The Ithacajournal.com has an interesting interview with the New York Times’ film critic A.O. Scott, if you’re into talking about the Arts. Although a film critic a lot of what he says about writing and consuming critical reviews play out across all genres.
“I learned that often the most valuable reviews are those we don't agree with. Ones that prompt us to ask How does this connect with what I think? The best criticism always enriches the experience of seeing or reading a work. A critic just offers a more formal or systematic version of what you and your friends do after you've seen a movie.”
If you want to read all that he has to say go here.