They Said What

They Said What?!

They Said What?! is a recurring column in which Chris Coffel explores the highs and lows of film criticism through history. How did critics feel about a certain movie at the time, and do we see it differently now?

Explore the full They Said What?! archive below

The 40 Year Old Virgin

What Critics Said About ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’


Judd Apatow made his directorial debut 15 years ago with ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin.’ We take a look back at what the critics had to say.

Carell The Office

What Critics Said About ‘The Office’


The American take on ‘The Office’ is one of the most beloved television shows of all time. But did it start out that way?

Scooby Doo

What Critics Said About ‘Scooby-Doo’


With the mystery solving Great Dane returning to the “big screen,” we take a look back at what critics had to say the first time he made the theatrical leap.

Village Of The Damned

What Critics Said about John Carpenter’s ‘Village of the Damned’


In 1995, John Carpenter took another stab at a remake. What did the critics have to say?

American Psycho

What Critics Said About ‘American Psycho’


It’s hip to be square, but did critics think it was hip to like ‘American Psycho?’

High Fidelity

What Critics Said About ‘High Fidelity’


In celebration of ‘High Fidelity’ turning 20, we take a look back at what the critics had to say about the John Cusack hipster comedy.

Friday The 13Th

What Critics Said About The Original ‘Friday the 13th’


‘Friday the 13th’ is one of the most popular horror films of all time. Surely the critics loved it, right?

Hollow Man

What Critics Said About ‘Hollow Man’


Were the dazzling state-of-the-art special effects of ‘Hollow Man’ enough to win over the hearts of critics?

American Beauty

What Critics Said About ‘American Beauty’


A look at the critical evolution of Sam Mendes’ Oscar-winning debut.