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About Criticwire

Sam Adams
Sam Adams

Our resident Criticwire blogger, Sam Adams, is a Philadelphia-based film critic. He writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Time Out New York, the Onion A.V. Club, eMusic and the Philadelphia City Paper.  His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Hollywood Reporter, Salon and Film Comment, and his essays on Two-Lane Blacktop and Greendale are included in the The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. He served on the jury at the Toronto Film Festival as a representative of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, was twice a fellow of the Flaherty Film Seminar, and participated in the inaugural New York Times Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2007. He has taught classes in documentary and narrative cinema at the University of the Arts, and is a frequent guest speaker in the Talk Cinema series. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

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About Criticwire

We represent films as soon as they're available, regardless of the delivery method. While Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic only showcase movies in accordance with the traditional release calendar, we aggregate grades, comments and reviews as soon as films hit the marketplace--whether that's at film festivals, VOD or theaters. As soon as they hit the public, Criticwire is paying attention.

Films are judged in multiple ways. Instead of the basic objective standards used for judging films on other sites, we give critics several options. They can grade films using a scale containing 13 grades, but can also submit comments or excerpts from their reviews as well as participating in polls to help us create a truly crowdsourced assessment of quality.

Our network is a real community. Indiewire has strong connections in the film world that allows us to maintain one-to-one relationships with many Criticwire members. We don't just list them on the site; we talk to them on a regular basis to make sure they're satisfied with the way CW represents their opinions.

We have a blog. The Criticwire blog provides a better resource than anything else out there for the latest movie reviews as well as insight and commentary about trends in the critical community.