Cinema: Criticism Hurts

The average, cinemogul regards film critics as either free pressagents or costly saboteurs. Even when a bad picture is a box-office hit, the moviemaker resents the critic who has called it bad. MGM, which specializes in movies that the public loves, is particularly touchy about critics who refuse to love its products.* Last week MGM's dislike of unfriendly reviewers had roused all of London's critics to battle.

_The fight raged around Novelist E. (for Eileen) Arnot Robertson, who in 1946 was dropped as BBC's film critic after M-G-M charged that her reviews were...

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