How can the "new" Star Wars film get an 8.4 when most reviewers gave it a 1?

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  • confused (and just a bit cynical)

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That 8.4 rating is based on the Ratings provided by IMDb users, in this case 390,075 of them. According to The Force Awakens Rating page, under 11,000 people rated it either 1 or 2, while nearly 230,000 gave it a 9 or 10.

And where do you see that most reviewers gave it a 1? Some did but there are also ratings of 8 and 9 listed. Note that a reviewer's rating has no more weight in creating the average than any other voter. Since people who have strong feelings about a film are more likely to take the trouble to write a review, it is not surprising to see a significant number of very low (or high) ratings from the reviewers.
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It has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, 90% among audiences, so "most reviewers" didn't give it a "1".
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What are you smoking?  Any professional movie reviewers who gave The Force Awakens 1 star are in an extremely tiny minority of the critics who reviewed the film.  Just check out the movie on Wikipedia where it's mentioned that of the 325 reviews that Rotten Tomatoes has gathered, 93% are positive, which is extremely high for any movie. And the Metacritic site, which measures results from a range of critics says that its results for The Force Awakens indicates "Universal Acclaim".

Wikipedia also has the comments of a number of individual movie critics who gave the movie 5 out of 5 stars or 4 out of 4 stars. Plus the moviegoers who filled out CinemaScore cards after seeing the film gave The Force Awakens an average rating of A.

I suspect that many of the 1 ratings being entered on IMDB could be part of some propaganda campaign being mounted by a movie studio that's upset at really having it's clock cleaned by The Force Awakens and the Disney Studio. Just Sunday night I read on  Box Office Mojo that on its list of blockbusters at American box offices that has been corrected for inflation, raising the grosses of older movies to what they would be with today's higher ticket prices, The Force Awakens has already exceeded Avatar in America, even with Avatar's ticket sales being converted to today's higher prices.

And I've read that a lot of people are going to see The Force Awakens multiple times, so I'm sure that the idea that it's a 1 star film would seem totally wacky to them.