What is critic?

  • (noun): Anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something.
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A critic is anyone who expresses a value judgment. Informally, criticism is a common aspect of all human expression and need not necessarily imply skilled or accurate expressions of judgment. Critical judgments, good or bad, may be positive (in praise of an object of attention), negative (in dispraise), or balanced (weighing a combination of factors both for and against). Since all criticism must be regarded as having a purpose, a critic may also be definable by his or her specific motivation. At its simplest, and for whatever reason, a critic may have either constructive or destructive intent.

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Critic - Derivation
... The word critic comes from Greek κριτικός (kritikós), "able to discern", which is a Greek derivation from the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned ...
Peter Schjeldahl - Art Critic
... Since coming to New York he has worked as an art critic for ARTnews, The New York Times, The Village Voice (1980 to 1998), and 7 Days (The Cooper Union) ... he joined The New Yorker where he is currently the head art critic ...
John H. Foote - Career - Film Critic
... His work as a critic continues as he writes syndicated for the Metroland Organization, Toronto Life and Fashion, and has his own website ... as their Toronto International Film Festival critic, though he has since moved to The Awards Circuit (www.awardscircuit.com), where he has joined the staff consisting of Editor Clayton Davis as well as ... Over the course of his career as a film critic he has interviewed Robert Duvall, Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortenson, Sally Field, Tom Cruise, Helen ...
J. D. Considine
... Considine (born 1956) is an established music critic who has been writing about music professionally since 1977 ... Four on the Floor, which was said to be a sort of rock critic equivalent to The McLaughlin Group ... He later became jazz critic at The Globe and Mail ...
Well Well Well (John Lennon Song) - Reception
... Music critic Robert Christgau describes "Well Well Well" as an "unsung great song." Rolling Stone Magazine critic Stephen Holden considers the "furious howls" on "Well Well Well," as well as two ... Music critic Paul Evans claims that the Plastic Ono Band songs "Well Well Well" and "I Found Out" are "tougher rock than nearly anything released before the Sex Pistols." ...

More definitions of "critic":

  • (noun): A person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art.
  • (noun): Someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments.

Famous quotes containing the word critic:

    The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that “the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.”
    Walter Bagehot (1826–1877)

    A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.
    Whitney Balliet (b. 1926)