The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet
Everything is entertainment; criticism is now entertainment and it seems that the French directors have woken up one day and suddenly realised that they were not backed up any more.
I believe in criticism.
Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give, or that it exceeds your province.
If an artist has talent, he needs no other critic.
It's better to say, 'I'm suffering,' than to say, 'This landscape is ugly.
Only the very rarest of princes can endure even a little criticism, and few of them can put up with even a pause in the adulation.
People praise us behind our backs, but we hear them not; few before our faces, and who is not suspicious of the truth of such praise?
Were I wrong, one professor would have been enough.
To my eye Rubens' colouring is most contemptible. His shadows are a filthy brown somewhat the colour of excrement.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader.
People fed on sugared praises cannot be expected to feel an appetite for the black broth of honest criticism.
Here, reality is not subordinated to painting, indeed painting seems the handmaid of reality, though we feel it tending towards a procedure which, while not at the mercy of appearances, is not yet in conflict with them.
Worship the spirit of criticism.
An artist must pass judgment only on what he understands; his range is limited as that of any other specialist... Anyone who says that the artist's field is all answers and no questions has neither.
I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
Cold exactitude is not art... The so-called consciousness of the majority of painters is only perfection applied to the art of boring. People like that, if they could, would work with the same minute attention on the back of their canvas.
Criticism is like many other things, it drags along after what has already been said and doesn't get out of its rut.
Forbid that I should judge others, lest I condemn myself.
There's good directors and bad directors. Some of the critics are really conscientious and really try to do what they can popularize the work or to explain the work and so on. And then there's the critics who just wants to make a reputation by attacking. Those are the ones I'm not keen on.
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