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Susan Granger’s “Nebraska” Is Light on Content

In response to Susan Granger’s 342‑word review of Nebraska on SSG Syndicate

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There’s not a whole lot to say about Susan Granger’s “Nebraska,” a review that doesn’t have a whole lot to say. At 342 words long, it’s more than a blurb than a review, with the actual review part relegated to only a couple sentences.

The rest of the review is all plot recap and trips down IMBD’s memory lane, as has become Granger’s modus operandi. It takes not an ounce of thoughtfulness or effort to look up the details of a movie, write them out, and then cap them with pull quote-ready effusiveness that is free of any supporting arguments. It’s hack work at best, and cynical commercialism at worst.

As long as there’s a market for reviews that movie studios can quote for their ad copy, though, Granger’s Nebraska and its ilk will continue to get written. That’s a shame, too, because it does a great disservice to the credibility of film reviews as an art form. There are some who argue that film reviews don’t have the artistic value of, for instance, literary reviews or theater reviews. This sort of mass-market, soulless product only fuels their arguments.

There’s always the hope, though, that if nobody reads these reviews they will eventually go away. It’s not a sure thing, but avoiding Granger’s Nebraska like the plague certainly wouldn’t hurt.    

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