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Old 08-26-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Depends on what 'good' means in this context. The only purpose of a movie like Police Academy is to make people laugh, it is not supposed to make you think about life and death And it was pretty good at making people laugh.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Depends on what 'good' means in this context. The only purpose of a movie like Police Academy is to make people laugh, it is not supposed to make you think about life and death And it was pretty good at making people laugh.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie. However, I know that that most people do not. So that is why I use it as an example.

I like movies and films and have a wide variety of tastes. I could watch Citizen Kane one day and watch The Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust the next. There is room in my world for thought provoking film and for movies where stuff just blows up.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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whatever they say its the opposite.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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whatever they say its the opposite.
You are contradicting yourself. You liked Elf as did most critics. So how could whatever a critic say be the opposite?
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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I do not always 100% agree with critics, but there are a couple I appreciate, Roger Ebert and this guy, Robert Denerstein.

I read Denerstein most often. Along with his helpful film reviews, he also turns me on to movies I might not even know about.

Film reviews help me understand the director's motivations, or they might just clue me in to stay home and skip that movie. Like Bs13690, sometimes I want thoughtful, provoking material, and sometimes I just want bread and circuses.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:14 PM
 
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I was watching Bruce Almighty again last night and it is still so funny in my view, and it has a message between all those funny lines.

So I was looking that movie up on Wiki, and again it says that it only got mixed reviews.

That has happened to me so many times before. And it makes me wonder what the criteria are for those critics? They often seem out of sync with the millions of people watching the movies, which also shows in the numbers. Oftentimes movies that get bad reviews score big, and vice versa.

Do you care about reviews when deciding whether or not to see a movie?
They're helpful as guidelines but...ultimately, I use my own judgment. Most of time, I consider who the actors are and their caliber in order to go against the main flow.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Movie reviews do serve a purpose for me to be alerted to movies I might never watch or even know about. The blockbusters I will make up my own mind about but let's take a lesser known movie like "Bridesmaids". I would normally just dismiss it as a chick flick, but if the reviews reveal it to be more than that, I might give it a shot.
They also might help me discover a foreign movie I may not have thought about, like "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" which, thanks to some reviews I read made me interested to see it and I liked it.
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