E Film Critics' Top Ten Quote Whores

by Anne Thompson
December 23, 2010 1:44 AM
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E Film Critic's Erik Childress continues to wage war against critics who he deems "whores." They consistently deliver the film quotes that the studios love to include in their ads. Finally, I don't know who most of these people are.

Here's the number one Quote Whore of the year:


#1 - SHAWN EDWARDS
This was actually a no-brainer this year. 26 quotes on the year. 20 of them with rotten tomatoes. 9 of those less than 40% approval. As I am writing this I am filled with an uncontrollable force of anger that critics like these continue to be coddled and cradled by studios. Warner Bros. and Sony/Screen Gems were responsible for using him 11 times between them. More each than the company (Fox) he apparently works for, which used him 4 times. I don't care if it is business-as-usual or that they look for the hyperbole, it's wrong and it's pathetic. This is the second time Shawn Edwards has been named as Criticwatch's Whore of the Year. He is the third whore to achieve such infamy - with Pete Hammond and Earl Dittman being the others. This is Criticwatch's ninth year and yet three whores have dominated the race for six of them. Dittman is barely a blip on the radar anymore. But the same names keep appearing. Travers, Hammond, Ferguson, Allen and this guy, the scourge of Kansas City.

Intense and thrilling! (Faster)
Riveting. (Unstoppable)
Incredible. (Takers)
*****. Exhilarating! (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Dazzling! (The Last Airbender)
Thrilling! (Legion)

**** One of the best movies of the year. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I)
**** (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
The perfect family movie! Wonderfully delightful! (Nanny McPhee Returns)
Visually stunning! You haven’t seen anything like it before. (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole)
A truly haunting and mesmerizing masterpiece! (Let Me In)
Sensational! A total crowd pleaser. (The Karate Kid)

Denzel Washington is phenomenal. He's at the top of his game. Hypnotically gripping. Riveting and profound. (The Book Of Eli)
An absolute triumph. It hits hard with razor sharp intensity and powerhouse performances. (Brooklyn's Finest)
Smokin' hot. Ultra sexy. A winner. (The Losers)
It's Kill Bll meets ER in this brilliantly stylistic, ultra cool action thriller! (Repo Men)
Amazing! The best Resident Evil yet. (Resident Evil: Afterlife)

The most outrageous and inspired comedy in years. The laughs keep coming until you're doubled over begging for more. Joyfully funny and subversively smart. (Youth In Revolt)
**** (Death at a Funeral)
**** Outrageously funny! The funniest movie of the year! (Dinner for Schmucks)
Hilarious! Due Date is side-splitting, roll in the aisle, can't stop laughing 'til it hurts funny. (Due Date)
Jennifer is back and better than ever! (The Back-Up Plan)
Sexy, fun and fresh! Queen Latifah and Common are perfect together. Just Wright is a soulful romantic classic you'll instantly fall in love with. (Just Wright)
****. Loved it! Sophisticated, charming and heartfelt! Vanessa Redgrave is sensational and Amanda Seyfried will absolutely steal your heart! (Letters To Juliet)
Harrison Ford is terrific. Rachel McAdams will steal your heart. Rachel McAdams is America's newest sweetheart. (Morning Glory)
Christina can sing. She can dance. She can act. And she'll blow you away. (Burlesque)

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