Using the Rotten Tomatoes website, a New York Times columnist compared critics' reviews to audience ratings of new films. The finding: The average picture got a positive review from almost exactly half of the Approved Tomatometer Critics who assessed it. By contrast, the average movie got a positive review from 62 percent of the audience who weighed in on the website. In almost every genre the public rates a movie more positively than do the critics. The only exceptions are black comedies and documentaries. The genre with the biggest critical disconnect is romantic comedy. The average romantic comedy is rated positively by 57 percent of Rotten Tomatoes users, versus just 36 percent of Rotten Tomatoes-approved critics.
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
WINNER: Tampa Bay
The Republican National Convention brought 50,000 visitors and a total economic impact of up to $404 million last August, a study finds.
LOSER: Gulf of Mexico
USF survey on effects of BP oil spill: fish with lesions; deformed crustaceans; dolphins dying from infections; massive die-off of microscopic foraminifera.