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In her 28-year career, film critic Margaret Pomeranz has only ever walked out of one film.

Film critic and former host of At the Movies, Margaret Pomeranz has watched a lot of films.

From the critically acclaimed, to the downright awful, Pomeranz would know a thing or two about sitting through a dud flick, but to date there’s only been one film that’s caused her to walk out of the cinemas. And that’s the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Despite its box office success, the film starring Jessica Biel and Jonathan Tucker was too violent for the movie expert, she said to Foxtel Magazine while promoting her new show Screen, with Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell on Foxtel Arts.

“I was in a cinema and there was about 10 single men sitting around, and I just thought, I don’t have to see this,” said Pomeranz.

“So yes, I did walk out. I choose to embrace movies, but there is a lot of average movies out there. You just have to try and look at the good things in them.”

Watch the trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre right here:

Video by New Line Cinema

The film in question was the fifth remake of the classic slasher film about the serial killer ‘Leatherface’ who gruesomely kills a group of friends travelling through Texas. Speaking about her preference of film genres, Pomeranz said she no longer enjoys ‘torture porn’ films like those of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw franchises.

“Certain genres are not to my taste — prison dramas, man’s cruelty to other men or women … I used to embrace violence in cinema in a lot of ways, but I’m reacting against that,” she said.

“I’m totally against any form of censorship, but for me it’s a personal taste thing. I saw the first two Saw movies and didn’t want to see another one, but they sponsored real Australia talent, so good luck to them.

“But it’s not my favourite genre, torture porn.”

However, when it came to her favourite films for the 2019 awards season, like many other critics, she declared The Favourite to be well… one of her favourites.

“I was electrified by The Favourite,” she said.

Roma seems to be the favourite for Best Picture. It’s not actually mine, but it is being treated with a great deal of respect.”

In a 2016 interview with SBS, Pomeranz also listed La Belle Noiseuse, Hugo Weaving’s The Interview, and crime documentary The Thin Blue Line as some of her top favourite films of all time.

What are some of your favourite films? Tell us in a comment below.

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