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From Ocean’s 8 to #MeToo: why the gender bias in film criticism matters

Film criticism has long skewed male. But bringing in new voices wouldn't only make the industry more representative—it'd improve the quality of reviews, too

By Becca Harrison  

Are Sandra Bullock and Mindy Kaling wrong to want women critics to review Ocean's 8?

This week, Hollywood stars and reviewers alike have waded into debates about the gender of film critics.

In a promotional interview for Ocean’s 8, its stars—Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, and Sandra Bullock—suggested that they’d like more women to review their film.

Bullock talked about the need to “balance out the pool of critics” so that it “reflects the world we’re in,” while Kaling said that “often I think there is a critic who will damn it [Ocean’s 8]…

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