Hatchet Job

Love Movies, Hate Critics

3.63 based on 511 ratings & 41 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 22.05.2014
ISBN: 9781447230533
Number of pages: 320

Synopsis

'The finest film critic in Britain at the absolute top of his form' Stephen Fry

'Entertainingly incendiary stuff' Empire

A hatchet job isn't just a bad review, it's a total trashing. Mark Kermode is famous for them - Pirates of the Caribbean, Sex and the City 2, the complete works of Michael Bay.

Beginning with his favourite hatchet job ever, Mark tells us about the best bad reviews in history, why you have to be willing to tell a director face-to-face their movie sucks, and about the time he apologized to Steven Spielberg for badmouthing his work.

But why do we love really bad reviews? Is it so much harder to be positive? And is the Internet ruining how we talk about cinema? The UK's most trusted film critic answers all these questions and more in this hilarious, fascinating and argumentative new book.

'A wry, robust and developed defence of accountable critical voices' Total Film

'Very accessible, entertaining and relevant . . . warmly recommended' Den of Geek

In the media

Mark Kermode, perhaps the UK's most prominent film critic and certainly one of its most respected, covers all the big issues involved in writing reviews: being honest and only saying things you actually believe, trying to get the facts right, writing well, being entertaining, and, sometimes, changing your mind . . . It's funny, moving and angry
Theaker's Quarterly
Populist, entertaining . . . A very personal examination of the usefulness and value of film criticism . . . Will delight fans of Kermode's previous books, and offers a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a professional film critic
Vérité
Annoying, irritating
Guardian