Can review aggregators give us a true picture of the year in film?
In April 2011 I wanted to get a critical snapshot of the first three months of that year by combining three major review hubs: Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes and the IMDb.
Using roughly the same methods this time around, the goal was to get a similar picture for a whole year.
Data from the aforementioned websites was analysed again using all the US releases listed on the Wikipedia entry for 2012. (To do global releases would have been a logistical nightmare).
There were a few films we didn’t include, such as 3D re-releases like Titanic and Finding Nemo, along with some that didn’t appear on all three of the review hubs.
We added the Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes (for the latter we used the average % score) and IMDb user rating, which was then divided by three to get a final score.
The five bands which corresponded to each score were: Excellent (100-80), Good (80-60), Average (60-40), Bad (40-20) and Awful (20-0).