Good by Whose Standards? Exploring the Gap between Critics and Consumers

Hope you had a happy Easter! ****WARNING: If you wish to avoid reading anything about what critics have said about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, stop reading right now. You have been warned.****

By now you’ve heard that one of the most anticipated movies of 2016—Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice—opened to dismal reviews. It earned a stunning 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. (By comparison Zootopia earned a 99%.)

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I was surprised at that score. But what interested me more than the reviews I’ve seen was the reaction of fans in regard to the critics who viewed the film with such disfavor. Even director Zach Snyder and some of the cast reacted to the criticism.

The New York Times addressed the gap between fans and critics in an article by Jonah Bromwich that you can find here. Bromwich proclaims

Critics who have panned the film have been met with fury online, with angry fans sneering at their reviews, their writing and even their motives.

512px-Thumbs_down_font_awesome.svgThis is not the first time fans and critics have failed to see eye to eye. Undoubtedly, it won’t be the last. While Bromwich’s article mentioned that a critical thumb’s down won’t deter diehard fans (case in point: a teen I know saw the movie and loved it), a steady onslaught of critical reviews can sometimes take a toll. As of the writing of this post, the box office take for the movie had not yet been posted. So who knows? Perhaps the fans will have the last word if the film rakes in a ton of money. (Wired.com has what I think is a fair take on Batman v. Superman and the critical drubbing it received. You can find that here.)

Reactions to any artistic endeavor can be subjective. But when so many people pan a project, thus inspiring another group to pan them for panning said project, I can’t help wondering who decides which elements make a project “good” or “excellent.” Is beauty truly in the eyes of the beholder (the consumer) or in the eyes of the gatekeepers (critics, agents, movie studio executives, publishers—whoever)? Is the gap between consumers and gatekeepers widening?

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Many people have written books on what makes a piece of writing “good.” I’m sure you’ve seen some of those. You’re probably thinking of Strunk & White right about now, or Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing. I think of Ursula Le Guin’s Steering the Craft (a personal favorite). As for films, you have only to look at the lists of the “best” films of all time and books like Agee on Film: Criticism and Comment on the Movies to see what many have regarded as “good” films.

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If I’m serious about seeing a film, most of the time there is no critic alive who will deter me from seeing it. In fact, I try to avoid reading reviews until I’ve seen the film. But I’m not always successful in avoiding them; consequently, negative reviews sometimes sway me. With books, however, I often check the reviews (including verbal praise from friends) beforehand. I’ve been burned too many times in the past not to.

I have opinions, yes, about what I consider “good.” Sometimes I judge by the way a book or film made me feel as I read it or viewed it. Many of the books and films I’ve loved over the years haven’t had all of the bells and whistles of a critically acclaimed, National Book award finalist or Academy Award nominee. Yet I found something endearing about them. On the other hand, I’ve loved some extremely well written books (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, for instance) and films.

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The jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I have to chalk some of my reticence up to my inability to escape some of the negative press. How about you? Have you ever been swayed against seeing a film or reading a book because of a negative review? Do you, like some fans, believe that critics don’t understand what the average person likes? Why or why not?

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Batman v. Superman poster from thegg.net. Book covers from Goodreads. Peeps from Pinterest.com. Thumb’s down image from commons.wikimedia.org. Gap image from clipartpanda.com.

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84 thoughts on “Good by Whose Standards? Exploring the Gap between Critics and Consumers

  1. The press has certainly a big influence on the spectator or reader ‘ s behavior by the critics the awards etc… we cannot escape . Are not we molded by the media ? However the movies that you quote (Batman superman )are not in my tastes . . and the critic does not make me change ! 🙂
    This is different for the books . I would have more confidence in the critics but whatever I hold to my free appreciation and decision
    In friendship
    Michel

  2. I have a friend on my Facebook list who is a huge movie fan, always seems to be going to the cinema. He tends to post status updates that are really short reviews, be they good or bad. For the Superman v Batman film he loved it, gave it 9/10, and questioned what film the critics had been watching.
    Personally I wouldn’t go to see it, but probably would if it was on tv. One man’s meat and all that.

    • He posts reviews on Facebook? Wow. Glad he liked the film. As you said, Andy, one man’s meat etc. I’ve seen some very fair reviews of the movie by people who were entertained by it, but also pointed out the issues.

  3. I stopped reading reviews years ago when I discovered that I rarely agreed with them. I’ll listen to family and friends recommendations, but in general, I prefer to form my own opinion. I’ve never seen any of the Batman movies, but I did enjoy the show when I was a kid. 🙂

    • I usually don’t read movie reviews until after I’ve seen a film, as was the case with Zootopia. I also listen to recommendations of people close to me (who are usually the people I go to the movies with).

      I’ve enjoyed the Christoper Nolan Batman movies. 🙂

  4. I’m going to see it next Sunday and most of my friends have enjoyed it. Some say there are flaws, but it’s still a good movie. The strange thing for me is that those who despise it always bring Marvel (specifically, Civil War) into the conversation. Pointing out that I’m not interested in that one and will probably wait for either Red Box or HBO doesn’t help. Anyway, I noticed the local reviewer did the same thing. This is a guy who 1-starred ‘Deadpool’ for being a violent, crude, R-Rated superhero movie. He mentioned jokes that weren’t even in the movie, which is bizarre. That makes me wonder if some critics go in with a decision already made and then just write around that. It isn’t the first time I saw someone rant about part of a movie that never happened too.

    • I think you’re right about some critics who have an agenda. I’ve also heard some mention Marvel, which is totally unfair. The movie should be reviewed on its own merits, rather than compared to another comic book franchise. It should also be reviewed for what it is, rather than faulted for being exactly what it is (i.e. Deadpool).

      Big budget movies always seem to be under the microscope more. I keep hearing people talk about the cost of the movie. I don’t know how much the film made (haven’t looked at box office). But I’m willing to bet it made more than the budget over the weekend. (Plus the franchising alone has been huge.)

      • I guess some people just like to compare or choose sides. I still think Marvel needs DC to make a movie universe to remain sharp. Otherwise, they’ll get lazy. Best example is WWE after WCW and ECW went away. Without competition, you have no reason to take risks or try harder than the minimal.

        I don’t think it made more than it’s budge. I heard 170 million and believe it has a 250 million price tag. The sad thing here is that the companies should be the ones to use that as a measuring stick. I don’t see why the audience should concern themselves with how much money a movie made and judge the quality on that. Could have been crappy advertising, bad timing, or bad economy. There are plenty of movies I’ve enjoyed that didn’t make a killing at the box office.

      • Honestly, I think the advertising for this movie was part of the issue. Some trailers showed way more than they should have (probably trying to please fans). Many people groused about them on the internet, thus creating negative buzz.

        I agree that Marvel and DC should coexist. I’ve never been an either/or person. I give equal opportunity to both, having grown up reading Marvel and DC comics. DC has some great characters. The animated movies and TV series have been great (though I can’t say I’m a fan of all of the TV series; the ones I watch I enjoy). So it stands to reason that DC should be able to pull off some great big-screen movies.

      • I keep hearing people say that too much was shown, but I didn’t see it. Also, Civil War did the same thing and nobody complained. With BvS, we knew a fight would happen and Wonder Woman was involved. Perhaps the only thing I can see as being too much was Doomsday being shown. Even so, I’ve seen trailers for movies like that before.

        Funny thing with me is that I was into more Marvel comics than DC. Most of my collection consists of Spider-Man and X-Titles. Yet, I find myself not wanting to deal with them. Part of it is because of how many characters are being treated in the comics though. DC does seem to have had the better cartoons though. After all, Superman and Batman Animated series are what gave use Livewire and Harley Quinn.

      • Yes, the Doomsday aspect is what I’ve heard the most complaints about in regard to the trailer. And you’re right–haven’t heard a single complaint about the Civil War trailer.

        Yes, I still love the animated offerings. I wonder if Paul Dini or Bruce Timm are ever consulted in regard to the movies.

        My older brother was probably the bigger Marvel fan, because he read everything. I was pickier–Spider-Man, Thor, and Fantastic Four were my favorites. But that changed as I grew older.

      • The odd thing about Doomsday and a lot of the movie ‘spoilers’, is that people were hurling them around the Internet before they appeared. There wasn’t as much hidden as one would think. Like in Avengers 2 when it was announced that a character will die, so everyone pointed out which ones still had sequels or the actors who signed on for multiple movies. By the way, does anybody remember that Spider-Man wasn’t originally part of Civil War and was kind of shoehorned in at the last minute? Am I the only one worried about that? 🙂

        I think BvS is based more on Frank Miller’s stuff than the cartoons. Hence the darker stuff and how Batman is more violent. It’s funny how DC is going in the opposite direction than Marvel. One would think it’s a good thing since it means they aren’t trying to one up each other on pun usage.

        I did have some Thor and FF, but they weren’t as big as Spidey and X-Titles in the 90’s. I had trouble getting into those too. I was into Deadpool too, but that was near the end of me being able to afford comics.

      • Yes, I’m worried about the shoehorning. I can understand wanting Spider-Man in a movie. But make him count, is all I ask.

        Frank Miller is very solid, so good on them. The issues I’m hearing are not so much Batman (which many people praise) but other stuff I won’t name that I heard from spoiler free reviews. If you’re like my younger brother, you won’t want to know even that much, especially if you’re planning to see the movie soon. 😀

      • Totally agree. Early on, they said Black Panther had Spidey’s role from the comics. Now that he’s actually in the movie, I’m concerned on what will happen to both characters.

        I’ve seen the issues. The think about Frank Miller though is that he despises Superman. Not even subtle about it and this is where the ‘Batman smarter than Superman’ stuff came from. Prior to this, they were equally matched in brains. Also his later stuff wasn’t as good. Everyone thinks of his first run of Batman, but he had another that many complained about.

      • I was going to bring up Black Panther. I always get edgy when more and more characters are added to the roster. It’s impossible to give their story arcs enough screen time (the issue with Age of Ultron; I enjoyed the movie though).

        I agree about Frank Miller’s early stuff. The issue with Batman is that too many people keep adding to his skill set. Next thing we know, he’ll have the ability to do brain surgery!

      • The rough thing for Black Panther is that he’s being added to a roster of already known characters. At least Wanda and Pietro were on the villain side, which allowed them to do more. Not sure how that’s going to work this time since both sides are packed. Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if this is more a long interlude for Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Avengers: Infinity War than its own movie.

        Wouldn’t be surprised if Batman has already done that. The thing is that he really only wins if he has time to plan. If you drop a piano on him without warning then he isn’t going to survive. Yet now that scenario is that he’ll sense the piano and escape while hitting 5 shadow-cloaked ninjas with 1 batarang.

      • Yes. Too bad his movie isn’t out until 2018!
        Batman has more of my sympathy when he’s barely making it by the seat of his pants, rather than when he’s all knowing. 😦

      • That version always seems more human and believable. As for the 2018 movie, I keep forgetting how Disney/Marvel announced all of their future projects. Talk about showing your hand.

      • I wonder if they’ll follow through on those 2018/2019 movies. I’ve been hearing some people complain about the number of superhero films. I still enjoy them. But some feel superhero burnout.

      • People complain about everything. I’m kind of on a Marvel burnout though. I have seen people demanding that DC cancel all future movies, which seems extreme. They can’t reboot things already or people would complain about another reboot. Basically, DC can either stay the course or quit entirely. I’m hoping for the former because they have heroes slated that I’ve wanted to see on the big screen for years.

      • Cancel all future movies? That advice doesn’t make sense at all! They can do this well. They’ve chosen their animation division people well. So logically the live action movie division should work too. They just need time.

      • Let me know what you think.
        I’m not a fan of Zack Snyder, but I don’t hate him. I didn’t hate Man of Steel. It’s not a favorite of mine, but some parts of it were really good.

      • I really liked it. Not sure where the hate comes from unless you went in expecting a lighthearted, joke-filled romp. Took a bit to get used to the editing style and I wanted more Wonder Woman, but kept my attention for the whole thing.

      • It’s a different kind of superhero movie given the more recent stuff. A way to look at it is the opposite end of the spectrum from Deadpool. While Deadpool focused on the violence and humor to stand out, BvS delves a lot more into character motivation and psychology. Though I’ve read that there are 30 deleted minutes that will be added to the R-Rated DVD version.

      • I’ve heard that too. I’m all for character motivation! It sounds like Snyder wanted to make this movie really epic. I can’t fault him for that.

      • It couldn’t have been easy. He had to fight a more standard Superman and the Frank Miller Batman into one story. Not to mention all the other aspects. I think he was told that a big part was to set up for the future movies too.

      • I’ll bet the studio pressured him to cram a bunch of stuff in. 😦 I wouldn’t be a Hollywood director for any money in the world!

      • Not sure if it was pressured or not. Seems one of the main goals was to set up for the big universe. A lot of the small things (Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, etc.) fit in rather easily. The truth is that the superhero movies might be hitting their peak as far as interest goes. You see more people complaining about ‘another superhero movie’, so DC can’t go slow like Marvel did.

      • I’ve seen a lot of my favorite YouTube reviewers (whom I can count on for a really fair review since they are diehard DC fans) complain about what they saw as forced tie-ins to future movies. One brought up Deadpool as a refreshing, entertaining movie, because it lacked the plugs the larger cinematic universe. Would you agree? Disagree?

      • I’d disagree on a few reasons. One is that Deadpool had plenty of plugs for Xmen stuff. Heck, Colossus was there and he even went to the X-Mansion. As far as BvS, I don’t think thing were forced if you pay attention. Trying not to do spoilers here, but there are hints that someone else is behind the events. The ‘tie-ins’ are one scene of Wonder Woman looking through a computer that has files on meta-humans. Maybe a glance at the Robin costume that the Joker spray-painted counts too. I really don’t think it was forced since it fit the tone, which was dark and gritty.

        I think that’s one of the biggest problems going on. Marvel has set a superhero movie standard for humor and lightheartedness. It’s what people expect. X-Men is immune because it started before the MCU kicked off. DC is going in an entirely different route. There were a few chuckles, but most of it was a lot about character motives and choices.

        Another thing about tie-ins: What in the world do these people think Marvel has been doing all this time? Every movie after Iron Man 1 has had future movie tie-ins. Civil War has Spider-Man (future movie), Black Panther (future movie), Ant Man (future sequel), and a lot of push toward Avengers: Infinity War. I saw the new trailer when I saw BvS and all I saw was ‘we knock over the chessboard to make way for the new stuff’. So I really don’t think it’s fair to berate DC for having tie-ins to future movies when that’s been a staple of Marvel movies for so long.

      • And that’s what they complained about–they are sick of all movie tie-ins. I’m sure I didn’t explain that right. But they must have forgotten the evident plugs in Deadpool. 🙂

        I don’t mind most of the ties to the larger universe, because they make the story epic. In Lord of the Rings, Tolkien mentioned epic sagas we know from The Silmarillion. However, some (like the mention of Thor and Ragnarok in Age of Ultron) seemed extraneous. But that’s just my opinion.

        DC and Marvel have soooo many characters and storylines. I can’t blame them for wanting to remind people of those stories, especially when movies will debut.

      • Sad thing is that they probably don’t realize that it has to be this way. You can’t make a ‘Movie Universe’ without tie-ins. Otherwise it’s a bunch of movies that happen to take place in the same world (some even the same city) with no mention of the other. We have to keep in mind that Marvel and DC are doing something that’s never been done to this extent. At least outside of books. Some of the rules have to be ignored. The alternative is to have movies that are isolated from the rest of the universe and never bring those heroes into the main stuff. That would just bring other complaints.

      • This is a new day for film series! People would complain if they didn’t mention the fact that the movies are related. No wonder screenplays are often written by committee! But it’s interesting that the director is usually blamed in the case of the movie tie-ins, rather than the screenwriter.

      • The director seems to get a lot of heat. Doesn’t matter if they’re responsible or not. I wonder if producers have more influence over that kind of stuff than the director.

  5. My one teen son is very swayed by reviews and wouldn’t see Batman v Superman because of them. My older son is immune to reviews and will see whatever he likes. I am definitely swayed by reviews and my husband even more so. He won’t want to rent a movie if Rotten Tomatoes gave it a poor rating. But I’ve seen too many movies I’ve liked – despite the Rotten Tomatoes rating – to go on what they say alone. I’ve heard many authors say that they don’t read reviews, especially on Goodreads or Amazon. But I guess that’s different because they are the ones creating the art, not simply consumers of it.

    • Laura, I’ve also seen movies I’ve liked despite the rating. I wind up seeing them on Netflix or Redbox though.

      I take some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads with a grain of salt. Sadly, I’ve seen some angry, one-star reviews that were written in retaliation to a blog post. Reviews like that are useless, because the motivation is revenge. 😦

  6. In the past, I have written many music/cd/concert reviews pubbed in various journals, papers, e-sites etc. I believe there is a difference between being a ‘critic’ and being a ‘reviewer’. More often than not, the reviewer is knowledgeable in the craft being reviewed and can thus supply thoughtful/mindful insight into the performance/recording/manuscript/etc – resulting in an ‘informed’ review instead of one purely based upon ‘feelings’. Also, this way favourable and unfavourable ‘feelings’ can be quantified in a manner that helps others to form their own opinions.
    How often have you as a reader/writer not liked a particular book, but continued to read it because of its gorgeous prose? The reviewer mentions this aspect of it; the critic does not and continues to destroy what it does not like.
    Just a sound-bite comment on a very large topic!

    • Great thoughts, Laura. Thanks for providing the difference between a critic and a reviewer. As a book editor, I’ve had to review manuscripts. But the review process was much more positive. The publisher was interested in the manuscript (rather than trying to warn someone away from a product).

      In re the gorgeous prose aspect, I’ve actually stopped reading books I didn’t like though the prose was stellar. I won’t name them here. But they came highly recommended. I’ve mentioned before how one of my grad advisors criticized a scene I wrote. I had labored over the prose. But she found it hollow, because I cared more about the prose than I did about the characters. That’s why I quit reading some of the highly recommended books. To me they were beautiful shells. They did not touch me at all.

      • I have had to review manuscripts (unsolicited) for a number of publishers. Because of that, I avoid writing book reviews for publications (newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.). The possibility of stepping on someone’s toes is too unavoidable. I know far too many writers and have been associated with too many publishers.

        However, when I’m asked to analyze a manuscript, I assess the strengths and weaknesses of it, usually with the view that the author can fix it.

        If I had a contract to write a book review (as you mentioned), I can only hope to fairly assess the strengths and weaknesses of the piece as my advisor did with the beautiful shells critique. But I would have to mention that while some aspects are subjective, others aren’t.

      • I like that…a great way to not compromise, yet be positive (adding that last bit about some aspects being subjective and others not really helped fill my tool box for future ‘hard to do’ reviews.)

      • It’s great that you’re called upon to give a review, since you are a skilled musician with a wide knowledge of the field. We need informed reviews. I appreciate when well-known authors and musicians are called upon to provide reviews. You know you’re getting a meaty review.

  7. Sometimes I agree with “the critics” about a film or book.
    Sometimes I don’t.

    Sometimes I agree with “average viewers” about a film or book.
    Sometimes I don’t.

    If I read reviews before reading a book or seeing a film, I look at WHY they didn’t like it ~ if they complained of gratuitous sex and extreme violence or a plotless plodding plot or cardboard characters, I might listen and skip it.

    Even then, if the subject matter seems thought provoking, I might say, “Damn the Critics, Full Steam Ahead.”

    The best film I saw this month ~> Spotlight (about the Catholic Church shielding priests from prosecution for child molestation in Boston).

    • I heard that was really good. A friend of mine wanted to see it, but I couldn’t make it at the time.
      I also look at the why behind a review, especially if the source is one I trust. I’ve also seen some movies panned that the critics, in a second opinion, decided were not so bad.

  8. I’m not that often influenced by reviews, L. Marie – though, there are times.
    I found Roger Ebert to be the best, though it might be because he often reviewed movies that weren’t block-busters and often reviewed the quiet sleepers. I probably won’t see Batman v Superman, but, that’s just because it’s not my cup of tea (though I’ll probably eventually watch it at home).
    Same thing with books. Actually, with books, it is through bookish blogs that I find many, many wonderful books I wouldn’t otherwise read. Right now, I’m reading Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry, at the suggestion of one of my daughters, who rarely steers me wrong.
    When someone takes the time to call or email me with a “Penny, you need to see . . . ” it is usually a heads up for me.
    Great post.

      • I still have a ways to go in “Jayber Crow”, but, I’m pretty certain that I will recommend it, L. Marie. It is one of those immensely simple yet rich novels with such stunning prose that I’m finding my read going quite slowly as I’m reading lines over again. I may buy this one as I think it will be a re-read. It is the first person story of Jayber Crow, who name in itself is a story. He is orphaned as a small child, then again at 10, institutionalized in a home were he has a calling from God – at least he thinks he does. On his way to becoming a preacher, he becomes a barber in a small Kentucky town. Our Katy recommended it to me. She doesn’t recommend all that often, but, when she does, she is always spot on.

  9. With movies and plays I tend to choose on the basis of reviews, but with books, I’ve been steered wrong too many times to use rave reviews as a guide. Most often, the book hasn’t lived up to the promise of the rave reviews. I usually choose a book based on the subject matter and if I liked the author’s previous work. However, I’m a reviewer, so I read a lot of books because I have to review them, and I know that I’ve also been guilty of overselling a book that I loved but didn’t match the taste of the reader or had flaws that turned out to bother the reader more than they bothered me.

    • I know what you mean about books that don’t live up to the rave reviews. Some three-star reviews turn out to be more honest than some five-star reviews where the reviewer only provided two lines without any substance.

      If I’m a fan of the author, I will pick up that person’s next book sight unseen. But sometimes I’ve been burned.

      • For me, it depends on the subject of the next book. There are books that I loved, but the author’s next book, or previous book didn’t interest me as much, so I didn’t run out and get it.

      • I hear you! I paid full hardback price for several sophomore books that weren’t as good. I’m grateful Half-Price Books exists to sell those books off!

  10. I’m afraid the recent rehashes of Superman and Batman coupled with the reviews convinced Beloved and I not to see it for theater price or even rush out to get it as soon as it hits the rental places. No negative reviews necessary. We’re too much fans of the older renditions. (Though we were impressed with Heath Ledger’s Joker.)

    I’ve been swayed by reviews, yes, but I rely on pluggedin’s reviews more than others. Besides a summary that IS subjective, they list out a number of things objectively (number of times a swear word is used, whether there’s nudity/sexuality). Unless I’m relying on it for something I don’t have opportunity to prescreen for my children, I skip the subjective and just look at the objective to see if there’s anything that will really bother me in the movie. Even with the objective stuff listed out, they’re amazing at not sharing spoilers without warning, so that’s never been an issue.

    • I know what you mean, ReGi. Though the movie is making money, I wonder if the controversy will affect the Justice League movie. I find it interesting that one director was given control of the franchise. I wonder if other directors will be sought out.

      I used to watch the Justice League, Batman, and Superman animated series, which is pretty mild. I don’t mind loaning those DVDs to kids. But I wouldn’t take a young child to the grittier Batman Superman movie.

      • Yeah….. A lot of the super hero movies are marketed with kids in mind but filmed for adults. Only our teen has seen any of them and that only Captain America. Our kids DO, however, faithfully start asking what time it is around 2 in the afternoon on Saturdays so they can watch the b&w Superman and 1960’s Batman. 😉

      • Wow. I’m glad they watch those. I was talking to a teen recently (the same one who saw the new Batman/Superman movie) who was appalled by the old Batman show. To each his own!

      • Appalled? Really? Because it’s so tongue-in-cheek good guy? I wonder if they didn’t get the humor. I think the art of clever spoof humor is slowly dying as sexual humor takes over.

      • Yes. He thought the show was way too cheesy. I couldn’t get him to watch many of the older episodes of Doctor Who either.

  11. I am like you, I don’t let a bad review or two stop me from seeing a movie. Sometimes I crave a silly movie with no real plot or one that is a tear jerker, just because and I don’t let anything stop me from going. You should definitely go see it and decide for yourself. 🙂

  12. With so much to read and watch and limited time, reviews can be a wonderful filter. But as you noted they can be subjective …. If the majority of reviews say the same thing, I tend to believe them. The actors or authors also influence my choice. I have not been disappointed by any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio or Russell Crowe as the leading actor.

    I tend to rely on recommendations from friends who know me some. They say, “Hey you’ll love this.” I ask why and then watch the movie depending on their answer. Other times I like the trailer, the blurb, etc.

    On a more personal note, as a blogger, I’ve come to realize that my writing won’t resonate with everyone, and it’s okay. I’m satisfied that I wrote a good article anyway.

    • Thank you! It’s something to think about. Granted, there are some standards that are irrefutable. But sometimes critics and consumers don’t see eye to eye.

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