criticism

8.5.19

Jia Tolentino Doesn't Care What You Think About Millennials

In the writer's debut book, 'Trick Mirror,' she embraces everything usually condemned about her much-maligned generation.

3.26.19

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.

11.6.18

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.

7.23.18

Why Do We Dislike People Who Seem Too Nice?

Psychologists call it “antisocial punishment” or “do-gooder derogation.”

4.30.18

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.

1.23.18

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?

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10.27.17

'Suburbicon' Is George Clooney's Worst Film Yet

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

10.5.17

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.

8.31.17

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.

8.25.17

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.

8.18.17

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.

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