Kevin Smith Has Made His Peace With Movie Critics

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Lots of filmmakers get frustrated by negative reviews, but few have been as vocally vitriolic about them as Kevin Smith. Following the critical drubbing of 2010′s Cop Out, Smith declared that the entire system was “upside down” and declared he wouldn’t screen his films for critics anymore. And he meant it — he stuck to that plan with his next film, Red State.

But as his latest film Tusk makes the rounds, it looks like he’s finally softened his stance against film critics. Rather than blast the haters, he professes to being “delighted” that anyone likes it at all. Hit the jump to read why he’s had a change of heart.

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