I use Siskel and Ebert’s long-running TV show At the Movies as a springboard for a discussion of the uses to which criticism is put today. Calling out restaurant-review-style criticism, a model that Arthur Danto identifies and disparages, as especially helpful, I go on to clarify the concept of appreciation that will be in play throughout my book, present Noel Carroll’s view of criticism as reasoned evaluation, and preview the topics I will take up in the chapters that follow.
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