Kevin Smith Attacks Critics: ‘Writing a Nasty Review For ‘Cop Out’ is Akin to Bullying a Retarded Kid’

Tracy Morgan, Bruce Willis in Kevin Smith's 'Cop Out'

Southwest Airlines’ least favorite director, Kevin Smith, has lashed out at critics over their views of his latest film Cop Out…and because his feelings are hurt.

The Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back director, unware of the Internet, whined that members of the public should be the ones allowed to review movies and not “professional critics.”

“I gotta say that every day I hate film theory & film students & critics more & more,” he tweeted.

“Film fandom’s become a nasty bloodsport where cartoonishly rooting for failure gets the hit count up. Watching them beat the shit out of it was sad. Like, it’s called Cop Out; that sound like a very ambitious title to you? You REALLY wanna shit in the mouth of a flick that so OBVIOUSLY strived for nothing more than laughs. Was it called Schindler’s Cop Out?”

Smith added: “Writing a nasty review for Cop Out is akin to bullying a retarded kid. All you’ve done is make fun of something that wasn’t doing you any harm and wanted only to give some cats some fun laughs.”

Oh, he’s not done: “Realised whole system’s upside down: so we let a bunch of people see it for free & they shit all over it?” he posted. “Meanwhile, people who’d REALLY like to see the flick for free are made to pay? Bullshit: from now on, any flick I’m ever involved with, I conduct critics screenings thusly: you wanna see it early to review it? Fine: pay like you would if you saw it next week.

“Why am I giving an arbitrary 500 people power over what I do at all, let alone for free? Next flick, I’d rather pick 500 randoms from Twitter & let THEM see it for free in advance, then post THEIR opinions, good AND bad. Same difference. Why’s their opinion more valid? It’s a backwards system.”

Smith is right. The critics that see movies/films for free, like me (full disclosure), should automatically write praise for it. That’s the deal. Free equals good in Smithland, NJ.

Most screenings are public screenings, meaning that it’s not only members of the local press that are there to witness the latest studio project, but an auditorium filled with “regular folks” who want to see the movie. These are people who won a contest on the radio, stopped by Big O Tires or just waited in line for the doors to open up at the theater. They are the most forgiving fans on the planet because they are utilizing Smith’s Rule of Free Screenings — they saw something for free and they looooove free stuff. It usually doesn’t matter what it is.

Yet even at Cop Out, those guys weren’t in love with it. Kevin, I realize your feelings are hurt, but critics weren’t the ones that tanked Cop Out: that blame rests with you.

16 thoughts on “Kevin Smith Attacks Critics: ‘Writing a Nasty Review For ‘Cop Out’ is Akin to Bullying a Retarded Kid’

  1. personally I don’t you deserve to be near a type writer, key board, or microphone and should keep your horse swill to yourself.

  2. Oh no! Another hater, er, "critic" hating on that mean 'ole sellout Kevin Smith! Kevin Smith films are enjoyed by 16-year-old emo boys!! Kevin Smith is has irrelevant to film as Colecovision is to video game consoles!!

    Sir, you need to get laid, or smoke up, whatev…life's good, get out more.

  3. Kevin,

    I agree with you sir. I always breifly glance at the critics reviews whenever I am on an amc website or whatever website I am on that day and I read these critics reviews and I wonder why they assume that every movie is made for an oscar, It baffles me. I don't pay for movies and so the excuse "oh he dosen't pay for them so everything id funny" is absolutely not true. If I don't like a movie, it's not because it was perhaps to insightful, or too deep for me, it's because the movie sucked. I am yet to see cop out (which is unfortunate because it looks funny enough to me) but I am most certain that I will enjoy it. <more>

  4. <continued> Not every movie is made to win a golden globe or an oscar. As you stated, some movies are just meant to make yopu laugh and forget the terror that is the world. And the only reason they say that you're ragging on critics is because you are a very famous and popular director. I will bet you a million dollars if you were just some regular dude, nobody would have noticed the post and if they did it most certainly would have been received differently. I say forget the critics and all these unfortunate people who seem to be lacking a sense of humor and make movies and do what you do for all the millions (and there most certainly are millions, look at any evening with kevin smith) who actually enjoy your movies. Well done sir, well done.

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