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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Introducing Film Evaluation

Introducing Film Evaluation

(p.147) Chapter 7 Introducing Film Evaluation
Engaging the Moving Image

Noël Carroll

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how film critics come to mind whenever one thinks of evaluating films. These are people who are in the business of pronouncing on the value of films. There are so many films to see and so little time. Thus, almost all of us have to fall back on the recommendations of film critics in order to inform our choice of viewing fare. There are several different ways in which the role of a film critic may be pursued. Some critics attempt to function as consumer reporters—trying to predict which films most of their readership will enjoy. Other critics aim at being taste-makers—identifying which films are special, and in the best of cases, suggesting how the rest of us might go on to appreciate them.

Keywords:   film critics, film evaluation, consumer reporters, taste-makers

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