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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

wtf: film critics showered with gifts! (not)

The site Adam Weekley is obviously one of those evil fake blogs that exists for the sole reason of posting links to other sites that sell crap. But as pointless and as likely totally unread as the site is, I simply can’t resist highlighting and laughing at something I discovered there (via a Google alert on the phrase “movie critcs”), in a “post” entitled “Dreadful Movies Of The Past Decade And Why They Are So Bad”:

It’s very common in the corporate realm for people to give out gifts. Gifts can come in any manner and for any purpose. Some are corporate gifts given out to employees and other times people give out promotional merchandise to represent their company or product in hopes of getting the receivers of said merchandise to use their service or buy their product in the future. Actually, it is a fairly common thing in the film industry to give out gifts to movie critics at a pre screening in the hopes that maybe it will influence their review somewhat. But, there are some movies that nothing can help. Yes, some films are so horribly made that if the producers gave the critics at their pre screening each their own island in the South Pacific the reviews would still be unanimously terrible, and this is a list of some of those movies along with brief plot summaries.

(emphasis mine)
Ahahahahahaha!

No, it isn’t fairly common for film critics to receive gifts at screenings.

That is all.

No, wait:

Ahahahahahaha!



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  • I was amazed they gave us free concession coupons one time, but it was just because they were showing trailers for all the Fox 2010 movies. Free candy and soda is their definition of a reception.

  • MaryAnn

    Sometimes — very rarely — at a family film we’ll get free popcorn, but I think that’s mostly meant to keep the kiddies from running around and screaming. It’s clearly not a bribe to get a good review. :->

  • Jurgan

    Well, there are the junket whores. Maybe that’s what he was referring to? I thought I’d heard that that was depressingly common, but I guess that’s only for a few “critics” and not universal.

  • MaryAnn

    Junket whores are not critics, and junkets are not screenings.

    This guy is pretty specific about where the gifts are given out and to whom they go. Maybe he lives in a different universe where such things happen.

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