Citing a "continual drumbeat of news that film critics are being laid off at daily and weekly newspapers across the country," David Carr reports in the New York Times about the recent word that numerous film critics are leaving print outlets and he wonders about the impact on indie and specialty movies that rely on critica' word of mouth. "Given that movie blogs are strewn about the Web like popcorn on a theater floor, there are those who say that movie criticism is not going away, it's just appearing on a different platform. And no one would argue that fewer critics and the adjectives they hurl would imperil the opening of 'Iron Man' in May. But for a certain kind of movie, critical accolades can mean the difference between relevance and obscurity, not to mention box office success or failure."
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