Do reviews affect your watching habits?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
August 29, 2008 7:56am CST
You're all psyched for the new (insert actor/actress name here) flick and plan to see it opening weekend. You've already called a couple friends and your significant other wants to go see it as well. 3 days before, a dismal review is printed in your paper and online, giving the much awaited movie a D+. But you LOVE (insert actor/actress name here) and/or you LOVE the idea of the film. Do you let that D+ affect you and wait till dvd? Do you perhaps ask other friends for recommendations? Or do you just go see it, movie reviewers don't know a good flick from a hole in the ground?
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@MissGia (955)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Everyone has different tastes..What one of my friends might think is awful i might think is great. So i go and see what i think i'll like regardless of what i've been told by friends on online reviews.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I trust SOME friends if my taste matches theirs but that's the whole issue with the reviewers, they are not my friends and most of the time they seem almost snooty about what they say. Movies (and tv) are entertainment, for entertainment purposes. It does not matter if things are always absolutely correct or if there are errors, know what I mean?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Aug 08
A bad review probably won't deter me from seeing a movie I really wanted to see. But a good review will make me want to go see a movie that I wouldn't have gone and seen otherwise!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Yep, I feel the same way. I tend to throw out the negatives and figure those people are nothing like me.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Usually it does not affect my choice to see a movie. I like to make my own mind up about things. But I would be lying if I said I have never been swayed by critics because I have once or twice. A critic is more likely to sway me in a positive way than a negative way. If they really talk up a movie, I may want to go see it just because they made it sound really good. Most of the time I make up my mind based on my own opinion based on what kind of movie it is and what it is about and sometimes who is in it.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
You know, I agree that sometimes I have been convinced to give a movie a try based on a good rating, but I rarely if ever believe a bad rating unless it's something I was NOT interested in to begin with LOL!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Hi mommyboo! I make my own decisions! Sort of? With the prices of movies these days I pretty much never go anyway, bit if I really want to see something I would probably not listen to the reviews and go anyway. Unless it was said to be really really bad then maybe I might wait. I usually go to matinees anyway to get the cheaper price so I might check it out and see for myself. Like I said, I don't much listen to anyone about anything so why would I start now?
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Are you my long lost separated-at-birth twin? LOL! I always get a kick out of your posts because you answer just like I would. I would most definitely STILL see the movie, even if I did decide to wait for dvd. Some people not only decide not to see it, they decide not to even watch the dvd. Heh.
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Hi! I think I'm affected with movie reviews...movie ratings in particular. I usually go to IMDb.com for ratings because it is rated by viewers while the critics give those ABCD ratings. I also check out the comments and fan reviews to see if I should to the movie or not. I had that dilemma just this May when I wanted to watch a movie of my favorite actor. I think he'd really be okay in there but the topic of the movie is not really my type. Now, I'm just waiting for the DVD to come out so I can finally watch it. Hmm...oh okay, it's Kevin Spacey in the movie 21. I heard it's one of the top rentals today. I actually had another dilemma earlier than that. I was thinking if I should watch Vantage Point or not. I'm also a Dennis Quaid fan so I was really excited for it. It has a good rating on IMDb but the comments kind of made me just wait for the DVD. One of the comments said something like "At the end, there were more questions than answers." Erm...I think I might not want to see a movie like that. So I think I'll just see it on DVD. Have a nice day!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I went to see 21 in the theater, so no harm there! I had been looking forward to it and I very much enjoyed it. Even though he's not a 'good guy' in the movie he's an excellent actor. I don't know what Vantage Point is about. To be honest, one thing I watch that always ends with more questions than answers is a little series called 'Lost'. I still watch it lol.
@gemini_rose (16194)
29 Aug 08
I do read the reviews to things, and I listen to other peoples views also. However this does not affect whether I see something myself. Everyones views are different and I know for a fact that usually if a film is rated poor then I will like it! So it does not matter what I read or hear, if I want to watch something then I will.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Most things that score poorly with reviewers are a hit. I think some people forget that they don't review based on what someone ELSE would think, they review based on what THEY think, and we all know some 60 year old guy is not going to have the same taste as a 20 year old chick...
• United States
29 Aug 08
MommyBoo, If I want to see a movie, I go see it. Most of the time the movies that the critics like I do not LMAO. I am particular however as I can not afford to go to the show often so I am careful to pick and choose the ones I really want to see on the big screen.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Hehe! Oh I agree completely. I feel the reviewers are hogwash, they just may not LIKE the same movies I like. I have enjoyed many a D+ movie and given it a B or higher. We don't go see movies very often, we did as a family before squirty was born. I am hoping when she is a little older that we can again go to the movies and bring her. More often we use going to the theater as a date night. We subscribe to Netflix though so we get our movie fix at home!
• United States
31 Aug 08
no it doesnt bug me.. i will share it in a convo saying "hey so in so says it sucks" but it wont decide it for me.. i usually never watch anything in the theater so its not like it would matter anyways but i will usually wait for anything for the movie channels.. and i usually after awhile get so bored i will watch the ones i dont even think will be good on the movie channels just because i have nothing better to do haha.. but my taste is so different some times than others that those old farts cant tell me for sure anything anyways since im odd lol
@strossuss (125)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
I'm not affected by reviews of other people, because its their opinion about a certain movie or actor. what will I do is to watch the movie and make a review of my own.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
30 Aug 08
I don't allow reviews to really bug me, but for the most part, I would do my fair research before jumping into watching something, especially at the cinemas. That's because reviews sort of make an impression on a movie and if there are many positive reviews about one particular movie or show, then that will make my watching it more fun and I would in turn be very happy and do not waste my money.
• United States
29 Aug 08
I dont listen to reviews of a movie - I dont go see them in the theater either so when it does come out I have the option of watching it in my own spare time and dont let someone elses review stop me from watching it - show on television or movie from the theater I will always watch something that seems interesting to me before I take someone elses review
@w1986114 (158)
• China
29 Aug 08
I think critics always express their points from more professional angle. We want to watch some movie just because we like it, so no need to care the reviews.