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by Brian Lowry

Misjudging the art of judging

As they say, everyone has an opinion. But not all those insights are created equal. Back in 2007, yours truly anointed Simon Cowell "America's critic in chief." The thought at the time was with the "Siskel & Ebert" team over and Richard Roeper holding down the film-criticism fort with rotating guests, the tart Brit had emerged as a rare voice of tough but fair analysis in a showbiz landscape that in broadcast circles, anyway, often seemed split into two camps