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Is there are relationship between critics reviews (grades) and box office of a movie?

Type: General

Submitted by lk2fireone (196)
No correlation 19% 6 Votes
Slight correlation 39% 12 Votes
Strong correlation 10% 3 Votes
Doesn't matter 29% 9 Votes
My grade is what counts 3% 1 Votes
Both 5 and 6 are the answers 0% 0 Votes

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31 Votes Total

Jul 2, 2010

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BadMrFrosty (56) How many big summer blockbusters receive more than 5 out of 10 from respected critics yet go on to make hundreds of millions at the box office? I'd say most of them. Of course there are exceptions but most of the time the score a movie gets from critics has no impact on its takings.
07-02-10  05:22am

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exotics4me (463) I don't think it matters that much either if at all. If I'm watching a movie it's because I either like the actors/actresses, story or director. Pretty much the same way I approach porn site reviews too.
07-02-10  07:17am

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Capn (28) I never read film reviews anyway.

If I like a trailer, I'll make a note to look out for the movie.

Cap'n. :0)

07-02-10  07:49am

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PinkPanther (46) Who goes to the movies? Teenagers with money to spend and time on their hands, mainly. They're going to see movies with good special effects, they're going to see big dumb fun comedies and they're going to see horror movies. None of those 3 categories depend much on reviews. Reviews can help with smaller films, but not so much with big ones.
07-02-10  01:42pm

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Drooler (220) If anyone's done a study, there's an answer, but I don't know what it would be. So I picked "slight correlation," whatever the range of correlation coefficient would be for "slight."

I just read movie reviews on occasion to pass time when I need to. But good reviews are rather hard to come by. They're usually too full of hype.

07-02-10  03:08pm

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turboshaft (24) If I read a review it's more to figure out what the movie's about rather than whether it's any good or not, and I'd expect many read them for similar reasons. Plus, a lot of critics' tastes are, well, not that popular to begin with; they swoon over artsy independent foreign films that play in only a handful of theaters in the entire country, but dismiss popcorn features that go on to break sales records.

I will say in their defense that the ones who review for more mainstream news outlets tend to drop the whole if-your-a-parent act. Nothing I hate more than to read a review that sounds as if young children are the norm for what a film should contain.

07-02-10  05:16pm

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pat362 (373) I actually think they have a significant impact on a movies box office take. Call me naive but I cannot believe that all these movie critics some how do not have an impact on moviegoers. Siskel and Heberts became stars from reviewing movies. You're going to tell me that they didn't influence people from seeing or avoiding a specific movie.
07-02-10  07:13pm

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lk2fireone (196) I don't think movie reviews have much effect on what a movie does at the box office. I think that many years ago movie reviews had more impact. But because of the internet, where access to a wide range of different reviews is easily available, people can more easily see how different reviews of a movie can be from the different critics. Also, people depend on word of mouth more than on what they read from a single critic.
I read a movie review to find out about the plot of the movie, and try to get a general idea of what the movie is like. But I don't think most people, myself included, depend on the critics to decide whether to see a movie.

07-03-10  03:30am

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williamj (9) Critics tend to be pretty close to what I think on action and poor performance. I rent two movies a week, many new release movies, I would say most suck. So many are so liberal and Anti-America I have to wonder. I really hate the Hollywood Pro Obama Leftist theme that America is so bad and wrong. Liberalís are really getting weird if you ask me. Someone needs to make a cowboy movie that is a shoot out, no liberal bull.
07-03-10  07:57pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) I'll never listen to a known film critic. Their tastes might not reflect mine, and I think there's too great of a chance for bias - like getting paid to hype a movie. If I take anyone's opinion on a flick, it's someone I know personally.
07-05-10  01:55am

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