It’s perfect movie season. However, I won’t go to a movie if I have a bad feeling about it. Chances, are, it won’t be good and I’ll have remorse about paying to spend time in a human popcorn box. I’m not afraid to trust Rotten Tomatoes for movies. Adam Smith believed that we should maximize everyone’s expertise; this includes movie critics. If all the movie critics in the U.S. like a movie, chances are, I will too. I find that if a movie is above 78%, it will be good and I will like it.
If a movie is anywhere between 53% and 77%, the movie is probably good, but has some weird elements that turn off some critics. I use personal judgment when deciding to see this movie. If those weird elements are up my alley, I will enjoy the flick. The weird element in “Where the Wild Things Are” is that there’s a level of angst and anger that some believe was misrepresented. It depends on how you looked at it. I liked the movie. Dan Denby from the New Yorker didn’t — the way Max interacts with the anxious crowds of Wild Things leaves him unsettled. Ok, well, life goes on.
And then, anything under a 53% is usually a crap shoot. Or not. I’ve seen:
– Zombieland – 89% on the rottentomatometer. I agree. Zombies are gross, but in a comical way. Crowd pleaser. A-.
– Couples Retreat – 12% on the rottentomatometer. This is what I don’t understand. It’s a funny movie. Of course it’s going to be lame, just look at the plot. It’s no Hangover, but it’s a funny, entertaining movie. What do you expect? Dino De Laurentis? Where’s the credit for entertainment? A+ for humor, F for quality. Continue reading