Here’s the thing. I like technology. I’m a fan. And for the most part, I think it’s peachy keen. But every now and then something happens that reminds me that some things, while good in moderation, can end up messing up with your life. Nothing big here: just Rottentomatoes.
You’ve probably heard of that site or used it. Basically, it compiles a slew of reviews for movies, then breaks them down into a liked it/didn’t like it evaluation. Take all that, add it up and take the average, and you have a percentage score that the site uses to then say whether a movie is good or not. If something gets a 95% positive score, then it must be good, because 95% of critics liked it. If something gets a 5% . . .
But the thing is, sometimes I disagree with critics. Sometimes every single critic out there might hate a movie, but I’d love it–because the movie’s perfect for me. But if I put too much weight in Rottentomatoes, then I end up missing that movie.
Case in point: Meet the Robinsons. It’s got a 66% fresh rating, which would make you think it would be okay. Maybe two and a half stars. But I watched it yesterday with TRC, and I loved it. Three and a half stars. I enjoyed it more than some of the Pixar movies. The jokes were fast and furious, all aimed at me. It reminded me of a computer animated Emperor’s New Groove. Then I went and looked at the reviews. Some people hated it, some people loved it. It’s like some people “got it,” and some didn’t.
In the end, I think you have to remember that the only critic’s review that counts for you is your own personal review. It doesn’t matter if everyone loved something–you can still hate it. And it doesn’t matter if everyone hates it and you love it. You don’t have to defend your likes and dislikes.
And that’s all I have to say about that.