30 October 2003

I don't know what the matter is with the New York Times movie page: they have some of the best film critics in the country, but they also have this maddening tendency to casually reveal crucial plot points in the course of a movie review without so much as a spoiler warning attached. There was their infamous capsule plot summary of Magnolia, for example, which happened to reveal in the course of a few sentences the film's climactic, um, "amphibious landing." And now there's A.O. Scott's review of The Human Stain. Basically, if you have any plans to see this movie whatsoever, you'd better skip the eighth paragraph of this review...and the ninth, come to think of it. Really, you'd be better off skipping the whole article entirely. Trust me.

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