Monday, December 24

Do movie reviews matter to you?

So, this weekend at the box office, National Treasure: Book of Secrets did just over $45.5 million and landed in the number one spot. The reviews, however, were mixed. A couple of weeks ago, The Golden Compass opened at the number one spot. Critics' reviews? Not so great.

The trend of movies being huge blockbusters over the weekend but not getting good reviews seems to be a trend--(Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Alvin and the Chipmunks, to name a couple).

Do you pay attention to reviews? It seems that many people don't. Is it the same for book reviews? If you read a bad book review, does it influence your buying decision?

Happy holidays to all!


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi Jessica, very nice post!! Yes, I do like to read movie reviews and I particularly like Eric Snider. He is hysterically funny, you can check him out at I think his reviews are wonderful, and right on target!! best, mary kennedy

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Wendy Toliver said...

I do read reviews but if I want to read the book or see the flick, I still do regardless of a bad review. However, sometimes I really click with a reviewr (or critic) and find myself agreeing with him/her over and over again, in which case I'll put more weight on his/her opinion. Great post!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Perverse creature that I an, a particularly scathing review is sometimes more likely to make me want to see the book or film! The worst kind of reviews? Tepid ones.

Anonymous said...

I read reviews but take them with a grain of salt. I often disagree with reviewers. Charlie Wilson's War, which was panned by some, I found interesting. Julia Roberts was hopelessly miscast, and there were some flaws, but I still say, "See it!" Same goes with books. :)

Anonymous said...

Its good one, I liked it.


Alyson Noel said...

I read them, but in the end I read and see what interests me!

Sara Hantz said...

I read reviews but they don't influence me. So many times I've been to see a movie with fab reviews and not enjoyed it at all.

TinaFerraro said...

I take reviews with a grain of salt, knowing how subjective they are. I tend to listen more seriously to the opinions of my friends, but sometimes I simply see a movie or buy a book based on whim.

Amanda Ashby said...

I do read reviews but it doesn't necessarily put me off watching a movie or reading a book, I'm just curious what other people think!!!

Paula said...

I'm an admitted pop cultist. But ironically, while I consume reviews they rarely make or break my decision to see a movie or read a book.

I've only ever purchased two books because of a good review and I've got to say - I wasn't impressed with either of the books. A bad review has never dissuaded me from a book purchase.

And 90% of the time, with movies, I know already whether I'm interested in seeing it before I read the review.

Anonymous said...

I pretty much ignore professional reviewers because they're often wrong. For books, though, I give a lot more of my trust to the reviewers on, etc. because we are more likely to have similar tastes. After all, they, too, picked up the book because they wanted to read it and then had something to say about it, not because they were assigned to do so.

boys_in_books_are_better said...

I don't normaly read the reviews for movies... I really don't see the point, I mean yeah it's good to read what others think about a movie before you go and spend the money to see it but most of the time I don't read them. As for books...I sometimes do and I go and read the books after but mostly I read books and then see what everyone has to say about that book. I guess you could say that I don't put too much faith in other peoples opinions on things like that because I like to go and see what it's like myself

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