Diane Garrett at Daily Variety, the venerable daily newspaper that has been covering the film industry since 1903, reported February 1, 2008, that, "Studios have long questioned the relevance of film critics. Now, even newspapers are doing it." See "Newspapers showing critics the door."
"Many have recently eliminated their longtime critics, opting to pick up reviews from outside sources rather than devote dwindling resources to film criticism at a time when the blogosphere is exploding with all sorts of film critiques and opinion," she declared.
Garrett concluded that, "The heyday of the local critic may soon be gone forever -- if it isn't already."
Well, if critics want to continue reviewing films they can always get a blog.