This movie is quite a box of tricks, and director Alan Parker has turned the handle at the side and cranked out two hours' worth of flashy, meretricious and deeply silly nonsense.
If it is seduced consent, created by the meretricious fabrications of spin doctors, then democracy itself is at risk of degenerating.
Now some meretricious construct called Big Brother - without value, meaning or even entertainment-value - seems to captivate the luckless viewer.
Too often, it seemed to me, he was determined to discover in a literary work what was phony or meretricious rather than what was admirable.
In stark contrast to the Dome, which symbolises all that is trashy and meretricious in contemporary Britain, the Great Exhibition was the wonder of its age, a living expression of the country's growing majesty.
But anniversaries do provide an excuse to look beyond the meretricious present and pepper the pages of our pallid and alliteration-strewn papers with remembrances of times past.
There's something cheap about this sort of fake wisdom, something tawdry, meretricious , something… what's the word I'm looking for?
‘Glossy, meretricious crap,’ is his damning verdict.
But if millions of people can choose the meretricious rather than the meritorious in so simple a thing as coffee and cafés, is it sensible to give them the vote when much more complex issues are at stake?
We are so accustomed to meretricious cultural studies that when the real thing comes along, generous and suggestive, we may fail to see how many windows and veins it opens.