criticism

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
Essays

Why It's Still Good to Me: Robert Christgau Reflects on a Half Century of Rock Criticism

The critic's new book 'Is It Still Good to Ya?' is out now.
Robert Christgau
11.6.18
psychology

Why Do We Dislike People Who Seem Too Nice?

Psychologists call it “antisocial punishment” or “do-gooder derogation.”
Jesse Hicks
7.23.18
God of War

I Really Like 'God of War,' But Reserve The Right to Change My Mind

With everything else in life, the arguments and viewpoints of others influence my thinking. It's the same with video games, too.
Patrick Klepek
4.30.18
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
Blade Runner 2049

I Spent Years Not Caring About a 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Now I'm a Mess

The original film is big part of why I became a critic.
Austin Walker
10.5.17
Music

American Pop Music Is a Story of Race, Sex, and Power

Ann Powers's new book, 'Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music,' charts the complex relationship between bodies and music, and it manages to do so without descending into objectification.
Judy Berman
8.31.17
Culture

Why People Treat Taylor Swift's Albums Like They're the Damn 'Da Vinci Code'

Since the pop star released her new single, which very obviously references a series of public feuds she's recently been embroiled in, her fans have been obsessively searching for subtext that probably isn't there.
Lauren Oyler
8.25.17
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
actually it's good

You Need to Watch 'The Covenant,' a Film About Shirtless Male Witches

When "The Covenant" came out in 2006, it was universally panned. We rewatched the film and have decided that it's a masterpiece, mostly because it features a shirtless Tim Riggins and shirtless Nate from "Gossip Girl" doing witchcraft.
Callie Beusman
Diana Tourjée
7.12.17
parenting

People Are Obsessed with Criticizing Moms' Parenting Choices, Study Confirms

We talked to the researcher behind the study to understand how this sort of criticism can lead to further maternal anxiety and other adverse side effects.
Kimberly Lawson
6.19.17
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