Studio written confidentiality agreements violate the independence of the reviewers. Formally everything that violates that is a disservice to the people who use reviews to guide their movie choices.
But is it an important violation? I'm sorry, it seems to me that the reviewing system is amazingly corrupted already. This issue is fairly trivial.
Violating their independence, LOL, that's absurd. They are not told what they have to write, they are free to BBQ the movie in the most scathing terms if they want to.
And Jarrod's ridiculous claim it's like Nazi Germany and a violation of Free Speech, OMG? The Free Speech Guarantee in the Constitution says, "Congress cannot make any laws restricting..." There is no Government involved here, therefore, there is no Free Speech involved here.
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