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Rex Reed Handicaps "The Myth of the American Sleepover" on Metacritic.

by Eric Kohn
July 20, 2011 8:39 AM
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As if you needed another reminder that review aggregators are better for finding reviews rather than measuring them, check out this list of reviews for "The Myth of the American Sleepover," opening this Friday. I may have been more enthusiastic about the movie than Reed, but Metacritic processes his review as the only 0% rating, which knocks the movie's overall rating down a full ten percent. These days, for better or worse, that means something. If you're seeing movies based on numbers alone...stop.

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  • Not Mitch Ellis, But Still | August 2, 2011 9:20 AMReply

    "Why the term 'weighted average' matters

    Metascore is a weighted average in that we assign more importance, or weight, to some critics and publications than others, based on their quality and overall stature. In addition, for music and movies, we also normalize the resulting scores (akin to "grading on a curve" in college), which prevents scores from clumping together."

    Source: http://www.metacritic.com/about-metascores

  • Joe | July 21, 2011 6:19 AMReply

    Mitch, there is no secret formula for Metacritic (not in this case at least). Just do the math yourself.

  • Mitch Ellis | July 20, 2011 10:03 AMReply

    Sorry Eric, but you can't know how much Reed's "zero" affects the final score. You don't know how much he's weighted in the formula. But way to come to the defense of the film...

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