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Harold Clurman on raves and pans

This quote from wise critic Harold Clurman about the bad habits of theater critics goes just as well for film or literature, and is worth keeping in mind for audiences and critics alike:

Notices during a season follow a pattern very much like this: The season opens around September 25; on, let us say, November 2 someone will write about "the best play of the season"; on March 10 we will hear that still another is "the dramatic tops"; April 10 one hears of "a play never to be forgotten," and by May 31 the author or authors of these slightly hysterical encomiums will conclude that on the whole "it has been a lousy season."

--Harold Clurman, April 8, 1986

--Colin Dabkowski



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