At the MoviesCritic vs. Critic is a new column in which veteran film critic Jack Mathews and IndieWire columnist Anne Thompson debate the latest trends and topics in movies. This week, Mathews and Thompson take a look at the Internet and its effect on the moviegoing experience.

In recent years there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of professional film critics in the U.S., but never have there been as many reviews of new movies available as there are today. Where people once got their moviegoing advice from familiar critics in newspapers and on television on opening day, they now get reviews days, weeks, even months in advance of a movie's scheduled release from fan sites on the Internet. The question for retired critic Jack Mathews and IndieWire columnist Anne Thompson is this: Are today's moviegoers are better served by new media ... or is the Internet diluting the quality of film criticism?
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