G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” director Stephen Sommers, from an interview with Michael Fleming:

I don’t think the mainstream critics are relevant here, they have criticized themselves into irrelevancy.

I make the kind of movies critics love to hate. They love dark and depressing movies…All the internet movie haters love this movie.

These critics have become a dying breed, and part of it is how much more vicious and personal they’ve become. They attack the directors, personally.

Glenn Kenny has some wise words on the whole “wither the critics/wither the kids” thing.