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Old July 3rd, 2013, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Movie Critics...

The last few movies I've seen that I liked were all panned by the critics (e.g., Oblivion, John Carter of Mars, Silk, etc.)

At the same time, the films the critics like, to me they just seem so-so.

One exception: I thought Life of Pi was great, and most of the critics agreed with me!


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Are ALL the movie critics these days hired by movie studios to promote corporate garbage? I know some of them are, but ALL of them?!!

Or have we just become so jaded by amazing movies that even something as stunning, powerful, beautiful, and deeply moving as Life of Pi only warrants an 80% approval rating?

It seems to be worse than I remember it. Maybe I just have horrible taste in movies...

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 05:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a sneaking suspicion most movie critics, (and food critics, music critics, etc) write with other critics in mind rather than the general public. Cork sniffing, anyone?
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 06:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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there's something in my brain these days... like a self imposed switch....that rejects anything in the "movie" format....DVD, TV or physically going to a cinema.....

it's like ALL movies are disco music or something?.... or they just suck a few hours out of your life that you'll never get back....;)

not that there aren't any good movies being made.... I'm sure there must be... I do appreciate people want to make them.... tell stories on screen,,,

I find those art house 5/10 min movies more appealing.... they get to the point much quicker....;)

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Google, or imdb, watch trailer, ignore critics

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 06:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Movie critics..ahh they are just collecting a paycheck like anyone else.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 06:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I thought Life of Pi was so so. I would give it a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Same with John Carter.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz are our two OZ TV movie critics who have had their own show for years.....

david and margaret,,,



I occasionally watch them to see the current banter between them over the current crop of movies.... and to check the ones to not bother with....

it's like a weird comedy show.... ...
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The trick is to find critics whose taste resembles your own. I'm usually in agreement with Elvis Mitchell, but you might not be.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't pay much attention to critics...
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 01:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I actually like reading film criticism, which has nothing to do with film critics. What I want from a film critic is to know, after reading his thing, whether or not I would like the movie. It doesn't matter at all whether the critic liked or disliked the movie.

Siskel and Ebert gave me that, regardless of whether I agreed with thm on the merits of the film. Evert and his later partners didn't give me that.

Again, I don't care whether the critic liked it or not. I jsut want to knwo whether I'd like it.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 01:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Film critics, music critics, art critics... it all boils down to "I like this, I didn't like that".

We all do it, some people are lucky enough to get paid for it.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 01:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Bad reviews are usually a good indication that I will like the movie
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You need to adjust your tastes to reflect that of the critics
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Can we please have fewer apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic films? I get it, but please stop making more. A moratorium.
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Bad reviews are usually a good indication that I will like the movie
I was going to say find a critic who aligns with your tastes, but if the opposite works for you, there you go.
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I actually like reading film criticism, which has nothing to do with film critics.
Agreed with the first, but I certainly think it does have something to do with the critics in that some people can write criticism well and some can't.

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Film critics, music critics, art critics... it all boils down to "I like this, I didn't like that".

We all do it, some people are lucky enough to get paid for it.
The ones who are lucky to get paid for it are the ones who aren't doing it well. A guy like Roger Ebert did it well - he said what he liked and didn't like, but he also told you WHY he liked or didn't like it, and as a bonus he wrote it entertainingly. Statement of judgements vs. criticism, is kinda how I see it.

I don't always agree with the conclusions of a critic, but if critics express their reasoning well it makes coming to my own conclusions much easier. The loss of both Siskel and Ebert now makes it much harder.
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I am pretty sure the hallucinating % is way off on that chart.

Edit: BTW, I did like the movie. I'm just not sure what to make of it.
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The user reviews on Netflix and Amazon help me a lot. The reviews in the New Yorker are interesting, but they don't help me determine if I would like a film. They seem to review movies that a lot of work went into, and that's one of my criteria. I can be captivated by almost any subject matter.
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I'm a judgmental SOB. I'd rather critique the movie critic than the movie.

I'm with Larry. Regular people offer more useable insight than most critics, I think.

Also, my brother watches all films and attends all Broadway shows. He's a Broadway music guy from way back. If he likes it, I'll hate it. 95% success rate on that one. It's why I still have "hand" on my wife for making me sit through the Grease revival and that horrible Abba musical on Broadway.
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