Earlier this week, Eric D. Snider of Film.com shared an e-mail he was sent from the producers of the new film Lola Versus on his Twitter feed. The e-mail blames the film’s poor box office on male critics’ negative reactions. It states:
“We think this has a lot to do with it being a female driven comedy about a single woman, and the older male critics don’t like messy unapologetic stories with women at the center. There was a similar backlash against HBO’s Girls at first from men, but we don’t have the luxury of a full TV season to change their minds.”
I reviewed the film for the Reader. I’m not an “older” critic—unless 25 is now considered “older,” in which case, God help me—but I am a male critic, and I can say quite confidently that my negative review doesn’t have as much to do with my gender as with the fact that it’s just a bad movie.