'Have some respect,' the 'Selma' director urges

By Oliver Gettell
July 05, 2017 at 07:54 PM EDT
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Ava DuVernay has offered Anthony Bourdain a double lesson in manners and film criticism after he bashed Edgar Wright’s car-chase thriller Baby Driver.

On Tuesday, Bourdain tweeted a brief and profane appraisal of the movie: “F— BABY DRIVER.”

A few hours later, DuVernay called out the Parts Unknown host for his remark while standing up for her fellow filmmakers.

“You don’t have to like it,” the Selma and A Wrinkle in Time director tweeted. “But have some respect for the artists who made it. You’re better than this. Critique doesn’t have to be cruel.”

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Though Baby Driver failed to impress Bourdain, it has garnered excellent reviews and opened to $21 million at the domestic box office last weekend, good for second place. Wright and Sony Pictures are mulling a sequel.

Bourdain did not immediately respond to DuVernay’s tweet, but a day later, he singled out a movie that was more his speed. Tweeting the poster for the 2011 Indonesian action film The Raid, he wrote, “Quality.”

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