What is the first reaction you have when you read a review?
Do you take what the critic has to say to heart? Will their opinion ultimately sway you to buy a product, listen to music or watch a film?
A lot of what makes up that answer has to do primarily with credibility. You have to simply consider the source. When Rolling Stone Magazine says an album isn't very good, chances are they're probably spot on. The same goes for the late Roger Ebert, a film critic that was lauded for his linguistic properties as a critic, but more so because most of the time we knew what he was talking about as it pertained to movies.
Credible sources included, you can't always chalk up the critics opinions as being gospel or the people behind the thoughts as the end all, be all of what is liked and disliked. Critics largely will tell you that you don't have to like what they have to say, because it is just an opinion, and everyone has one.
That said, you have to laugh at most and chuckle at least when you read critics who have blasted and picked apart various movies and music over the years, and most likely were incredibly crass and condescending as a result, often times hammering these artists and film makers alike with harsh words and the kind of rhetoric that is rough.
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