Gotti and the public’s trust in online criticism

So yeah.

I hate judging something before its release, but my God this doesn’t look good.

I won’t see it, nor have I ever felt to need to see this film before or after the 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After Moviepass used the mismatched ‘audience vs. critic’ narrative to sell the film and investigation had to be done, and it was.

7 of those minimal “audience” reviews also reviewed American Animals, another Moviepass venture.

7 isn’t a strong number though, and I believe this aggregate has more to do with online trolls.

So I have to offer the usual disclaimer: Stay skeptical with anything and everything you read online.

I’m as displeased with our current flock of film critics as the next person. They rave about any/every Marvel or Star Wars film and come down hard on more ambitious Disney flicks like John Carter and A Wrinkle in Time.

A lot of professional film criticism these days is reactionary – you can thank the internet for that.

You don’t really know how you feel about a film unyil after weeks to months of digestion. Deadlines have always existed, but where they use to be within days of a screening they now are practically written on a dimly-lit iPad screen during the screening.

So, yes, obviously for awhile now “User Reviews” on practically any platform have been obsolete. Now it’s a vast majority of professional reviews as well.

Trust yourself and don’t always go with the hivemind. Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic have been great with measuring consensus – but in the end everything is skewed.

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