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This year in film has saw studios pulling a lot of advance screenings of films they know would be panned by critics. It is a trend some have called disturbing as it has been shown that without advance screenings these films perform much better at box offices. However, perhaps the disturbance belongs to the film critics themselves. The past has shown before that films panned by mainstream film critics often find an audience despite bad reviews, creating surprising hit movies or cult favorites, but this happening more and more. Certain genres of film have also gained a certain bias in recent years, most notably the horror genre, which has been victim to reviews that criticize films for being too horroriffic.

Have film critics become so high brow that their expectations are unrealistic? Do reviews hold any relevance at all anymore? Are their movies that you enjoy despite being poorly reviewed?

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The only film critic I ever paid attention to was Joe Bob Briggs. He's the only person that should be allowed to write a review of a horror movie, because he's the only critic that "gets it" (understands what fans are looking for in a movie). He's great at sci-fi reviews, as well....

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I like to read what critics have to say, but I rarely follow their advice. I enjoy to make my own decisions. If I'm disappointed by the film, oh well. But I'd never turn down some fun because of someone else's opinion. That being said I do waste a lot of money on movies, I'm not that selective and will see anything just to be in a theater. I can understand why a lot of people trust critics if they are trying to choose which movie to see.

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