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the "Amy Nicholson Effect" - comments gone wild

Grey Havens

Apr 30 2012, 9:47pm

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the "Amy Nicholson Effect" - comments gone wild [In reply to] Can't Post

Amy Nicholson (editor of Boxoffice magazine) published an Avengers review giving it 3 of 5 stars, mostly because it could have done so much more. She listed a number of positive points. When Rotten Tomatoes picked it up, they translated the 60% as 'Rotten' -- and Amy has been vilified in hundreds of comments, many by people who can't have seen the movie yet.

Now her review may have missed the boat (I am not a professional critic, nor have I seen the film). What is making this story newsworthy is the intensity, misogyny, and virulence of the responses. People have hoped that she dies in a fire or kills herself; they have accused her of sleeping her way into her job (she *is* the boss), trolling for hits, accepting money from RT or DC Comics, being all sorts of four-letter and five-letter words based on her sex, etc.

News articles from the Philippine Sun to the UK Guardian have criticized the criticism. Amy was at CinemaCon when the controversy broke and has elected (wisely IMHO) to avoid reading the RT comments. The one I find most hurtful claims that her daddy bought her degree, when in fact he died young and she had to put herself through school (two BAs and an MA). She's a National Merit Scholar, is a member of LAFCA, has been a critic for 10 yrs, votes for Academy Awards, and in many other ways has good credentials.

I hope and trust that anyone in the TORn family knows how to play fair and to criticize another's work or opinion without making personal attacks. Thanks for listening.


"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."

Subject User Time
Film Friday: 'Avengers' movie succeeds despite shortcomings News From Bree Send a private message to News From Bree Apr 26 2012, 8:52pm
    you bring up a problem I have with most of these movies Annael Send a private message to Annael Apr 27 2012, 2:34pm
        Like you said... JB-the-Hunter Send a private message to JB-the-Hunter Apr 28 2012, 2:12am
            What I thought was interesting about the Thor movie Kelly of Water's Edge Send a private message to Kelly of Water's Edge Apr 28 2012, 2:34pm
        Tom Hiddleston alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Apr 28 2012, 12:57pm
    the "Amy Nicholson Effect" - comments gone wild ElanorTX Send a private message to ElanorTX Apr 30 2012, 9:47pm
        Really interesting MrCere Send a private message to MrCere May 1 2012, 11:18am


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