Oscars 2018: the growing backlashes to this year's major nominations

Daring breaks from consensus make a body of criticism stronger and more consistently interesting, but as they say back at university, you’ve got to show your work.

The reception was considerably frostier when the film made its theatrical debut a couple months later in the states, as a growing faction of detractors railed against what’s been characterized as excessively lenient treatment from McDonagh for the racist cop character portrayed by Sam Rockwell.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte