Veteran film critic Marshall Fine’s personal website is cleverly titled Hollywood & Fine. But this week, as has now been famously documented, he was also placed at the intersection of passion & anonymity after posting to Rotten Tomatoes the first negative review of The Dark Knight Rises.
Matt Singer caught up with Fine today for an IndieWire “Critic Watch” Q&A. Fine was once fired by a Mississippi newspaper for panning an Anita Bryant concert performance, so the wrath of RT commenters pales in comparison. Nevertheless, Fine is to be commended for remaining so even-tempered about it all:
“I guess to me it [reader anger] crosses a line if someone shows up on my front step. Otherwise everyone’s entitled to their opinion. People have strong feelings about this stuff.”
“Is it unfortunate that this is the way people express themselves? Well, yeah, I think it’s a measure of how powerless people feel in this society in general. Here’s their chance to get their rocks off at someone they don’t know. Is it any worse than calling up the White House and leaving an obscene message? I certainly don’t put myself on the same level as President Obama, but it’s the same sort of response.”
AP’s Christy Lemire was also targeted by angry RT commenters for posting the second negative TDRK critique, before that functionality was temporaril suspended. She kept a running commentary about the fallout on her Twitter page.
To read the full Singer-Fine Q&A, click here.