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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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At its heart is Young Critics Wales, the initiative to give young people a voice but it will also work with Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales, to provide mentoring, provide tickets, travel and accommodation costs.
With critics losing their jobs around the country and the world, and peer-review sites such as Yelp and Trip Advisor supplanting professional critiques in other fields, Jones maintains that the necessity for professional criticism only increases.
Of the food critics, the absolute worst are the wine critics.
Boston critics picked Meryl Streep as the best actress for Julie and Julia, while LA gave the honour to Belgium-born Yolande Moreau for her performance the French flick Siraphine.
Both Phillips and Scott were frequent guest critics in the last two seasons of "At the Movies" when Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert was unable to host, having lost his voice in an ongoing struggle with thyroid cancer.
That's because there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of nonprofessional critics reviewing feverishly on the Web.
Mohammed believes that critics must be pioneers of cinema in order to stimulate cinema developments, and that criticism in the Arab world suffers from two problems: the first is that many critics will only hail films that support their own political views.
Though the Belfast-born actor gives an Oscarworthy performance in the Hitler assassination plot epic, fearing a mauling from critics, producers MGM are now only showing it to "friendly" critics.
Unreadable critics are like harps without strings and will soon lose their place in the celestial choir, for editors love readability.
As for this particular critic, here are my comments on the choices for some key Oscar categories:
Critics Taste Better" offered a corrective by pairing seven Berlin-based artists with as many critics, some living in the city and some beyond: Jonathan Meese with Thomas Groetz, Elke Marhofer with Raimar Stange, Andreas Zybach with Dan Fox, Maureen Jeram with Hans-Jurgen Hafner, Myriam Holme with Aurelie Voltz, Egil Saebjornsson with Power Ekroth, and Kerstin Cmelka with Emily Speers Mears.
Still, given the talented writers who crafted it, including Larry McMurtry, Brokeback Mountain might really be the powerful film critics claim it is.
That's an explosion helped along by another wine heavyweight, the American critic Robert Parker.
The answers Donna Bailey Nurse offers to the ambitious title question of her collection What's a Black Critic to Do?
18) What both critics acknowledge is a significant critical development in Q.