For a critic whose short career was marked by questionable taste — he loved Hollow Man and A Knight’s Tale — Dave Manning of Connecticut’s Ridgefield Press won’t soon be forgotten. He was just exposed as a phony, a total fabrication by Sony Pictures, which ran ads quoting his raves for Sony fare like The Animal: ”Another winner!” (Moans Mark Schumann, a real critic published in the Press: ”We can’t even get a press kit.”) A Sony rep cops to ”very bad judgment” and vows ”action will be taken” against the unnamed culprit. Thus inspired, we asked veteran critics — and one faker — to review the studio’s latest drama. Can you spot the bogus blurb?
”Heroic! A fake quote whore takes the pressure off real
”Heroic! A fake quote whore takes the pressure off real junketeers!” ROGER EBERT, Chicago Sun-Times A
”I never heard of him!…And I enjoyed The Animal!” TIM WASSBERG, Inside Reel B
”It’s the feel-duped story of the year!” RICHARD ROEPER, Chicago Sun-Times C
”I laughed and I cried! The whole ordeal…is simply shocking!” RYAN WALKER, Philadelphia News D
”The whole system is sick and twisted!” GARY COGILL, WFAA-TV Dallas E