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Why movie critics are so critical

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Why movie critics are so critical

critics often get a bad wrap. But how bad can they possible be.

critics often get a bad wrap. But how bad can they possible be.

critics often get a bad wrap. But how bad can they possible be.

critics often get a bad wrap. But how bad can they possible be.

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Most people think that there are only two parts to making any artistic work a success. There are the creators, who pour their heart and soul into the work, and there are the customers, the ones who consume the work as long as they see it as being good.

But there is a third piece to this somewhat mostly well-oiled machine. The Critics, who exist in this weird middle ground between the two and are often hated by one of the other two parts.

“I just don’t see the reason why people pay other people to rate stuff,” said junior, Ron Forcher. Which is a great point why do people get paid to criticize other people’s work?

The best answer is that so we know whether or not we want to spend our own money on a movie. I mean think about it wouldn’t you rather a friend spend their own money on a movie and tell you it’s terrible than you spend your money to see that it’s terrible.

Take for example the new Holmes & Watson (2018) movie featuring Will Ferrell as Sherlock Holmes and John C. Reilly as Dr. Watson. Which is called by David Fear from Rolling stones as being “So painfully unfunny we’re not sure it can legally be called a comedy”. Now tell me does that sound like a movie that you want to go see. Probably not.

See that’s why critics are one of the most important things in the movie world. It’s so we get sequels to good movies like Deadpool (2016) and don’t get sequels to bad movies like Slender Man (2018). Because we don’t want big studios to continue to create horrible movies.

So next time you think about writing some angry comment against someone who rated a movie that you loved with a 2%. Stop and remember that they are just doing their job and trying to make the world of movies a better place.

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  1. Cyrus on January 18th, 2019 12:42 am

    Critics are important. Especially critical ones.

    Critics are supposed to help improve something, to point out something’s flaws or strengths to make a product better.

    Too bad everyone just loves to dismiss them as “haters” because they don’t like their opinion. Thanks to people like you, mediocre movies destroy the box office and more and more mediocrity is bred from that because companies like Illumination have realized that they don’t even need to try hard to get $$$. People realized it back when animators at Disney like Don Bluth were tired of producing mediocrity and went to make their own studio. Disney realized they had to step it up to compete with Bluth’s films, which were doing better both critically and commercially, and so they made a great movie, The Little Mermaid, and started the Disney Renaissance. Kubo and the Two Strings (along with everything Laika makes) was an amazing movie but it only made $77 million in the box office (so it pretty much bombed), because people would rather watch uninspired garbage like ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (which made 875.5 million in the box office, both 10x the amount of its budget and that Kubo made). Truly a disgrace. It seems know that the average person wouldn’t know a good movie if it hit them in the face.

    And speaking of these “they’re just hater” types, I’ve sometimes seen them make the most ridiculous claims so people’s feelings wouldn’t get hurt and to give them the moral high ground. I saw someone claim that having punctuation at the end of all of your sentences “is nonsense”. (Ahh, the lengths one would go to to defend garbage.) Don’t be a white knight like them, correcting something that cannot be argued like that. It makes you look stupid, and more importantly, confuses whatever young person who wrote it. You have a person telling them what they’re doing wrong and how to fix it, and then you have another saying what they’re doing right now is perfect and completely right, even with common sense tells you it’s not (People lack common sense, it seems. People will just believe whatever others tell them without going to do their own research about it.). Something like that is going to mess a kid up for a long time, if they just believe the person who seems nicer, because they said that their work is perfect, and that the critic is “just a hater”. (No, “it’s” and “its” are not the same. Stop it.)

    Speaking of criticism, I don’t believe in giving out positive comments before your negative (or trying to just push the positives while completely ignoring all the negatives). It creates false positivity. I have read things where I have found absolutely nothing I have liked about it, but I had to give all positives. I felt terrible writing whatever came to mind to just make something for the sake of it. I could’ve wrote about the numerous spelling mistakes, the incorrect dialogue formatting, the incredibility contrived plot, but no, I just made a lie up to have something. I feel that whatever comments I get this way feel incredibly fake. They were made in an environment where being direct with your dislikes wasn’t encouraged and so it feels like they just need to say something nice for the sake of it. Please, tell me what I’m doing wrong; stop telling me it’s great because if you have seen it it’s clearly not, there’s so many things I can point out wrong with it but someone supposed to look through it with a critical eye can’t?

    I have lost points in a project for giving too harsh criticism. I think that’s pretty messed up. If I don’t like something, I should be allowed to say it, without all the sugarcoating.

    And I’m not talking about things like “you suck lol”, I’m talking about getting straight to the point about what’s wrong and telling you how to fix it.

    I like when my English teacher crosses out my whole essay. It makes me feel better. I actually feel like I’m getting better when rewriting it because I know what I did wrong.

    I believe a problem is that people get too attached to their works. Remember, just because I hate your work doesn’t mean I hate you as a person!

    Also, this article needed a bit more editing. Needs more punctuation. Especially commas.

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