I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Metacritic is not a review site itself, but a compilation of reviews from various sources combined and weighted by the process of pop culture calculus. Having worked three years in a movie theater, three years in a video store, and a year in New York's Virgin Megastore, I've found Metacritic is the only web site whose rating system is worth anything. It's balanced fairly well between Indie and popular films - there's no obvious slant - and the reviews simply order films from best to worst in a way that I think compares to the actual value of the films. I don't know how well Metacritic rates TV, Music, and Games, but I would imagine that these ratings follow suit.


  1. I can vouch for the games section. I have been using them as long as Steam has used their ratings for users to see. The user reviews I tend to find more useful since it gives a great perspective that some critics can't or don't give. There is an excellent contrast on that site.

  2. Because of formatting changes in Metacritic, I have now changed teams in favor of Rotten Tomatoes: http://cavemengo.blogspot.com/2010/12/rotten-tomatoes.html.