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Slumdog, Benigni and a critic’s right to recant

By Alexander Linklater  

No-one would deny that the Oscars have a direct effect at the box-office, but they aren’t so intoxicating as to change the mind of a stalwart critic, whose austere role is to disdain such vulgar display. Or are they? Step forward the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, this year’s winner in the category of critical recantation. Bradshaw’s original review of Slumdog Millionaire described it as “overpraised,” “wildly silly” and unreflective of its own subject matter. Then, with the onslaught of…

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