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Citizen Critic

26 EpisodesProduced by iHeartPodcasts & Double ElvisWebsite

Everyone's a critic, but that doesn't make them immune to criticism. From the famously wrong slams on beloved and iconic movies and music, to the humble user reviews of a Chili’s appetizer, Scott Janovitz and Greg Conley take on the hot takes from professionals and amateurs alike.

26 Episodes | 2020

Introducing Citizen Critic

January 31st, 2020

3:09

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 everyone’s a critic, two …

S1E1: Batman

February 10th, 2020

54:10

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, and make some Oscar predictions …

S1E0: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

February 17th, 2020

1:07:02

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

February 24th, 2020

51:30

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 in Las Vegas does nothing for …

S1E4: The Shining

March 2nd, 2020

52:21

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 hotel that inspired The …

S1E5: Frozen

March 9th, 2020

43:01

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 controversial music opinions.

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S1E6: Ford Vs. Ferrari

March 16th, 2020

52:38

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

March 23rd, 2020

36:00

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

March 30th, 2020

39:48

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.

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S1E9: Tiger King

April 6th, 2020

49:16

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 stances. A Big Cat Rescue tour guide …

S1E10: That Thing You Do!

April 13th, 2020

46:32

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. …

S1E11: Schitt's Creek

April 20th, 2020

44:26

Variety explains the joke and kills the comedy. Also, apothecaries! Nipple shields! Motels from hell!

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S1E12: Die Hard With A Vengeance

April 27th, 2020

47:39

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 …

S2E1: This Is Spinal Tap

May 11th, 2020

37:22

Documentary? One reviewer doesn't even think this is a real band. A review of Stonehenge tips us off to the existence of "Woodhenge."

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S2E2: Popstar

May 18th, 2020

43:59

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 not impressed with selling out …

S2E3: Best In Show

May 25th, 2020

48:25

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 dissatisfied pet grooming …

S2E4: Almost Famous

June 1st, 2020

46:19

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 Ladder, according to one …

S2E5: Purple Rain

June 8th, 2020

51:10

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

June 15th, 2020

47:11

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 well as Sun Studio.

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S2E7: Captain America: The First Avenger

June 22nd, 2020

53:41

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?" Everyone's got their limit. Over …

S2E8: Iron Man 3

June 29th, 2020

43:44

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 makes a case for affirmative …

S2E9: Thor: Ragnarok

July 6th, 2020

45:45

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 supposed to be funny if I can't …

S2E10: The Doors

July 13th, 2020

51:08

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

July 20th, 2020

46:39

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, exploitation, and identity …

S2E12: The Dirt

July 27th, 2020

48:23

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 also get into some reviews of …

It's A Wonderful Life

December 21st, 2020

47:16

We're back, it's a Christmas Miracle. In this very special episode, we get into some wild takes on the Frank Capra classic It's A Wonderful Life. …

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