Back on July 11, 2008, the Guardian of London restaurant critic Jay Rayner, writing in the publication's Theatre & Performing Arts blog, noted that, "... across the United States newspaper critics covering a range of disciplines - film, dance, television - are being laid off or reassigned." See "Blog critics: A penny for your thoughts? " and "Is it curtains for critics?"
"The reasons are complex but key among them is that, in the age of Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, when opinions are freely available all over the web, the newspaper critic is becoming regarded as rather more of a luxury than many publishers feel they can afford," he opines.
Rayner "examined" in the Observer Review "the challenge being posed to established newspaper critics by the democratisation of opinion out on the web."
Overall, I prefer the diversity of opinion provided by the numerous film and television critics who've emerged in recent years and disseminate their views through blogs. They don't write in what I call the "God is Speaking" tone.