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.”