NOTE: Old post, sorta rambly.
The main goal of a critic, put rather simply, is to tell their audience “is this good or is this bad?”. Even though some critics look down on their audience, pretty much all of them acknowledge that their duty is to explain to said audience why or why not they should experience something. With that said, I find it rather unsettling that most people who take it upon themselves to accept that duty as a critic don’t at the very least try to approach things with an open mind.
With that said, people often let their biases get the best of them. They go in to something with every intention to dislike it, and very rarely does it end well for them. No matter how low your hopes are for something going in, you should never dismiss it based on a simple assumption of what you will or won’t get out of it. You should be hoping that anything you watch gives you something valuable that lasts. “I tried to like it” should never be an excuse, it should be one of the main rules.
When you’re a critic and you write your detailed explanations of why or why not something appealed to you, the one thing that’s important is that you’ve gotten the most out of what you’re critiquing, that you’re not holding yourself back from appreciating something concrete because your biases towards a genre or author or animation studio or what have you won’t allow you to. When your goal is to be of value to an audience, try to be of as much value as you can and never intentionally stray from being as informed and open as possible no matter what.