Citizen Critic

Citizen Critic

Everyone's a critic, but that doesn't make them immune to criticism. From the famously wrong slams on beloved and iconic movies and music, to the humble user reviews of a Chili’s appetizer, Scott Janovitz and Greg Conley take on the hot takes from professionals and amateurs alike.... Show More

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August 12, 2020 3 min

Phil Spector: Murderer. Musical genius. His story is told from the perspective of those who knew him best, his famous so-called friends. Blood On The Tracks is part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, the host of the award winning music and true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND, featuring the fictionalized voices of Lenny Bruce, Ronnie Spector, Ike Turner, Debbie Harry an...

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July 27, 2020 53 min

The epic tale of Mötley Crüe. Terrible people, doing terrible things, while making terrible music. Some reviewers go looking for substance here and are presumably never heard from again. We also get into some reviews of Sunset Strip hotspots and fan feedback on scented "Crüe Candles."

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July 20, 2020 52 min

This is a pretty decent biopic about The Runaways, the '70s all-female glam punk band that included Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford. But this true tale of teenage desperation, exploitation, and identity reinvention is just too much happy fluff for some reviewers.

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July 13, 2020 56 min

Full disclosure, we did not care for this film upon re-watching, and we have some harsh words for Jim Morrison based on its characterization. Blame Oliver Stone, not us. Reviews of the Père Lachaise cemetery reveal Doors fans resenting Doors fans, and someone freaks out at the Whisky a Go Go.

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July 6, 2020 51 min

Wrapping up the MCU three-fer. This movie is like a Magic Eye painting. You either see it or you don't. Reviews of the film lead us to ponder such zen questions as "How are the jokes supposed to be funny if I can't laugh at them?"

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June 29, 2020 49 min

MCU power block #2. Reviews of Iron Man 3 include theater-specific events such as a man having a heart attack, and a mouse struggling with a cracker. A mom reviewing Iron Man action figures makes a case for affirmative action for boys.

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This movie requires some suspension of disbelief. While we had some issues like "where did he learn to fly planes," others drew the line at "why does Hitler let Hydra walk all over him?" Everyone's got their limit. Over on Amazon, "Fat Teddy" has some things to say about a Captain America shield.

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June 15, 2020 52 min

L.A. Weekly says more like "limp soft." Cutting. Incisive. Some people had a rough time of it trying to visit the museum dedicated to Johnny Cash, the primary inspiration for Dewey Cox, as well as Sun Studio.

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June 8, 2020 56 min

We grapple with the beauty and pain of Purple Rain, including the film's faint whiff of misogyny, The Kid's incredible bedroom, Apollonia's 'set,' and Morris Day's braaassss waterbeeeeed. Users review Paisley Park and First Avenue.

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June 1, 2020 51 min

Kicking off a POWER BLOCK of movies about fictional musicians, it's Almost Famous, a film that doesn't represent the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of the '70s as well as, say, Jacob's Ladder, according to one reviewer. We also check out some reviews of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Pamela DesBarres groupie memoir I'm With The Band.

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May 25, 2020 53 min

For the late, great Fred Willard. The third and final installment in our mockumentary series, Best In Show. We'll hear all about the noble art of dog breeding in one user review, and some dissatisfied pet grooming customers tell us what went wrong in troubling detail.

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May 18, 2020 49 min

Mocumentary Week 2! Never stop never stopping. A user review of the Lonely Island film includes a fantasy of mass death for "liberofascists." A viewer of the Justin Bieber documentary is not impressed with selling out Madison Square Garden(s).

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May 11, 2020 42 min

Documentary? One reviewer doesn't even think this is a real band. A review of Stonehenge tips us off to the existence of "Woodhenge."

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April 27, 2020 53 min

The L.A. Times wonders if Die Hard With A Vengeance could tone it down just a touch. One woman loses her sunglasses during a "business meeting" in the Central Park Ramble. And a Yelp reviewer recounts a harrowing childhood memory from Yankee Stadium.

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April 20, 2020 49 min

Variety explains the joke and kills the comedy. Also, apothecaries! Nipple shields! Motels from hell!

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April 13, 2020 52 min

Make it heavier, darker, and with more plot twists, and maybe this critic would have liked That Thing You Do! We check out the sights in Erie, PA. And is Tom Hanks a serial killer? Probably not, but maybe?

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April 6, 2020 54 min

The hero we deserve, not the one we need. Hey, how about a review of Tiger King from a parenting angle? We need convincing to not watch this with kids. Greg takes some controversial stances. A Big Cat Rescue tour guide has no patience for your children

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March 30, 2020 45 min

Celebrating the impending return of Kids In The Hall, Scott and Greg look back at their 1996 film Brain Candy. Amazon users review a placebo pill; others are down on penicillin.

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March 23, 2020 41 min

A serious film scholar takes a dignified approach to Return of the Jedi, walking right into the center of the Citizen Critic sweet spot. An NYC bus service gets dinged one star for a minor infraction, and Scott and Greg learn the subtle differences between Chinese and American zoos.

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March 16, 2020 58 min

An Australian review of Ford Vs. Ferrari prompts some hard truths about Scott and Greg's talent for accents. Later, a reviewer wants to know whatever became of an old-timey Daytona driver.

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