Tag: Critic’s Day

Critic’s Day: A film reviewer on being blocked, fired and sued for doing his job

Aaron Yap is one of the most insightful film critics in New Zealand. Unfortunately his cerebral reviews have lost him friends and infuriated people. He recounts his bad times below.

Critic’s Day: Duncan Greive wrote a horrible review of Open Souls. The band recorded a song about him. Years later, they talked it out

Today The Spinoff assesses the state of the professional critic in New Zealand with four pieces – two new, two older – which reflect on the challenges the form faces.  The final …

Critic’s Day: Peter Calder’s classic column ‘Job of others to nurture fragile flower of art’

In 2002 a small storm erupted when the brilliant film, theatre and restaurant critic Peter Calder dared to negatively review a local production. An actor involved angrily accused him of traitorousness, or some other rubbish. Below we reprint, with Calder's kind permission, his scorching response.

Critic’s Day: A professional theatre critic explains why New Zealand theatre criticism sucks

Today The Spinoff assesses the state of the professional critic in New Zealand with four pieces – two new, two older – which reflect on the challenges the form faces. Here theatre critic Sam Brooks assesses the state of his art.