Angry Letters: ‘Raise Your Voice,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Friday the 13th’

The other day I got an e-mail from a reader named “Robyn” who took issue with my review of the Hilary Duff trainwreck “Raise Your Voice.” She writes:

I read one of the reviews that you made on the Hilary Duff movie Raise Your Voice. [Evidently I wrote several “Raise Your Voice” reviews, and Robyn read one of them.] Im not a big fan of Hilary Duff and I was not expecting much from this movie till I saw the previews. I think you were absolutley wrong. This was a great movie that I enjoyed because it was dealing with music and what real people go through, like losing a loved one. I play the violin and piano, so I was especially happy to see music to be a huge part of the movie. I believe that everyone has their right to their own opinion, but next time try not to be so harsh, [because you really only have the right your own opinion if it’s nice] because your opinons don’t agree with everybody, [hence the definition of “opinion”] especially me and Im not going to be expecting any good reviews from you anymore, so Im not going to even bother reading them.

Within 10 minutes, Robyn had broken her own pledge, read more of my reviews, and sent me another e-mail:

I wanted to know why you always diss all the movies that you see even if their really good. Harry Potter movies kick a** and I think that you are way out of line on how you write reviews, but Im not just talking about you. All movie reviewers suck, they are such critizers {whatever}. [Hence the definition of “critic.”] I have no idea why people even join your stupid Snide Remarks s***. I really don’t blame you for writting about Tom Crise, though, the guy has gone bloody mental, but please refrain from making rude remarks about future hp films.

I don’t even know where to begin dismantling the logic of that e-mail, especially considering my reviews of the three Harry Potter films were fairly positive, and altogether rapturous on the third one. It’s obvious Robyn is a teenage girl, and ripping apart a teenage girl’s logical flaws is too easy to be any fun. So I didn’t respond to her. Her e-mail address is, though; now it’s on record in case I change my mind.

Then I had this succinct e-mail from someone named Mitch (, who disagreed with my F grade for the original “Friday the 13th.” He says:

friday the 13th ***1/2 you are trash suckhole

Suckhole?! I don’t even know what that means! But it’s a great epithet. I plan to use it now in my daily life.

This guy, I did respond to. I said:

“Wow. Your e-mail address leads me to believe you were born in 1971, which makes you 34 this year. And a 34-year-old man is writing a movie critic to call him a ‘suckhole’ because he disagreed with him about a movie? WOW. That’s all I can say…. wow.”

He did not reply.