Do You Listen to the Critics or the Hype?

@anniepa (27280)
United States
December 7, 2007 9:42pm CST
When you choose to go so a movie or even to rent it, do you go by the reviews it received from the critics or do you just go by the ads and recommendations of friends? Or is it something else altogether that makes up your mind, such as certain actors you'll go see no matter what or certain genres you simply won't miss? I personally pay little attention to the critics because it seems they're looking for something totally different from a movie than I am. How many times does a review tell you a movie is "predictable"? Of course, some movies are predictable! How many great movies have been based on a true story where you know what happens - like somebody dies or the ship sinks - but it's how you get to that predictable end that matters. I mean, so what if you can guess the selfish, smart-aleck guy is going to become a compassionate gentleman or that the bratty kid is going to turn into a fine young lady. Usually you can guess the hero is going to survive and probably save some lives in the process; sometimes you see a real a**hole who you know from his or her first scene isn't going to make it but isn't that the fun of seeing a movie? Cheer for the good guys, boo the villains and cry at the end either because it's because it's happy or sad. For me the critics get it wrong more often when they don't like a film than when they do like it. Maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough or intelligent enough but I know what I like and if I always listened to the reviews I'd miss quite a few movies I enjoyed greatly. How about you, do you only put your money out for a four star film or do go see even those that get a big thumbs down? Annie
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
8 Dec 07
Definitely not. There was only one person that I trusted/agreed with the opinions of movies on and that was my brother. since we don't speak anymore I don't listen. I mean, people tell me opinions. You know, they say "you should see it it was funny" or whatever but I have to want to see it or have nothing else be on tv when it comes on. I never read reviews or anything about movies... heck I don't even read the reviews on the movie box! I have 28 days later and that was a great movie. So I got 28 weeks later when that came out. The box says "Better than the first" and I was like...yeah right. A co-worker said "it's not worth it. it's very americanized and stupid" So one day I watched 28 days later, since it had been a while. Then I watched 28 weeks later. It WAS very Americanized. I mean, only an American would write a story where the US Army goes to save London from Zombies! It wasn't like the first one. and I don't think it was as good as the first one, but I liked it. So essentially both of those reviews were wrong. Then there are movies that I love simply because there are people in it. I love Drew Barrymore. Have loved her since I was a little girl. I own 27 DVD's that she is. She's not in the best movies ever... but if she's in the movie then I'm going to watch it and like it anyway. Sometimes movies that everyone seems to love I don't (There's something about Mary). Sometimes if there are movies everyone seems to hate or have never seen...I love. Sometimes I'm surprised by movies that I thought I wouldn't like that I ended up loving. (40-year old virgin, austin powers, Napoleon Dynamite). If people want my opinions on movies I'll give it. I recommend movies to people also. But I don't give movie reviewer type movie reviews and even if I don't like it, I'll give them reasons to watch it.
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
I usually check the genre of a movie before viewing. I don't listen to critics because sometimes they are being politic and sometimes politically wrong. I watch a movie and critic it myself.
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
9 Dec 07
I sort of go by the consensus of different reviews/opinions from lots of critics, friends, family... If only 1 or 2 didn't like it then it doesn't matter to me but if several don't like it, I'll skip it or wait for it to come out on DVD.
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• Canada
9 Dec 07
No, I cannot remember a time when I did listen to the critics or the hype because I like to explore things and make up my own mind about things rather than allowing other people's point of view to sway me. There have been so many times my hubs and I choose a movie that was universally panned and found ourselves liking it. I view critics as I do most other people who sound off about things and try to dictate to others about what they should and should not be seeing...doing or whatever. Everyone has an opinion about something and I like to hear them...however, when all is said and done it is still just an opinion based on their view of things. I refuse to make a movie critic or anyone else for that matter MY authority on anything. It is my job to figure things out and choose accordingly. Bye for now Annie...liked the topic! Raia
• United States
9 Dec 07
I don't ever listen to other peoples opinions on movies... not my friends, or the critics. Basically, every time that I hear someones opinion, I am let down. I always have this idea of a movie, they build it up to be fantastic or hilarious.... and then I expect too much, and it's even worse than it should have been because I was waiting for more. I watch previews, consider the plot, the genre, the actors, and take a chance. Half the movies I see by suggestion are awful, so it's not like anything is changing if the movie ends up awful... except the fact that I didn't have ridiculous and unwarranted expectations.
@Angelwriter (1955)
• United States
8 Dec 07
I find critics and I speak a completely different language most of the time. I've liked some critical favorites, but some of my favorites are also ones the critics absolutely hated. So, I pick my movies mainly by the previews. If they look interesting, I'll do a search for reviews, not to see if someone thinks the movie is good, but to get more detail on what the film is about. Having a certain actor in a film will make me consider it, but I've also passed up on movies with a favorite actor. So, it's mostly subject matter that's my biggest decision maker.
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@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
8 Dec 07
I never go by what critics say because my taste in movies is strange anyway and they don't usually like the same movies that I do. I have to watch the trailers a couple of times and decide for myself or find out what my son thinks since his taste in movies is the same as mine....poor kid!