Are movie bloggers trading puff pieces in exchange for access to studios?

For my latest article for The Next Web I interviewed several movie critics about whether industry blogs are too acquiescent to the major movie studios:

Abaius said that the way the studios treat you depends largely on the size of your audience. Sites like and The Wrap and trade publications like Variety and the Hollywood Reporter get fed much more access than smaller publications like Film School Rejects, which averages about 2 million uniques a month. Still, Abaius does get at least some access. “We’ve been on set visits, get press releases, get interviews and access to special events and that sort of thing, but I’ve never felt like I’ve had to ‘play a game’ or ‘play by the rules’ or anything like that. We’ve always shared an opinion, whether it’s good, bad, or ugly, and the studios and smaller filmmaking outlets have always seized it to give a solid amount of access.”

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