Another Look at Critiques and Reviews

You are never as bad as they say you are, but you’re also never as good as they say you are.

I once had a director who warned us not to read our reviews. Not because he was afraid we’d be discouraged by a bad review, but because he knew we’d never be able to live up to the good ones.

A review means someone was paying attention. And if the review was perfectly glowing, then it could also mean that you haven’t done anything challenging or groundbreaking.

A review is more of a reflection of the reviewer than it is a reflection of you and your art. It’s how the reviewer felt. That’s all they could possibly be expected to be responsible for. But how they felt, is not necessarily the truth. Even a collection of reviews, while it may reflect popular opinion, it is not a certainty of truth.


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