But back up, go and read the original Village Voice piece, and gosh darn if Pilger isn't talking a complete bunch of bullshit, unless the Voice was trying to bury the film by giving it substantial and not unsympathetic coverage.
Anyway, film critics frequently 'speak out' as Pilger demands; they do it all the time. And they generally do better than this:
These days, there are two types of censorship. The first is censorship by introspective dross. Betraying its long tradition of producing gems, escapist Hollywood is consumed by the corporate formula: just make 'em long and asinine and hope the hype will pay off. Real talent is absorbed. Ricky Gervais is his clever comic self in Ghost Town, while around him stale, formulaic characters sentimentalise the humour to death.
So... Hollywood for long produced gems like Birth of a Nation, The Green Berets, and all the racist westerns and (you’ll have to read this bit for yourself but seriously) proto-neo-con second-world-war movies he refers to earlier in the piece; but now it produces long, asinine, introspective dross, all according to formula – a recent development – and relying on publicity to attract an audience, another completely unprecedented tactic in the annals of entertainment history. Ho-hum. It actually gets worse when he compares Hamas with the French resistance, but some stuff kind of fisks itself.