Movie Critics vs Movie Fans

I have been a huge fan of movies for as long as I can remember. Watching a good movie is a way for me to escape the everyday reality of the real world that brings stress to our lives. I often feel like being part of that movie that I am watching and never wanting to return to reality.

Before the internet came into fruition only movie critics could express their opinion either in the local newspaper or on television. Now that has all changed. In recent years, thanks to the internet, movie fans have also been able to express their opinion about a movie they’ve seen on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Amazon. Because of this I have noticed a trend when it comes to movie critics and movie fans. Neither one can agree on most of the movies they’ve watched.

It has come to my attention that most of the time, not all the time, movie critics will never agree with the fans on a movie they both have watched either at the theater or in the comforts of their own home. And there are many examples of this when comparing sites like Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, and Amazon.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an excellent example of this. On Rotten Tomatoes the critics loved the movie whereas most of the fans hated it. And when you read the critics reviews you have to ask yourself, “Are these critics even fans of Star Wars?” Because it’s clear from the fan reviews that they were not happy with the movie. Most fans felt betrayed after being huge Star Wars fans since the beginning.

Another movie example was Ghostbuster 2016, a remake of the original. Again, critics loved the movie but most fans hated it. And it had nothing to do with the fact that the lead cast members were all female as movie fans have stated over and over again. The movie was just horrible. The lines were cheesy. The special effects were just over the top. The plot wasn’t that good. It was just a corny movie over all. But the critics didn’t think so.

When Avengers Endgame became one of highest grossing movies of all time and fans gave it positive reviews, Hollywood director Martin Scorcese came out and bashed the movie saying “It isn’t cinema.” So then what is cinema? Are critics only going to give a movie positive reviews if it’s true cinema in the eyes of directors like Scorcese?

I don’t understand the purpose of a movie critic today. What is the goal of a critic? Who are they trying to please? Do they have an agenda? Who are they benefiting when they don’t agree with the movie fans?

If I was the director of a movie that got bashed by the critics. I would be very nervous thinking that my movie would be a flop at the box office. That is obvious. But when I see the movie become a huge success because movie fans in contrast love the movie I start scratching my head wondering if critics are even relevant anymore in most cases.

Now there are some movies out there where the fans and critics agree on a movie which is justifiable after reading their reviews. The 2015 remake of the Fantastic Four is an excellent example of this. No one on either side liked this movie.

So do I hate movie critics? No. I just don’t understand them. I continue to scratch my head trying to understand their purpose or agenda in what they’re trying to do and who they are trying to please. Because they certainly haven’t pleased me.

When they are writing a review. Who are they sending that message out to? The Fans? The producer and director of the film? Or are they trying to please themselves by saying, “I wrote a movie review. This is my opinion on it. I got paid for it and I’m loving it.”