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Are Movie Reviews Even Worth Reading Nowadays?

Are Movie Reviews Even Worth Reading Nowadays?

Is it better to find out what others have to say about a movie, or does it make more sense to bite the bullet and experience it firsthand? There is no clear cut answer to this question really, because cinema is a form of art. And, like other art forms, it’s very subjective.

You know the age-old adage ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’. In saying all this however, if there seems to be a consensus about the success (or failure) of a movie, chances are, it’s a good indication of what viewers should expect.

While it may seem like a waste of time to many, reading an exhaustive review should be worth something, right? If not to get a good idea of the storyline and its characters, at least for the entertainment value - assuming it’s well-written.

Of course, movies aren’t the only category of entertainment to have a copious number of reviews. Online casinos have thousands upon thousands of them: in fact, one can find a treasure trove of such reviews on, so players (like movie buffs) can make an informed decision prior to signing up for a no deposit bonus. So, in short - yes, reviews are worth reading, and we'll be exploring why below.

They’ll Help You Get a Better Idea of What to Expect
Of course, the most obvious reason why anyone would check out an online movie review is to get a better idea of what to expect in terms of plot, genre, and so on. This should give you a solid indication whether investing two or three hours of your time is worthwhile. Apart from that, movie reviews are pretty handy because they’ll answer other questions you might currently have, such as whether it’s a good idea to bring the kids to the cinema for example.

They Could Save You Time and Money
The world is incredibly hyped about Barbie right now, but reading up on whether it’s actually your type of film rather than simply following the crowds could help you dodge a bullet (and save a cinema ticket purchase) if it absolutely isn’t for you. Same with Netflix really. How often have you just put a random movie on without reading a review first only to realize that those are two hours of your life you’re never getting back?

Reading a review could also offer powerful insights with regards to what you should be looking out for in terms of what the director is trying to convey. Going through a review can help you understand whether this movie is right for you in a couple of minutes, while offering useful tips on what to look out for in order to get the fullest experience.

They’ll Spark Your Curiosity
Some reviews are so negative that they’ll leave you wondering how bad the movie actually is in order to merit such backlash. With that in mind, the worst movie to one reviewer could turn out to be your absolute favorite, so you’ve always got to take them with a pinch of salt.

With the film industry growing from strength to strength, especially since the theatres are open again post pandemic, following a movie critic is a little like following a social media influencer. Out of respect for the art and they’re fans, these reviews will never include dramatic spoilers so you’re safe there, while always being in the loop.

You’ll Get to Appreciate the Entire Crew
Of course, the first thing we think of when we think of the greatest movies are usually the actors, however there is so much more to movie making than good acting and solid special effects. The reason why some movies are better than others depends on a multitude of other factors and crew members, with things such as writing, structure, directing, cinematography, and so much more that could really make or break a production.

When following movie critics, you’ll start to become more familiar with the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes and find it easier to understand when a movie goes in one direction or the other in terms of success.

The Bottom Line
There are so many movies that are considered epic by different standards, that it would probably take another lifetime to rewatch them all. However, when it comes to new releases, sifting out what you’re into and what you aren’t could take a while sometimes.

Even though movie trailers come in handy, really getting into the nitty gritty of it all requires more time and effort. Then again, a review only takes a couple of minutes to skim through, making it a quasi-essential part of anyone’s movie selection process.

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