David Denby takes on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

New Yorker film critic David Denby threw the normally cozy world of film criticism into a tizzy this week when he decided to break a studio-mandated embargo and publish his review of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001686" title="David Fincher" href="/topic/entertainment/david-fincher-PECLB001686.topic">David Fincher</a>'s holiday blockbuster "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" early. The studio was angry, producer <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000012920" title="Scott Rudin" href="/topic/entertainment/scott-rudin-PECLB000012920.topic">Scott Rudin</a> was angry, and several of Denby's fellow critics and film journalists were also angry. The Times' Patrick Goldstein <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/12/dragon-tattoos-scott-rudin-vs-david-denby-who-has-the-high-moral-ground.html">examined</a> the issue, ultimately siding with Rudin. However, Goldstein wrote, "But thanks to this flap, maybe it's time for newspapers and magazines to reexamine their willingness to abide by every studio-inspired publication schedule."
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New Yorker film critic David Denby threw the normally cozy world of film criticism into a tizzy this week when he decided to break a studio-mandated embargo and publish his review of David Fincher's holiday blockbuster "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" early. The studio was angry, producer Scott Rudin was angry, and several of Denby's fellow critics and film journalists were also angry. The Times' Patrick Goldstein examined the issue, ultimately siding with Rudin. However, Goldstein wrote, "But thanks to this flap, maybe it's time for newspapers and magazines to reexamine their willingness to abide by every studio-inspired publication schedule."

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