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Owen Gleiberman responds to readers

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Owen Gleiberman responds to readers

OWEN,
your liberalism is showing! Your review of Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? is a clear airing of your political views, not a review of a movie. A tip: Not everyone bows at the altar of Michael Moore. Some of us read EW to escape the constant politicizing of everything in this world. Please tone it down a little.
Jennifer

DEAR JENNIFER,
We agree on at least one point: My review of Morgan Spurlock’s post-9/11 documentary was (among other things) an airing of my political views. I would make the same claim for my recent reviews of Standard Operating Procedure, Battle for Haditha — and, for that matter, Iron Man. Our disagreement is this: Why should a critic, when writing about a political film, leave his or her own opinions off the table? It would be the equivalent of reviewing a concert film and ignoring the music. And even if a critic could feign ”neutrality” on the vital issues of our time, would that be desirable? You’ll be glad to know that I wasn’t shy about airing my political opinions when I reviewed Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. That, in fact, is the very reason I could call him out on his oversimplification of oil politics. </p

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