… just to make it personal somehow… to convey the idea that you’ve had a personal experience with this art… which is the best you can do. Rather than say ‘thumbs up, thumbs down,’ and  'this is great’ or 'this is not great’, just say, 'this meant something to me,’ and give some idea of why it did, how I felt my way into this or through it. It seems like a good way to go. 

NY Times art critic Holland Cotter in conversation with David A. Ross (AP Chair) about art criticism and art journalism as part of the MFA Art Practice Summer 2014 lecture series, Practice