Film distributors eagerly quote professional critics when marketing their slate, yet poor reviews don’t seem to hamper the commercial success of large films. Conversely, certain films have suffered at the box office after negative advance word from critics. It can be argued that, whereas reviewers have no effect on blockbusters, their opinions are crucial to the success or failure of films outside the mainstream. But, in the age of social media, what do we mean by a critic? These issues and more will be thrashed out in a debate, which the critics are already calling ‘a compelling triumph’. The panel will include members of the Dublin Film Critics Circle and international film critics such as Screen International’s Mark Adams.

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