criticism

Culture

This Writer Challenged Ariana Grande. Then Her Stans Attacked

Roslyn Talusan didn’t think her thread on Grande would result in days of harassment, doxxing, and death threats.
Manisha Krishnan
4.29.19
Culture

It Feels Like We're Getting Closer and Closer to the Dystopia of 'Children of Men'

Tucked within Alfonso Cuarón's depiction of bloodshed and social upheaval are parallels to our troubled times that illuminate, especially, the current state of the immigration debate.
Clayton Schuster
3.26.19
movies

'Galaxy Quest' Knew the Power of Fandom Before the Rest of Us Did

The 20-year-old sci-fi/comedy predicted our nostalgia-obsessed media landscape eerily well.
Frederick Blichert
3.12.19
Essays

Do People Who Hate Kanye Have Dreams?

We're all constantly yelling at each other about Radiohead or Lana Del Rey or Whatever Else. Is it even possible to like anything anymore? What the hell is happening to us?
Zachary Lipez
1.23.18
Film

'Suburbicon' Is George Clooney's Worst Film Yet

The actor-director's latest is just another step in his steep decline.
Jason Bailey
10.27.17
Weed

Marijuana Critics Describe What It's Like to Have the World's Best Job

And why the continued normalization of the drug is the key to a job well done.
Luke Winkie
8.18.17
Features

HARD Summer’s Video Director: “People Are Shaming Me Back to the Fart Jokes Where I Belong.”

Agata Alexander responds to criticism of her controversial trailer—and insists she wouldn't change a thing.
Rachel Kraus
5.5.17
Features

The Neoliberal Night Out: Why Clubbing Doesn't Feel Radical Anymore

Nightlife is bigger business than ever, but we're forgetting why it was so vital in the first place.
Tom Glencross
4.5.17
the vice reader

The Surprising Benefits of Hating Everything

Essayist Mark Greif’s new book <i>Against Everything</i> doesn’t tell you how to live, but it does encourage you to really think about how you’re living.
Lauren Oyler
9.8.16
Stuff

How Primal Scream Therapy Has Survived Five Decades of Strangeness and Controversy

Arthur Janov's primal therapy became a cultural phenomenon in the 60s and 70s, but today most experts say that the technique is unhelpful and can even be harmful to some patients. So how has it endured?
Oliver Hotham
2.22.16
Stuff

The Surprisingly Heroic Soap Opera Tropes of ‘Orphan Black’

The popular show embraces and subverts soap opera-style storytelling to create groundbreaking television.
Noah Berlatsky
6.16.15
Film

Bad Servants: Benoît Jacquot’s 'Diary of a Chambermaid' and a Critic’s Berlinale

Jacquot's film is compulsively watchable, refreshingly unsexy, and successful in its patchwork depiction of its protagonist's prison-like existence.
Ben Mauk
2.20.15
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