Introducing Citizen Critic

Starting February 10th, join musician Scott Janovitz and scientist Greg Conley as they critique the critics of some favorite and iconic movies, music, television, and more. In a world where …

S1E1: Batman

With the release of the Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey and Joker's night at the Oscars, Scott and Greg discuss a review of 1989's Batman, find some interesting DVD and product reviews, …

S1E2: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Scott and Greg dissect critic Rex Reed's deliriously bad take on Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood. Some diners are unimpressed with Muso & Frank's …

S1E3: Casino

Finding The Irishman less than re-watchable, Scott and Greg revisit Martin Scorsese's Casino and are surprised to discover that it, too, was met with middling reviews. A cheap hotel/casino …

S1E4: The Shining

As Stephen King's The Outsider wraps up its run on HBO, Greg and Scott look back at Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining, read some reviews of King's original novel, and check into the …

S1E5: Frozen

Greg and Scott read a Fox News review of Frozen. Greg declares himself mayor of "The Fro-zone." Elsa wigs aren't doing it for some Amazon reviewers, and the fellas confess some …

S1E6: Ford Vs. Ferrari

An Australian review of Ford Vs. Ferrari prompts some hard truths about Scott and Greg's talent for accents. Later, a reviewer wants to know whatever …

S1E7: Return of the Jedi

A serious film scholar takes a dignified approach to Return of the Jedi, walking right into the center of the Citizen Critic sweet spot. An NYC bus …

S1E8: Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy

Celebrating the impending return of Kids In The Hall, Scott and Greg look back at their 1996 film Brain Candy. Amazon users review a placebo pill; others are down on penicillin.

Learn more …

S1E9: Tiger King

The hero we deserve, not the one we need. Hey, how about a review of Tiger King from a parenting angle? We need convincing to not watch this with kids. Greg takes some controversial …

S1E10: That Thing You Do!

Make it heavier, darker, and with more plot twists, and maybe this critic would have liked That Thing You Do! We check out the sights in Erie, PA. …

S1E12: Die Hard With A Vengeance

The L.A. Times wonders if Die Hard With A Vengeance could tone it down just a touch. One woman loses her sunglasses during a "business meeting" in …

S2E2: Popstar

Mocumentary Week 2! Never stop never stopping. A user review of the Lonely Island film includes a fantasy of mass death for "liberofascists." A viewer of the Justin Bieber documentary is …

S2E3: Best In Show

For the late, great Fred Willard. The third and final installment in our mockumentary series, Best In Show. We'll hear all about the noble art of dog breeding in one user review, and some …

S2E4: Almost Famous

Kicking off a POWER BLOCK of movies about fictional musicians, it's Almost Famous, a film that doesn't represent the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of the '70s as well as, say, Jacob's …

S2E5: Purple Rain

We grapple with the beauty and pain of Purple Rain, including the film's faint whiff of misogyny, The Kid's incredible bedroom, Apollonia's 'set,' …

S2E6: Walk Hard

L.A. Weekly says more like "limp soft." Cutting. Incisive. Some people had a rough time of it trying to visit the museum dedicated to Johnny Cash, the primary inspiration for Dewey Cox, as …

S2E7: Captain America: The First Avenger

This movie requires some suspension of disbelief. While we had some issues like "where did he learn to fly planes," others drew the line at "why does Hitler let Hydra walk all over him?" …

S2E8: Iron Man 3

MCU power block #2. Reviews of Iron Man 3 include theater-specific events such as a man having a heart attack, and a mouse struggling with a cracker. A mom reviewing Iron Man action figures …

S2E9: Thor: Ragnarok

Wrapping up the MCU three-fer. This movie is like a Magic Eye painting. You either see it or you don't. Reviews of the film lead us to ponder such zen questions as "How are the jokes …

S2E10: The Doors

Full disclosure, we did not care for this film upon re-watching, and we have some harsh words for Jim Morrison based on its characterization. Blame …

S2E11: The Runaways

This is a pretty decent biopic about The Runaways, the '70s all-female glam punk band that included Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford. But this true tale of teenage desperation, …

S2E12: The Dirt

The epic tale of Mötley Crüe. Terrible people, doing terrible things, while making terrible music. Some reviewers go looking for substance here and are presumably never heard from again. We …

Blood on the Tracks Trailer

Phil Spector: Murderer. Musical genius. His story is told from the perspective of those who knew him best, his famous so-called friends. Blood On The …

How you can listen to this podcast

You can listen to episodes right here on the website, or if you prefer, in a podcast app. Listening in an app makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve already heard, listen without using your data plan and many other conveniences.

Recommended apps
Start listening to Introducing Citizen Critic
3:09
Start listening to Introducing Citizen Critic
3:09