Boston Globe Film Critic Ty Burr adds to the recent articles about the job and the qualifications of the movie critic...
So what does a critic bring to the table? What the reader needs: Context. I spent my high school and college years and post-college years watching movies, reading about film history, learning about the movie industry (Hollywood and elsewhere), studying film theory, parsing the mysteries of shot language and the grammar of editing. Far from over, the education continues with every new book
on the subject, every new release in theaters, and, really, everything under the sun. A critic who's an expert in his or her field yet knows nothing about life is a particularly useless sort of monk.