For those who don’t know the inner workings regarding the relationship between studios and film critics, it’s an illuminating story. For those that do, it asks interesting questions about what that relationship means. To begin, the New York Film Critics Circle moved up their voting deadline so they could be first out the gate in trying to steer the awards race (a meaningless endeavor since last year showed that near-universal critical love for The Social Network wasn’t enough to beat out the Academy-friendly The King’s Speech). To accommodate this new deadline, Sony agreed to provide a last-minute screening of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, this screening was for voting purposes only. Reviews were embargoed until December 13th.
The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby broke this embargo and his review went online today. Unsurprisingly, Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin wasn’t too pleased with this development and after the jump you’ll find the e-mail correspondence between the two.