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Harvey S. Karten’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” Tanks

In response to Harvey S. Karten’s 742‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on Compuserve

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Harvey S. Karten, a. k. a. “The Compuserve Critic,” gives his take on the new Martin Scorsese epic in his review “The Wolf of Wall Street” and yep, you guessed it, it’s a horror show.  

First, the Netscape/Compuserve trappings are guaranteed to make you throw up in your mouth a little and may even make you infertile.  

There have been times in the recent past where Karten was able to rise above these grisly environs like some mentally handicapped phoenix and deliver a work that could be at least be called average. This is not one of those times.  

The review is carelessly littered with typos, misspellings, poor punctuation, and archaic formatting—two spaces between sentences went out when the first creatures emerged from the primordial ooze. Yes, spell check may not have reached Compuserve yet, but that is no excuse. One cursory read through would have cleaned up this mess considerably and inched (centimeter-ed) it closer to respectability.

The prose, aside from the nuts and bolts, lacks any kind of amiability or flow and Karten consistently makes odd sidebars that will leave readers scratching their heads.

Karten offers a strong opinion: “This is the year’s best movie,” but he fails to sufficiently explain why. If you’re a Karten fan, turn off your Apple IIe and wait for his next one.    

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