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Spoiler warning: why our fear of giving away plot details has gone too far

Interventions like Quentin Tarantino's may sound well-intentioned. But demanding critics leave plot details out of their reviews doesn't only do them a disservice—it reduces the complexity of film as an art form to a series of mere narrative twists

By Caspar Salmon  

Earlier this week, ahead of the premiere in Cannes of his latest film, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino issued an open letter to critics asking them not to spoil the film for future audiences.

The director wrote: “I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time …. The cast…

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