In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little but enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.
Oh, there are times when a critic truly risks something and that is in the discovery and defence of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.The words of the fictional restaurant critic Anton Ego, as spoken by Peter O'Toole in the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)