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Do you pay attention to movie reviews?


I went to see the third Transformers movie with my son yesterday.  I enjoyed the first two, but I wasn't sure I'd like this one. I'd heard a lot of negative talk about it. Also, the only screening we could make was a 3D version.




I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I've never been able to see properly through the old style 3D glasses, but the newer, sunglass style, worked perfectly (though I'm not sure the whole 3D thing is worth all the fuss).

As for the movie, I thought the last third dragged on a bit, but I loved the humor and eccentric characters, especially Alan Tudyk as a somewhat effeminate ex-murdering-psychopath-turned-butler.. 

I don't usually pay too much attention to movie reviews. I don't know why I let the ones for this film put me off. 

How about you?

Do you pay attention to movie reviews?



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authorwithin
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
I don't pay much attention to movie reviews in the sense of critics and such, but I do tend to take advice from friends and family.

Mostly because they know me where some anonymous critic doesn't. If my family or friends tell me I'll like something (even if they didn't), I usually do . . . and the opposite is true as well.

I've heard good things about the Transformers movie from family members who've seen it, but I never watched the second one so I doubt I'll see the third . . . well, maybe when it comes to DVD. ;-)
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
That's true, friends and family can definitely make good recommendations.

The Transformers movies have their flaws, but I give them high marks in the 'Fun to Watch' category, which for me, is the most important thing :)
lyonesse
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
i do. in particular i use them to avoid movies that will just plain irritate me, which is kinda the majority actually.
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I have an in-built optimism about movies. No matter how many awful ones I see, I always expect good things from the next :)
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eclectic_writer
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed Transformers 3 even though I agree the last quarter dragged (too much confusion over what was happening, no definitive plan of attack). My favorite part was all the low points: Sam's failure to find a job, the betrayal of Optimus' mentor, McDreamy's betrayal and Sam having to get confirmation that the Autobots have no plan, then watching as the shuttle is destroyed while they all stood by and let it happen. It was DELICIOUS, how low the movie got (and finally, evil decepticons actually BEING EVIL).

But yes. Favorite thing EVAR was Alan Tudyk. I want more from him, desperately want more (notice he slipped into an English accent when he was being intense, then his normal effiminate German when not? LOVE HIM!).

Anyway, reviews and movies and me. If a movie is something I really want to see I won't let reviews stop me, but admittedly they can color my perception (at least on an initial viewing). For example I've been kind of waiting for Cars 2 to come out but was meh on the trailers; when I saw it panned by critics I've decided not to go see it. On a similar note I was stoked to go see Green Lantern but saw reviews said it stunk to high heaven; I still went and enjoyed it but knowing what the reviews mentioned I could better point out the flawed script, over-CG and plotholes big enough to pump Paralax through. Though I enjoyed it, the reviews made me dissect it more which probably caused me less enjoyment.

I've now seen T3 twice and wouldn't mind seeing it again. Mostly why I wanted to see it was to dissect why those first 2/3 made me so happy; Alan Tudyk's character is high on that reasoning but it's also all those low points, that beauty of everything being absolutely hopeless then suddenly NOT. Made the whole victory that much sweeter, even if the last act was so-so. :-)
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
For me, the characters make a huge difference. In all three movies, I really like Sam's parents and the insane Sector 7 agent-turned author :)
seekerval
Jul. 11th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
We rarely see movies in the theater, so critic reviews are generally ancient history by the time we see a film through Netflix or the occasional second run theater showing. By then we've had plenty of time to hear from friends and mix their opinions with rumors and our own expectations. That said, I must add: Alan Tudyk?! I didn't know he's in this. We loved him in pretty much everything we've seen him in (I was furious at Wash's fate in "Serenity"), so must now add this film to our Will See Someday List. Thanks for including that comment.
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
'I am a leaf on the wind' :)
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snapes_angel
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
I usually find movie reviews so far off the mark... I don't really o out to movies now, but I'll read about them. Sometimes I'll even read viewer's reviews on NetFlix, if I'm considering a rental (not often, but sometimes). Some of the reviews are hilarious, though, especially if it's a long-existing story that's finally made it into movie form, and the reviewer is absolutely clueless as to the plot and circumstance!
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Lol, I remember one particularly snooty review of the movie version of Lost in Space a few years back. He made a big thing about how the theme music was an obvious rip-off of the Star Wars theme, when in fact it was a rocked-up version of one of the two LiS themes from the 1960s' original :)
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dmoonfire
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
I generally don't listen to critics because I don't agree with them. I do listen to friends, but only when I know their interests are aligned with mine. A "good movie" by friend A isn't always one I really like. Likewise, a "good horror movie" from friend B is right up on top of the list, since we both share the same interests in horror. But friend B also knows to tell me if it is a psychological horror (which I find less interesting) or a supernatural one (which I prefer).

Part of it is that I enjoy most movies in the genres I watch. I also don't go to the theater, but that comes down to a cost benefit reason. I typically watch a movie 20-30 times in the years after I get the DVD. Spending $9 to see it in theater doesn't really give that much benefit over buying the DVD (I don't do Blu-Ray yet). I also still buy because NetFlix isn't *quite* where I want it to be yet.

And, there is no such thing as a bad movie. Just a movie that hasn't been MST3Kd enough. :)
snapes_angel
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
First, let me put on record, I hate LiveJournal's not giving you a "quote" option today, in the place where you actually want to be able to quote.

Second:

And, there is no such thing as a bad movie. Just a movie that hasn't been MST3Kd enough. :) (see if that works)

Have you ever seen "The Stuff"? I think that one was both, actually.
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snapes_angel
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's fairly definite now. LJ hates me today.
msstacy13
Jul. 11th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I still like you.
As long we're not shopping for curtains.
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msstacy13
Jul. 11th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
I rarely see a movie until I can get it on DVD from the library,
so what I pay attention to is what my flist is saying...
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's one of the many great things about the internet :)
phoenixfirewolf
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Nope :) Unless it's from a couple of friends I ignore what other people have to say. Reviewers are often out of touch with my tastes. LOL.

Glad you enjoyed :)
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Saw some excellent trailers, too. Especially the one for Rise of the Apes :)
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misha_mcg
Jul. 11th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Nah, I don't even read them usually. Though, I do trust my friends' reviews and opinions on movies.
jongibbs
Jul. 11th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Friends are usually reliable :)
ladysaotome
Jul. 11th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I do and don't. I like reviews that give reasons and then I pick and choose what issues I think I would find valid and ignore the rest. So generally I just use reviews as a vague guideline.

Btw, I haven't seen Transformers yet but we took Munchkin to see Cars2 and it was very funny. I really enjoyed it.
jongibbs
Jul. 12th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Pixar haven't failed us yet. Here's hoping they continue to...er...not do so :)
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dferguson
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Roger Ebert is the only movie critic whose opinion I trust unconditionally. 99% of the time if he says go see a movie, I'll go see it.
jongibbs
Jul. 12th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
I don't think I've heard of him. Is he on TV?
tracy_d74
Jul. 12th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
I do and don't. I listen to my friends more. But if it's a reviewer I have found to be in line with my likes/dislikes, I will listen to them. It's kinda like book reviewers. Formal reviewers are usually literally minded and disconnected from REAL world. But bloggers and friends have a better sense of what I want to read.
jongibbs
Jul. 12th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
And we tend not to be searching for deep, hidden meanings in everything, which is also a bonus :)
clarionj
Jul. 12th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
I do tend to read movie reviews, and I don't bother with movies, generally, that get bad reviews, largely because I see movies so seldom that I have to make sure the one I choose is worthwhile. Still, if there's something I've a particular fondness for--a story line or actor or director--I'll probably reserve my judgment and see it regardless of reviews.

It's important to me to find reviewers I can trust, who have similar tastes, because sometimes what the masses like, I don't like particularly, and what one critic says is a bore is exquisite to me! I think that even in a bad review we can sometimes see hints of what we'll still like, and then it's worth checking the movie out anyway.
jongibbs
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
'It's important to me to find reviewers I can trust'
And even when we find them, a couple of duff recommendations gets them kicked off the list ;)
lavericknine
Jul. 12th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I saw Transformers III the other day and really enjoyed it. All the talk I'd heard about it was pretty positive though. I'm surprised you found negative reviews. I thought a lot of people were saying it was better than the second one. It seems the consensus around here that the second one was the worst. I heard quite a few negative reviews for Green Lantern, but my brother told me that wasn't so bad either. I guess you can't pay too much attention to reviews. Online it's just everyone stating their opinion anyway.
jongibbs
Jul. 13th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm holding off from seeing Green Lantern until it comes out on DVD :)
paulwoodlin
Jul. 14th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
I enjoy flickfilosopher.com, a website run by a very snarky, decidedly liberal movie reviewer. When the critic and I disagree about a movie, it's usually because I picked out details that filled in the gaps she didn't notice; I suspect because she was thinking about her review while watching the film. We she dislikes a film, no reviewer is snarkier. Disney even stopped sending her tickets to the critic early shows.
jongibbs
Jul. 14th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I confess I don't see the point of spiteful reviews, though plenty of folks enjoy them (excluding the people involved in making the movie, of course).
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