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Old 04 April 2005   #16
I prefer to check user rating more than critic ratings. One thing always frustrates me with critic review is they often forget who the audieance is. I remember reading a few reviews on family orientated films and the critics were complaining the movie had too much comical elements to them, not scary enough, not bloody enough, etc. But they forgot it's intended for younger audiances.
I still don't quite understand how Birth get such a high rating and good reviews from the critics. :( I don't get that movie at all.
Old 04 April 2005   #17
Originally Posted by Lookie: I still don't quite understand how Birth get such a high rating and good reviews from the critics. :( I don't get that movie at all.

Birth got pretty horrible reviews... look on rottentomatoes... in fact, most of the movies that have been mentioned as well reviewed or badly reviewed are quite the opposite. there are always going to be good reviews and bad reviews for every movie, but really it sounds like the majority of critics agree with you guys.

Old 04 April 2005   #18
Mostly I disagree with films that are badly criticized because the critic is not cosmopolitan nor educated enough to be able to appreciate the movie out of his cultural paradigm. You cannot judge a film according to your culture if the film isn’t from your culture. You have to be able to be rid of your world bubble to give a good critique of a ‘foreign’ movie. Not everything is a response to the western/occidental cultural setting and the western/occidental view of the world isn’t the only ‘true’ perspective. Therefore the occidental view of reality is not always the right instrument to pass judgment about a film.

Old 04 April 2005   #19
I disagree almost with every critic I read.
Old 04 April 2005   #20
Originally Posted by Zethriel: I disagree almost with every critic I read.

This man's a genious!

Name, rank and press afiliation...
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Old 04 April 2005   #21
actually it happened so frequently that I simply stopped reading reviews.
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Old 04 April 2005   #22
Originally Posted by csDevil: When there is money involved, I thrust no one.

So you only thrust the ones you love?
Old 04 April 2005   #23
Originally Posted by Ryan B: So you only thrust the ones you love?

ok, i thrust people when money is involved. but they tend to be much more flexible, money bend their opinion too easily, like is really common to see in movies reviews.
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Old 04 April 2005   #24
I don't think you got the joke csDevil :P for reviewers...I've got mixed feelings. gave "the Amityville Horror" a terrible rating....yet I just came back from it tonight and thought it was great!
Old 04 April 2005   #25
I used to kind of trust rottentomatoes, since it's got so many different reviews in one place, but in just the past weeks, I've been shocked by how much I disagree with the average scores there. For example, recently, I saw that they gave An American Werewolf in London a high score, but I thought it was pretty stupid, with some glaringly bad decisions made by the director and writer.

They gave Elektra an extremely low score, and it was actually an entertaining and well-executed film. I mean, it's no masterpiece, but it's far from the piece of sh%t they say it is. It certainly was 10X better than Dare Devil.

The straw that broke the camel's back as Open Water. I simply cannot believe a horrible film like that got 70% at rottentomatoes. It was one of the worst films I've seen in a very long time. It has one of the worst cinematography I've ever seen--amateurish handheld digital video cam with bad framing (framed way too tight, all the time), lots of zooming (a huge NO NO in cinematography). The editing was absolutely horrible too--tons of useless and pointless shots that did not belong in the film. The directing was terrible too--it looked like there was no planning, no storyboard, and the director just went on the location and filmed a bit of everything and then pieced it together. The use of music made me want to slap the director. They had that "horror/thriller" synthesizer drone/swell/abrupt end cue during some parts that were in the WRONG place. You're supposed to do that to emphasize a certain plot change, or some kind of turning point (for the worse), but they just used it randomly and it looked/sounded ridiculous. Then there's the pacing. I cannot fathom anyone with such horrible taste that they can actually endure the full length of that abomination. The acting was...well, let's just say that I've worked on tiny budget indy films and I've seen better actors from local community theaters (this could also be the director's fault, since I've seen plenty of not-so-great actors made to look very good because the director knows what angles to shoot them at and what to do with them). The one thing that the film didn't suck at was the dialogues--they weren't too bad--kind of that documentary feel.

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Old 04 April 2005   #26
I try not to read or see any reviews of a film until after I've seen it and made up my own mind, especially if I'm interested in the film. I just don't want any unconscious thoughts or preconceived notions lingering around while I'm watching it. I think it takes you out of the film, if in the back of your mind you are looking for certain things the reviewer said, even if they are right.

The only time I really care to read a review before seeing a film is if I'm not very interested in it, and I'm looking for a good reason to see it.

Movie going is a lot more then reviews and analysis. It's an experience. I think a lot depends on your mood going in whether you will like a film or not. Expectations have a lot to do with it as well. Sometimes you want to like a film so much, but it just doesn't do anything for you. Other times you're in the perfect mood to think a 1 star film is awesome. Other times, a film is just waaaay overhyped by the time you get around to seeing it, and you're left wondering what all the hub-bub was about.

No one can tell you what you like, only you can know that. In some cases, it just comes down to people feeling smart because they can point out the flaws in a film. Or the opposite, point out how utterly brilliant and unique something is.

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Old 04 April 2005   #27
I usually always disagree if its an action movie or a horror flick...especially with the action because the reviewers say it didn't have a story...we don't want one we went to see sh#* blow up and if you get what you went for then it was a good movie, just my opinion though
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Old 04 April 2005   #28
Originally Posted by jmBoekestein: I disagree with them all the time, mostly that started after tabloids started hitting the streets a while back, I suddenly found myself disagreeing with a lot of opinions and common tag along behavior. It's a silly meatshow somdays.

Quoted for agreement. I just watch movies I hear about from my friends, or things that seem to have potential *shrugs*
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Old 04 April 2005   #29
Wait....people agree with reviews? Since when?
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Old 04 April 2005   #30
Originally Posted by AngryScientist: I just watch movies I hear about from my friends, or things that seem to have potential *shrugs*

Angryscientist, please go >>here<< and help us out...PLIhihi-h-hease....sob-sniffle...I have the same problem!
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