Audience vs Critics: Trying to Explain the Critical/Popular Split of the Tomato-meter

Posted: August 16, 2013 in Movies

Audience vs Critics:

Trying to Explain

the Critical/Popular Split

of the Tomato-meter

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No where are critics and audiences more out of touch with each other than in the fresh/rotten ratings of the Rotten Tomatoes polls.  A current couple of examples:  Adam Sandler’ Grown Ups 2 has a 7% fresh critics rating and a 60% fresh audience rating– a 53 point variance; Smurfs 2 is 12% critically fresh and 62% audience refreshed.  New York Times theater critic Catherine Rampell looked at all movies broken down into genres with at least a $2 million domestic box office between 2003 and mid-July 2013 and an Opus Data Critic’s Score of Approved Tomatometer Critics who gave a film a positive review and audience scores who rated a film at least a 3.5 stars out of 5.  The unsurprising results: critics are, uh, are more critical and audiences are not.  The only notable exceptions– documentaries and black comedies, where critical love is higher than audience delight.  The selection bias Rampell attributed to the fact that critics don’t pay and sometimes don’t select the film they see and review which attributes for more middling ratings while audiences do, thinking they will enjoy the film more and thus are more inclined to give a more positive rating.

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