she reviewed stuff in every issue and the ratio went from 4-1 (Owen-Lisa) to gradually, 3-2 and then in the last year or so, equal footing. But I've noticed in the last few issues that Schwartzbaum appears to be the lead critic now. Frankly, I can not fathom why. I've lost count of how many letters I've read blasting Schwartzbaum. In an issue not too long ago, Schwartzbaum responded to the 'Ask a Critic' column with a rebuke to a letter-writer "[so and so], no I am not the worst critic alive." My immediate thought was "YES, YOU ARE!" She's pretentious, over-the-top, at times undecipherable, throws words and phrases together that appear thrown together just because she thinks it makes her look smart (it doesn't) and is just plain annoying. I used to play a game of seeing if I could tell if it was an OG review or an LS -- occasionally it was different reviewer. I couldn't differentiate Gleiberman from guest reviews, but I pretty much nailed every time it was Schwartzbaum because of her affected, vainglorious and grandiloquent prose (that there was my copying Schwartzbaum's "style"). And now that she seems to be EW's lead movie critic, I rarely read their movie reviews anymore because I can't stand to read that woman's idiocy put to paper. Ugh!

Am I the only one with this unnatural loathing for this movie critic?

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