Variety writes that critics have been out of synch with the public lately, especially on the movie 300:

In reviewing “300” last week, for example, A.O. (Tony) Scott of the New York Times, said the movie was “as violent as ‘Apocalypto’ and twice as stupid.”

If you know me, you know it’s no surprise that my opinion is 180 degrees from AO Scott’s. It’s sad, but a lot of critics take their cues from Scott and his NYT minions, Manohla Dargis and Stephen Holden, or from other haters like Kenneth Turan:

Kenneth Turan’s review in the Los Angeles Times, basically a prolonged wince, also noted that “300” was “Apocalypto” violent,” adding, “There is a limit to how often you can see soldiers speared and hacked to death and still stay involved.”

Some movies do deserve offhand dismissals. 300 is not one of those movies nor, for that matter, is Apocalypto.

UPDATE: Lewis Beale weighs in.