"Paid less sustained and thoughtful attention to the films’ craft (visual style, narrative structure, character development). Storylines were characterized as “shallow,” “naggingly lightweight” and “desperate“ -- in contrast to the descriptions of male-directed films, which were lauded for their lyricism, “feminine…sensibility” and “complex symphonic framework.”
Rastegar concludes that "this highly gendered evaluation is a deeply embarrassing reflection of the current state of film criticism and bodes ill for the future of independent film and popular culture at large."
I didn't attend this year's Sundance Film Festival, but I must confess this wasn't something that caught my eye as I was reading and compiling reviews for Criticwire's daily Sundance Review Reports. I heard a lot of good buzz about a couple of movies from women filmmakers, including the comedy "In a World..." from writer/director/producer/star Lake Bell, which was featured in one of those aforementioned Review Reports, and currently sports an impressive A- average on the Criticwire Network. All but two of Rastegar's examples are from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter -- the other two are from the website IonCinema.com -- which is not exactly a wide-ranging sample of "the current state of film criticism." Nonetheless, I'd be interested to hear how critics and editors who were on the ground in Park City feel about this categorization of their work and their coverage.