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Old 07-27-2018, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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We just watched “A Quiet Place” based on all the glowing reviews. I thought it was completely mediocre and not really very believable, even for “science fiction”. I’ve no clue either as to the reason behind some of these reviews.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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You have to understand what movie reviews and rating are all about.

There are good rated movies, bad rated movies, an movies right in the middle. The vast majority of movies will be in the middle and you must judge for yourself whether the movie will be worth watching. Sometimes the reviews are good but you felt it was trash, other times the reviews are bad but you felt it was good.

It all comes down to realizing that movie reviews can be flawed too.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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We just watched “A Quiet Place” based on all the glowing reviews. I thought it was completely mediocre and not really very believable, even for “science fiction”. I’ve no clue either as to the reason behind some of these reviews.
Yes, the critics blew that movie. It wasn't anything special. How about Netflix's Annihilation or even Arrival? Plenty of movies out there have glowing reviews and were complete crap. Black Panther was also overrated.

Movie reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt.
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Old 07-27-2018, 08:40 PM
 
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Guardians of the Galaxy had great reviews and wondered what the hype was about and was disappointed by how bad it was.
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Guardians of the Galaxy had great reviews and wondered what the hype was about and was disappointed by how bad it was.

I didn't like it for the first 3 times or so but now it's one of those movies you can put on in the background while you do something else, it's actually grown on me. I wouldn't say I like it but I don't mind it.
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Old 07-28-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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Reviews, movie and otherwise, are one person’s (hopefully informed) opinion. They may or may not mirror your ideas or values, and may or may not be interesting to read on their own.

I somerimes enjoy reading them as works in and of themselves, especially in publications like the New Yorker or New York Review of Books. I most often respect them when they are very clear about why they did or didn’t like something — though whether that means I trust their judgement is another issue. And I most respect critics when they actually do like works in the genres they critique instead of getting their jollies trashing stuff. Some critics are of the latter type, and I think they’re reprehensible folks, though they’re less frequently encountered than they used to be.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:08 AM
 
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Try choosing one that you agree with on most movies and ignore the chaff. I used to like Siskel more than Ebert, and there was one female critic that I regularly thought must have been getting kickbacks from her glowing reviews of junk.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I find that reading multiple critics' summaries will usually give me a pretty good idea of what to expect from a movie (or even to skip it). Some critics I don't agree with at all, but general consensus I find to still be a pretty good guideline.

The one movie critic I always trusted and agreed with almost 100% of the time was Roger Ebert. Sure do miss him...
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: La Costa, California
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Yeah, I liked Roger Ebert too. I like the fact that critics usually have a more serious view of film as art. I don't usually go for the most popular films and don't mind at all when they get panned by critics.

Ebert though could have a serious and deep appreciation of art but also get the fun and escapism of movies. A rare combo.
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