Citizen Critic

Citizen Critic

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.


S2E9: Thor: Ragnarock
Jul 6 • 51 min
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 laugh at them?” Learn more about your…
S2E8: Iron Man 3
Jun 29 • 49 min
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 action for boys. Learn more about…
S2E7: Captain America: The First Avenger
Jun 22 • 59 min
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 on Amazon, “Fat Teddy” has some…
S2E6: Walk Hard
Jun 15 • 52 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
S2E5: Purple Rain
Jun 8 • 56 min
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,’ and Morris Day’s braaassss waterbeeeeed. Users review Paisley Park and First Avenue. Learn more about your…
S2E4: Almost Famous
Jun 1 • 51 min
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 reviewer. We also check out some reviews…
S2E3: Best In Show
May 25 • 53 min
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 customers tell us what went wrong in…
S2E2: Popstar
May 18 • 49 min
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 Madison Square Garden(s). Learn more…
S2E1: This Is Spinal Tap
May 11 • 42 min
Documentary? One reviewer doesn’t even think this is a real band. A review of Stonehenge tips us off to the existence of “Woodhenge.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
S1E12: Die Hard With A Vengeance
Apr 27 • 53 min
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 the Central Park Ramble. And a Yelp reviewer recounts a harrowing childhood memory from Yankee Stadium.…
S1E11: Schitt’s Creek
Apr 20 • 49 min
Variety explains the joke and kills the comedy. Also, apothecaries! Nipple shields! Motels from hell! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
S1E10: That Thing You Do!
Apr 13 • 52 min
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. And is Tom Hanks a serial killer? Probably not, but maybe? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
S1E9: Tiger King
Apr 6 • 54 min
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 has no patience for your children…
S1E8: Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy
Mar 30 • 45 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
S1E7: Return of the Jedi
Mar 23 • 41 min
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 service gets dinged one star for a minor infraction, and Scott and Greg learn the subtle differences…
S1E6: Ford Vs. Ferrari
Mar 16 • 58 min
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 became of an old-timey Daytona driver. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
S1E5: Frozen
Mar 9 • 48 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
S1E4: The Shining
Mar 2 • 57 min
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 Overlook. Scott sees an analogy to the…
S1E3: Casino
Feb 24 • 57 min
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 one lodger’s sense of self, though…
S1E2: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Feb 17 • 72 min
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 Steakhouse, which is featured in the film, as is El Coyote restaurant, where one couple sampled some uncooked…
S1E1: Batman
Feb 10 • 59 min
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 of their own. Learn more about your…
Introducing Citizen Critic
Jan 31 • 3 min
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 heroes will rise, and criticize them.…