I have been repeating this tirelessly for a quarter century now, and I'm very glad to read A.O. Scott saying it again so well, in Dave Itzkoff's NY Times story about the demise of the "Siskel & Ebert"-style "At the Movies" format on TV:
"It's always been true that people can go to the movies without reading what critics have to say about the movies," Mr. Scott said. He added: "Criticism matters to the people who care about it. It's not that everybody out there in the world needs to hear what we have to say, but some people want to. And there is still, I think, an appetite."