Critic Crist glories in her reputation as a "" 'snide, sarcastic, supercilious bitch'."" She's really not. She's just blunt ""Spencer's Mountain, outstanding for its smirking sexuality, its glorification of the vulgar, its patronizing tone toward the humble, its mealymouthed piety, was specifically selected for its appeal to American youth."" (The Mountain was filling Radio City at the time.) Not as subtle a writer as Kael (to whom she will inevitably be compared) Miss Crist is given to boisterous enthusiasm when she deems it warranted. . . ""brilliant success. . . so frankly romantic, rollicking and lighthearted a frolic"". . . Tom Jones. And so it goes from Cleo to Clyde to the little movies to the foreign film with succincl commentary Ship of Fools, a case of ""shouting a truism where the novelist whispered a truth."" There are ten best lists and ten worst lists and always optimism as Crist the eternally hopeful reformer confronts the screen test, popcorn in one hand, red pencil in the other. Her private eye dissecting the cowboy and the very naked girl.