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The Inconsistencies of Movie Reviews by Film Critics

Ryan Beltran

Posted on March 25, 2021 04:03

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Before watching a movie, some people like to search up reviews of specific films to get a glimpse of what the film could potentially be about. Notable movie critics from credible film review sites obviously play a part in whether or not viewers are persuaded to watch a film.

Most people have used movies as a source of entertainment to have fun in their spare time; however, some people watch movies with true-to-life stories to be informed.

Some people love horror and action films, others mainly like comedies. Then, there are those who enjoy romantic comedies, and those who are more into the "under the radar" Indie films.

No offense to movie aficionados, but when I search up movie reviews and ratings on popular sites like Rotten Tomatoes, while many of these expert columns can be accurate, I also feel like movie critics are at times out of touch with their opinions and base their reviews on what their inner circle prefers compared to how the masses think.

For example, a lot of films that get nominated for prestigious awards like the Academy Awards (Oscars) usually get high praise from critics and movie buffs. You notice that many credited film critics tend to love these films and always give positive scores on sites like Rotten Tomatoes.

While I have liked a lot of films that get nominated each year by the Oscars, I also have seen many that end up underwhelming considering the hype that is spouted by these critics. Don't get me wrong, I have loved many of these films over the years, but  I've watched many of these award-winning films in the past that can range from average to even boring and dull.

In fact, I could even argue that some of the films that get 20 to 40 percent ratings on Rotten Tomatoes can occasionally even be better than the films that get around 90 percent ratings and are revered by certain niches in the movie community.

Yes, a lot of these simple-minded mainstream films might have low effort and have clichéd screenplays compared to films that are aimed for the Academy and have high productions, but they can still execute on delivering a great overall product that I feel lacks in many of the highly-rated films that get all of the awards and notoriety.

For someone like me who is an avid fan of watching movies, the most important aspect of a great film is the overall impact it has on you whether it is the entertainment, humor, drama, tension, action, story, or everything mixed into one.

Again, what you like in a movie depends on your own preference; however, I just notice that a lot of film critics who have that influence within the movie industry don’t really grasp these elements when praising and being critical of a film.

It's based on their own criteria which I respect, but for me, a great movie is something that should be appreciated and enjoyed by almost everyone from a casual movie watcher to a movie buff. I believe critics should try to consider this more when deciding how good a movie is to a general audience.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on March 25, 2021 04:03

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