Live Poll: Are You Affected By Reviews And Ratings?

  • 2
  • Praise
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • (Edited)
It happens to us all; you can't believe the high or low IMDb rating for a particular movie. You wonder what other people think of the movie and what makes the rating that high/low. And maybe you start reading user reviews on IMDb or reviews from critics.
Does reading reviews and ratings affect your personal rating?

1. No, I don't look at reviews and ratings.
2. No, I do read reviews and ratings, but I never change my rating for a movie.
3. Yes, it happens, but it's exceptional.
4. Yes, it affects me sometimes.
5. Yes, it's about 50/50.
6. Yes, it happens very often that I change my rating after reading reviews and ratings.
7. Yes, I can say it affects me all the time. Or; I first read reviews and ratings and then decide my rating.

My list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls066325507/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/1TQKumw0tH4/
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes

Posted 3 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Searsino

Searsino

  • 4 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes
Absolutely. I have a system which works almost always.

Reviews are only as valuable as their weakest. So I will load these up in order of "worst --> best" rating and start scanning. The idea being that you want to look for patterns. For example, did several of those bad reviews bring up a supporting cast member who was just awful ... or did a couple users mention a plot becoming more of an agenda or political stance? (as opposed to telling a story).

I find if there's a suspiciously low number of reviews below maybe 5/10, then chances are the film won't be worthwhile (there are of course exceptions to this methodology, but that's a conversation for another day). I highly recommend trying it :P

Of course, this doesn't usually keep me from watching something. But if it's an older film, then it's a really good way of figuring out if the juice is worth the squeeze.
(Edited)
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 15286 Posts
  • 16723 Reply Likes
Hoekkie,

This choice comes closest to how I approach ratings:
2. No, I do read reviews and ratings, but I never change my rating for a movie.

I only rate films that I watches from beginning credits to ending credits. I rate the film based upon my assessment. I do not let reviews and other people's ratings affect my rating. If I watch a film again, I may re-rate the film. Most of the time, my first rating and subsequent ratings are the same.
Photo of 15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

  • 4131 Posts
  • 4780 Reply Likes
I do not let reviews and other people's ratings affect my rating.
Because you can't or because you don't want to?

It happens that we have a strong opinion about something but then we hear a valid argument from someone and we might reconsider our personal appreciation, for better or for worse. Ratings won't affect anything but a well-written review might highlight some aspects of the film that we've missed.

I agree it can be silly to change a rating on the basis of one review, because we still have the initial gut-feeling in mind, but a positive review about a film we disliked might encourage us to give the film a second chance.
Photo of Kyle Perez

Kyle Perez

  • 2204 Posts
  • 1320 Reply Likes
It happens that we have a strong opinion about something but then we hear a valid argument from someone and we might reconsider our personal appreciation, for better or for worse. Ratings won't affect anything but a well-written review might highlight some aspects of the film that we've missed.
Totally agree with this - and I'll bet you were thinking of Ebert where you were writing this. He had that gift with people, his words so expressive that he had the ability to write the thoughts we didn't even how to put into words. He could singehandedly change my perspective on something I just watched and make me appreciate it by looking at it through a whole new lens.
Photo of 15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

  • 4131 Posts
  • 4780 Reply Likes
I was thinking of Ebert indeed, but there are a few exceptions, no matter what he thought about Unforgiven, I hated this film like you can't imagine because I thought the very premise of the movie was corrupted and "wrong" from the start. And I tried to give a second chance to Juno after reading his rave review, I still can't see what he found in it, the film tries desperately to be hip and original it hurts.
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 15286 Posts
  • 16723 Reply Likes
ElM wrote:
Because you can't or because you don't want to?
I consider my rating and occasional review to be one of many data points in a spectrum of responses. I do not consider my opinion any more important or valid than that of someone else, but I do attempt a modicum of independence on how I review films and television shows.

However, I will re-watch a film in light of a review that is convincing and will re-rate a film based upon re-watching the film.
(Edited)
Photo of Kirk-Picard

Kirk-Picard

  • 445 Posts
  • 202 Reply Likes
3. Yes, it happens, but it's exceptional. 
Photo of leavey-2

leavey-2

  • 2068 Posts
  • 1832 Reply Likes
4. Yes, it affects me sometimes.
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
Interesting those different votes! Bump!
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
For me, if the review makes a good point, I will reconsider my rating. Very often you see the rating from the review author. For me it's helpfull. Sometimes I'm comparing reviews and the related ratings to find out which rating I do most agree with.
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
Bump
Photo of 15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

  • 4131 Posts
  • 4781 Reply Likes
If the review makes good points, I'll give the film a second chance, that's for sure. We're all imperfect, and it's not like opinions are things carved in stones, if I had to stick to my initial appreciations, I would have given bad ratings to movies like Fargo, Chinatown or Apocalypse Now.
Photo of Rishabh

Rishabh

  • 69 Posts
  • 17 Reply Likes
3. Yes, it happens, but it's exceptional.
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes

I corrected the poll title into: Are You Affected by Reviews and Ratings?

Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
I improved the description:

I think it happens to the most of us; you can't believe the extremely high or low IMDb rating for a particular movie. So you might wonder what other people think of the movie and what makes the rating that high/low. By reading reviews you could discover why people love or hate the movie. And after that, you maybe start to feel different about the movie....

Does reading reviews and looking at ratings affect your personal rating?


And I have chosen more recognizable titles for the list options.
(Edited)
Photo of Vladiel

Vladiel

  • 6 Posts
  • 4 Reply Likes
3. I don't worry about ratings at all, but reviews can raise my rating from time to time. Say I watched a movie or short and I considered it a "nothing film" that was only made to look good, I'll go and read the reviews and see if I was missing the point or not. An example is the short "The Big Shave" (1967); it was bumped up a couple stars after I learned it was about Vietnam and not only some dude bleeding all over the place to look "cool".
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
Thanks for your vote! I agree, sometimes you can miss the point of the movie. Reviews can give you a new perspective of the movie.
Photo of Jessica

Jessica, Champion

  • 3970 Posts
  • 4727 Reply Likes
I think it happens to the most of us;...
'The' is not needed.
Photo of Hoekkie

Hoekkie

  • 1035 Posts
  • 682 Reply Likes
Thanks! I removed 'the'
Photo of rubyfruit76

rubyfruit76, Champion

  • 5604 Posts
  • 7048 Reply Likes
Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/1TQKumw0tH4/?ref_=po_ho  'Applause, applause. : )
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 15286 Posts
  • 16723 Reply Likes
Congratulations Hoekkie on your 67th live poll! As of 14-Dec-2017 5:59 AM Pacific your polls have 83,171 or more votes, for an average of 1,241 votes per poll.

5957th Live Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/1TQKumw0tH4/
Seen:
http://www.imdb.com/seen/ls066325507/

This is the 2,585th Title poll. Such polls have a total of 6,030,524 votes for an average of 2,333 votes per poll.
Total Number of Votes			14,018,001
Projected Date of 15 Million Votes	01-Jun-2018
Days Until 15 Million Votes		168
This is the list of Hoekkie's polls as of 23-Nov-2017:

Sorted Alphabetically http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2014/05/imdb-polls-alphabetical-by-author.html#Hoekkie

In Decreasing Order of Votes http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2015/03/imdb-polls-descending-order-of-votes-by.html#Hoekkie

Alphabetical List of Polls http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2014/03/imdb-polls-alphabetical.html

Top IMDb Polls http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-imdb-polls.html

IMDb Polls - Descending Order of Votes http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2013/12/imdb-polls-descending-order-of-votes.html

Summary Statistics http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2016/05/summary-statistics.html

Key Threads - IMDb Poll FAQs Index https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/faq-key-threads-imdb-poll-faqs-index

How to Improve the Chance of Having your Poll on the Home Page https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/faq-how-to-improve-the-chance-of-having-your-poll-on-the-hom...