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Article of the Month – Everybody’s a Critic. And That’s How It Should Be.

Oscar season is upon us and film critic A.O. Scott takes a moment to reflect on the current state of the Oscars. But rather than devolve into a screed censuring the committee for its race bias—which he duly chastises for “racial homogeneity”—Scott takes on the much broader idea of what it means to be a critic. Is he even necessary, or nothing more than a paid hack who, in the Twitter age, has all the relevancy of the printing press?

The article is at turns acerbic, witty, and frustrating, as Scott tries to answer this slippery question of taste: Is it all subjective or is there some objective aesthetic standard that is always at war with the movie-industrial-complex? (Or is it mere snobbery to even pose such a question!) You be the judge.

Words to look out for:


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6 Responses to Article of the Month – Everybody’s a Critic. And That’s How It Should Be.

  1. Nnamdi February 9, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for your comment. I feel much better now. It’s really difficult to deal with a poor result especially after serious preparation. I did well on all my practice tests but I don’t know what went wrong on the test day. Thanks for believing that I can still be successful. I almost gave up on my dreams. I’ll take the GRE again to prove to ETS that I can make a 160+ on both sections but this would be after drafting a new and more detailed study plan that concentrates on my weak areas. I just need more encouragement. I also need to deal with test day anxiety. Once again, I’m really grateful for your post

  2. Tanya February 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Great article!
    I found another interesting one teeming with GRE vocabulary –

  3. Nnamdi February 5, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    I’m so disappointed. Took the GRE today and received very mediocre scores. This was after 5-6 hours of study daily for 1 month plus. Used Magoosh, Kaplan and Manhattan materials but still scored 151Q and 152V. Tarnished my hope for graduate school funding. So so disappointed. My practice tests on PowerPrep deceived me. Plus I don’t have money to retake the test. I’m so down. Pls any words of encouragement from anybody?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Nnamdi,

      First, I’m so sorry that your GRE score wasn’t what you had hoped! Studying diligently and devoting yourself to preparation only to be disappointed is difficult. 🙁

      You still broke 300, though, and your scores are evenly developed, so while your dream of funding due to a high GRE score may not work out, I think your score can still help you pursue your studies! Perhaps someone else will have some personal insight in this situation, but I want to make sure you know that your time was not wasted and you can still be successful! 🙂

    • Prashant March 9, 2016 at 3:09 am #

      Hi Nnamdi,

      Looking at your scores and the level of preparation as mentioned by you , I believe you skipped the initial questions on the Manhattan 5 pound in every topic( Q. 1 – 20). The problems appear easy but the problem is the language of the question that tricks you. I suggest you try solving those, at least verbally or even going through the solutions to those questions will help you understand what is asked of the question.

      I am sure you can boost your score significantly with the level of preparation that you have acquired, at least in the quant section. My best guess is around 165 in quant!

  4. Borun February 2, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    I already read and found those word… 🙂

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