Posted by · 6:25 pm · March 8th, 2010

Just … wow. From The Wrap:

Todd McCarthy, who has been writing at Daily Variety for 31 years, was fired on Monday along with two other critics, as the trade elected to cut costs and move to freelance reviews.

[McCarthy says,] “Everyone’s going to speculate, and all I can say, It’s the end of something. What that is I don’t know. I know what it means for me. I’ve been fiercely and proudly reviewing at full speed since all the cutbacks. I made sure we had no slippage in our festival coverage and film reviewing, I’ve worked hard in recent times to make sure nothing slipped. The reviews have been the most unchanged part of Variety, period. Forever.

What a sour note to follow the Oscars with. How Variety can call itself the leading trade voice in the business and not retain a staff film critic is something I don’t quite understand, but there you have it. Commiserations all round.

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  • 1 3-08-2010 at 7:04 pm

    Jessica said...

    Damn. This is almost like the Sun-Times axing Ebert.

  • 2 3-08-2010 at 7:09 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    “Damn. This is almost like the Sun-Times axing Ebert.”

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it happens soon.

  • 3 3-08-2010 at 8:40 pm

    Jim T said...

    Guy, I’m happy about the way you handled it, if you know what I mean.

    That’s really bad, especially because it obviously is the beginning of something.

    There is no way the Sun-Times will fire Ebert. They give him a lot of money and the only way he stops being their employee is in the case that they try to give him less money and he quits. I hope it never happens.

  • 4 3-08-2010 at 9:23 pm

    Sean said...

    Good riddance! McCarthy personally attacked people in his reviews. Kudos to Variety!

  • 5 3-09-2010 at 12:12 pm

    The Dude said...

    Shocking. THR and Variety are usually considered the two big review papers, and for one of them to actually let go of their film critics surprises me. It’s a shame, really. I might not have always agreed with McCarthy, but his reviews were always well thought-out and well-written…I could usually gauge from his writing whether or not I’d like a movie (even if he didn’t).

    I’m sure other critics at other magazines are getting antsy at this announcement…

  • 6 3-09-2010 at 2:17 pm

    arjay said...

    I can understand a paper cutting it’s reviewer, but Variety – that’s the least likely candidate. I think every aspiring movie reviewer will be depressed today.