Useful information, ratings
, and user reviews for nearly all movies that have ever existed. People can vote if they find a user review ‘helpful’.
Do not let yourself be fooled however: ‘helpful’ has nothing to do with: “does this review help me to judge the quality of the movie?”
This meta-review system is completely flawed. Whoever programmed it has no notion of statistics or confidence levels. To decide what user review to display on the film's main page, the website favours reviews with more ‘helpful’ than ‘not helpful’ ratings. If a fresh, unrated review is voted ‘not helpful’, it is marked: “0 of 1 people found this review helpful,” and the dumb calculation will deem it 100% not helpful. The review is then forever doomed to be buried somewhere at the bottom of the list.
Of course film studios are likely to be aware of this, hence I expect them to exploit the system by having an army of drones paid to skim through all their films on IMDb, and immediately downvote any fresh user review that does not appraise the film, and upvote the extremely positive ones. The same drones are probably encouraged to vote 10 on all the studio's films and 1 on all the rest, and are given creative ways around IMDb's rules that prohibit this. I might just be speculating here, but it is the only reasonable explanation why both the scores and reviews on IMDb tend to be so skewed. A glance at the chronological list of reviews of recent blockbusters reveals evidence of this assumption.
In other words, take neither the scores nor user reviews too seriously. To get a slightly more founded idea about the quality of a particular movie and whether you may like it or not, do not merely look at its average score. Click on the number of votes to view the rating histogram: the peak
in this histogram is often a much better indicator. Next, try sorting reviews according to both ‘Liked it’
and ‘Hated it’.
reviews of both types, and see if people come up with actual good reasons why they liked or hated it. Ignore the obvious generic movie drone reviews. Eventually, you may also want to look at Rotten Tomatoes
to get a second opinion.