A bad review for Rex Reed

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Who the heck is Rex Reed anyway? And since he is older than the Crypt Keeper, shouldn’t he be retired already?

Don’t get your knickers in a twist, I know who he is. I just don’t like him.

The movie critic is really too long in the tooth to still be writing any movie reviews. He should have quit before the talkies came in. His latest rant against Melissa McCarthy proves that.

When did it become okeydokey and peachy keen, to base your criticism of a movie on the weight or appearance of the cast. Shouldn’t the movie critic consider the plot? Whether McCarthy is 100 pounds or 1,000 pounds shouldn’t be the basis of you liking the film or not. Unless McCarthy was portraying a hippo and not doing a good job or was a crappy tractor, then I don’t think Reed’s comments have any value.

But I guess it is politically correct to insult a fat women. After all, he was only doing it for her health.

In reviewing the actresses latest hit “Identity Thief,” (it opened to $38.6 million, last weekend), so ha!, the cranky old film critic called McCarthy a “cacophonous, tractor-sized,” and a “female hippo.”

When Hollywood reared its hind legs to kick him in the teeth, he tried to weasel his way out by explaining the age-old same-old same-old, “I have too many friends who’ve died [from obesity-related issues],” and “I object to using health issues like obesity as comedy talking points.”

Puleeeze! Get over yourself Rex, you can take your comments and stuff them where the sun don’t shine. You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch and there ain’t no two ways about it.

I’d like to see how good old Rex would react if critics decided to critique his writing style and instead of calling him a long-winded, pompous old hack (which he is) that don’t know a hill of beans about his subject (which he don’t) the critic would choose to insult Rex’s sexuality or the fact that Mr. Reed is older than mold and wears more makeup than Zsa Zsa Gabor, with sagging jowls in need of a good plastic surgeon.

I’m not one to throw stones — my glass house is out in the open, so I really don’t like those that do.

If you don’t like the movie, the book, the play, the concert, whatever, attack the product, not the person’s appearance. It shows a dearth of class and a tremendous lack of professionalism.

Not for Nuthin™ Rex, if you don’t have anything good to say, just keep that aging, sagging mouth closed.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues — and old film critics — every Wednesday on E-mail her at

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