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stop-watch critic

A critic whose strict, traditional views prevent them from fully seeing or understanding that which is being is analyzed. You can't expect a stop-watch critic to understand your futuristic vision for your artwork.
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an armchair critic

One who speaks critically on topics one actually knows little to nothing about. My uncle is such an armchair critic about the classes I'm taking—the fact that he never went to college doesn't stop him from weighing in! Stop being an armchair critic and let me fix my car, since I actually know what I'm doing here!
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an armchair traveler

One who speaks authoritatively about traveling despite not traveling often. Don't let him discourage you when he's just an armchair traveler who's never been out of the country!
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an armchair critic

a person who knows about a subject only by reading or hearing about it and criticizes without active experience or first-hand knowledge.
The phrase armchair critic is first recorded in 1896 , but the concept was around at least a decade earlier: in 1886 Joseph Chamberlain sneered at opponents as ‘arm-chair politicians’. Another common variant is armchair traveller , meaning ‘someone who travels in their imagination only’.
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an armchair critic, traveller, etc.

a person who knows about a subject only from what they have heard or read and not from personal experience: He’s what you might call an ‘armchair traveller’, having never actually been outside Europe.
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Just as actors must continually audition to land their next gig, and writers need to constantly pitch themselves to get their plays produced, critics find themselves in similar positions, since landing a paid critic post, let alone a single writing assignment, can be difficult in the Internet age.
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In general, this maxim is valid for most cooks--pardon, chefs--know as well, but once these culinary artists are in front of the TV cameras, they seem to aim more to food critics than food connoisseurs, meaning those who appreciate the presentation and/or the architect who designed the dining room more than the taste and aroma of the food.
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Generally speaking, critics do not wish to inflict pain, but they do.
Your inner critic does not have to be your biggest enemy.
And it shows one Black critic at work--hard, thoughtful work that, given that this book is Nurse's first, shows promise.
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If John Lukacs can be described as a defender of the Permanent Things, the American literary theorist and critic Stanley Fish can be described as a postmodernist enemy of the Permanent Things.
It isn't simply the tight deadlines that can require a newspaper film critic to view three or four movies and churn out a reasonably thoughtful critique on each in a matter of a few days.
Bessie Head was also a fearsome critic of the troubled political and cultural landscape.
A delightful satire on stage conventions, The Critic has always been thought much funnier than its model, The Rehearsal (1671) by George Villiers.
However, the presence of the critic is a fact of theatrical life and two recent books, one an explication of the critic's job and the other a superlative collection of critical essays, offer some illumination of this often misunderstood and unappreciated job.
A Dialogue on Criticism Today', which is the final section of this book, Dickstein's mask identifies his favoured critic: |the public critic rather than the technical critic; the novelist and poet as critic; the personal critic rather than the systematiser; the critic as intellectual and generalist rather than the idealogical critic' (192).