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March 21st, 2003

Who do you trust with your movie reviews?

Going to see a movie, rent a movie, or buy a movie is an investment of time and money and requires a little bit of research, just like any other worthwhile purchase. And when you consider the hundreds of thousands of movies available to you through one distribution channel or another, getting an opinion helps.

If I’m going to see a movie in the theatres or rent a movie, I’ll usually trust the opinions of Ebert and Roeper. I’ve been watching them frequently enough that I can sense when a movie they like is one that I will as well. If I’m going to buy a movie, particularly a genre film, there are usually a few genre-specific sites online that I’ll read first, knowing that a mainstream reviewer isn’t going to understand the subtleties of cannibal impalements or splinters in the eye. I’ll usually supplement any top-level review reading with a quick scan of the Movie Review Query Archive. Occasionally I’ll take the recommendation of a friend, but there are only a few friends that have tastes that align somewhat with my own.

Oh, and of course, the #1 source on the Internet for movie reviews: ADDmovies. But you all knew that already, I’m sure. I’ve heard Ebert himself goes there to get ideas for his own reviews.

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FROM: Casey
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 9:20:55 am
I almost always agree with Roger Ebert, not necessarily Roeper. I also use a website that, based on my ratings of movies I've seen, recommends other films. So far, it's been pretty accurate. I've seen some movies I otherwise would not have. I also go to rottentomatoes, and rarely act on a friend's recommendation.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 3:42:50 pm
I usually listen to the ghost of Gene Siskel. If I think he's full of it I'll listen to Gene Shalt

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 5:16:18 pm
Ebert has been giving thumbs-up to some shit for many years now. I used to keep an old book of his reviews in my bedroom, but I couldn't dream of doing that now.

In general, the only reviews I tend to trust are the ones at All Media. They're always fair, even to total turkeys, which is all I ask out of reviews.

One review I don't trust at all is Daniel Neman from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He hates absolutely everything that comes out, and often for completely petty reasons. The second-run theater near my house has been showing obscure foreign films every weekend for about two months, and Neman hasn't seen but one fit to give even 3/4 stars. His reviews are fun to read if you can find humor in old fuddy-duddies.

(Of course, I agree with Ryan that ADDmovies is all you really need.)

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 7:34:51 pm
The X-Files said it best: Trust no one.

FROM: merv
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 7:38:01 pm
here's the easiest way to determine if a movie is going to be any good or not - look at the source of the movie reviews. if the movie has a positive review from someplace like the South Dakota Register then stay away from it. Also any movie with a positive review from Jeff Craig or.... dang, i forgot that woman's name for now... anyhow, look at the source of the movie review.

FROM: merv
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 7:39:07 pm
oh, and is usually pretty acurate with his reviews.

FROM: dave
DATE: Friday March 21, 2003 -- 10:24:29 pm
If a movie ad has a blurb from the "Sixty Second Preview," it's propably crap.

FROM: Warren
DATE: Monday March 24, 2003 -- 5:36:34 pm is a good site to go for reviews.

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