11. 26. 2008
Holiday movie choices? Consult IMDB and/or Rotten Tomatoes
If your holidays are likely to include visits to real movie theaters to view films the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen and accompanied by amazingly expensive popcorn, make sure your investment is worthwhile. Check out the reviews first the easy way - online.
Of course we couldn't do without the venerable encyclopedia of films that began years ago as a labor of love and these days has a lot to interest movie professionals too: the Internet Movie Database. To find reviews, search the movie of your choice. When you get to the movie's main page, scroll down the links in the left-hand window and click on External Reviews. Presto, a list--sometimes a very long list--of reviews. Sources include newspapers, magazines, and lots of websites.
But if you're not inclined to wade through miles and miles of reviews, check out Rotten Tomatoes. RT provides gossip and movie/celebrity news along with showtimes, trailers and movie clips. But search your movie title and RT also collates thumbs-ups and -downs and even averages review opinions into a no-work thumbnail that summarizes them for you.
That's not always good news. RT reports that reviews of Twilight, the latest vampire flick, average only 5.3 out of a possible 10. Maybe it doesn't matter, since Twilight broke all kinds of records by taking in $70 million-plus at the box office when it opened in the US last weekend. Apparently not everybody checks reviews before plunking down bucks at the multiplex.