For a few days Toy Story 3 enjoyed a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes and then one critic comes along who seemingly writes a bad review just to knock the popular film off its perch. That has happened time and again with Pixar and other well reviewed films and the citizens of Rotten Tomatoes have had enough starting a debate about what is film criticism and what is its place.
I suggest starting with this piece from Q. Le’s Tumblr blog where he takes on the need for film criticism and criticism in general. Then move to Paul Brunick’s look at the Toy Story 3 matter and why, while the criticism was faulty, that’s no reason to ban the critic.
I’ve found that there are a few film critics with whom I find myself agreeing with their take on films and I tend to listen to them more than any rating on Rotten Tomatoes.