Kael’s ‘Hooked’ Revisited in NYT

Dwight Garner revisits Kael’s Hooked (which he panned 22 years ago upon release).

Pauline Kael died 10 years ago this summer, only a few days before 9/11; most remembrances of her were lost in the haze and fury. I’ve been thinking about Kael a lot recently, missing her bawdy and crackling voice, wondering what she’d say if she were alive to weigh in on, say, Black Swan or The Social Network. (I suspect she’d have smacked both around, while finding things to enjoy about David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s work in the Facebook movie.)


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