The Internet Movie Database allows any ol’ person to hop on their browser and rate a movie they’ve seen. Unlike Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, the scores come straight from the registered members. Sure, the aforementioned sites allow user ratings, but they’re not the primary purpose of the website. Contrarily, IMDb thrives on user ratings. Some of the more popular movies have upwards of 1,000,000 ratings.
In other words, these ratings aren’t from a list of professional film critics. Anyone can sign up and rate a movie, which makes the website pretty interesting because it often shows what the true public opinion is. There are more male users than female users, modern movies tend to be more popular, and everyone’s God. However, in general, these ratings give people a good indicator of what others think.
Sometimes the public is very very wrong. The movies below are movies that don’t deserve their high IMDb ratings. In some cases, there’s a sharp divide between critical opinion and the rating. In other cases, this particular writer thinks everyone is a little crazy. Regardless, there’s a contrast between public opinion and this Taste of Cinema list.
1. The Butterfly Effect
With 2004’s The Butterfly Effect, there’s a sharp divide between critics and casual moviegoers. While the movie was slammed by professional critics, most other viewers were willing to embrace the Ashton Kutcher flick.
Most other viewers are wrong. The 30 Metascore is far more appropriate than the outlandishly high 7.7 IMDb score. That score puts it above modern time travel classics like Predestination, Looper, and Source Code. Let’s be real, if The Butterfly Effect were half as smart as any of those movies, it wouldn’t have received such a critical beating.
Aside from the fact that the time travel mechanics are unclear, there → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema