Quotes: Critical Dissonance

Oh, Jar Jar. Everyone hates you but me.
Comic Book Guy, The Simpsons

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The original cut of the film was 5 hrs and 25 minutes. After the critics savaged the film and it had an opening weekend of $12,000, [Michael] Cimino thought it was in his best interest to trim a little. He cut it to about two hours but it didnít help. [United Artists] was panicking and tried to sell it to anyone, ANYONE who was interested. Critics still didnít like it and thought it was too murky and too hard to understand the dialogue. UA was bankrupt, and it was their minor hit of For Your Eyes Only that helped them sell to MGM. Cimino never really got another job again and while the movie has a small (tiny) cult following, it will never make its money back. It is the bomb to which other bombs are compared to.

Is it any good? Yeah, I like it.

While on television, it's one of the great punching bags of Doctor Who: Underworld. A story that I could simply and cavalierly lay into for a myriad of faults and get absolutely no comments from anybody suggesting that I was being too hard on the story or being unfair. This is the one Tom Baker story to slot in the bottom ten on the Doctor Who Magazine Mighty 200 poll. Lawrence Miles declares it the worst story of the 1970s. It's crap. it's garbage. I kinda liked it.
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "Underworld"

The worst Star Trek episode of all time! That is what some insane people declare about Profit & Lace (obviously they havenít seen The Naked Now, Code of Honor, The Last Outpost, Justice, Hide & Q, Home Soil, Where Silence Has Lease, The Outrageous Okona, Shades of Grey, Captainís Holiday, Devilís Due, New Ground, Man of the People, Aquiel, Suspicions, Descent, Gambit, Force of Nature, Sub Rosa, Masks, Emergence, The Passenger, Melora, Second Sight, Rivals, Meridian, Fascination, Life Support, Sons of Mogh, The Muse, Let He Who is Without Sin, Ferengi Love Songs, Ressurection, The Emperorís New Cloak Ė and not to mention two thirds of Voyagerís overall output)... You might think that I have gone clinically insane to slaughter so many Voyager episodes and praise this one but I can genuinely see a difference in quality between the two. Plus this gets an extra point for the glorious sequence where the show finally tips over into old school slapstick (I can hear the Benny Hill theme tune playing) and has Quark running around a table trying to escape the clutches of a lecherous misogynist. I can hear the teeth grinding of po faced Star Trek fans everywhere during that scene and it makes me laugh all the more.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Profit and Lace"

The show had, and continues to have, a very small fanbase—Enterprise was consistently near the bottom of the Nielsen ratings every week—but at the same time, that fanbase is very, very vocal. Which is why, if you had nothing to go on other than internet discussion, you might conclude that Enterprise wasn't really that bad. I mean, the first season was good, right? The fourth season was amazing, wasn't it?

It's time to set the record straight: Enterprise sucked. It sucked from day one. It sucked until the bitter end. It's a miracle it lasted four seasons—that's three and a half more than it deserved. It's easily one of the worst dramatic programs I've ever watched.
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

Weíve had fans of the show leave comments on the site before where you and I were accused of being small-minded comics fans who just canít accept any alternate takes on the Superman mythos. Iíll be the first to admit that I have a pretty well-defined idea of what Superman is and isnít, but I still think thatís a flawed argument, as itís based on the premise that Smallville isnít dumb and terrible on its own merits, which weíve clearly seen is not the case.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Collateral")

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The whole game works off a randomizer. All these zones, the phone pieces, everything—they're all hidden in a different place every time you play. Some fans have spoken out in defense of this game, saying that it's different every time you play. Kinda like how every time I TAKE A SHIT, it's always "different"!

Jack: For my pick, the Best of the Worst is Theodore Rex.
Jay: (Oh my God, fuck you.)
Rich: Jack... you're such a hipster that even in our small group—even in our tiny little group—you just have to be the dissenting opinion.
Best of the Worst, "Dinosaur Movies"

    Real Life 

To be popular one must be a mediocrity.

Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good.
Mickey Spillane, author of the Mike Hammer series, a textbook example of this trope

I see movies through such a mist of years, I am incapable of feeling the thrill of them, even the greatest ones, because I cannot erase those years of experience. Iím jaded. Before I started making movies, Iíd get into them, lose myself. I canít do that now. Thatís why I donít think my opinions about movies are as good as somebodyís who doesnít have to look through all those filters. I think all films are better than we think they are.
My Lunches With Orson

By observing the relation between Meta Scores and total sales in Table 7 we see that the amount of scores on each interval forms a bell curve around the 70ís, much like with grades on an exam. As expected, higher scores lead to higher average sales. The only exception is from games scored in the 20ís, whose expectations are similar to that of games in the 70ís. It should be noted however that of the 7 titles that scored in the 20ís, 2 have sold over half a million.