Quotes / Critical Dissonance

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

I give the people what they love
While the critics say I'm evil
Got no time to read reviews
While I'm working on the sequel!

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A lone man stands between
The critics and your shame
Protecting all the movies
That the experts claim are lame
These films are all contemptible
By any standard measure
But you need not feel that fears must so
Accompany your pleasure
Joachim Sandberg, Movie Defense Force theme

Ebert will be the first to admit he wasn't always right (His two-star Die Hard review remains comically wrong)... Critics tend to be know-it-all dipshits (takes one to know one!), but Ebert always happily acknowledged that his opinion wasn't exactly the be-all end-all of everything.
Drew Magary eulogizes Roger Ebert

Seriously? Zero? It's worse than the remake of The Wicker Man? I guess I'm forgetting all the badass lightsaber duels in that movie.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies, on the scathing reviews of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

"Typically, when something jumps the shark, it not only loses touch with what made it appealing in the first place, it also starts to wane in popularity. The odd thing that makes Happy Days the exception to its own rule is that the show didn't start to decline in popularity at this point. The shark-jumping episode was a hit."

"Hearing the huge face reaction Hogan got in Canada last week just reinforced my opinion that I don't represent the average wrestling fan. It wouldn't even cross my mind to cheer for Hogan. Hulkamania was a piece of crap in the 80s, and it's still a piece of crap in the 90s. In fact, it's worse now, because at least in the 80s it was a new and different piece of crap. But, it would appear that I'm in the minority with that opinion. Oh, well — at least my fellow Virginians didn't pee themselves with Hulkamaniac joy during the Hogan/"Ed Brutus Booty Furface Barber Disciple Butcher Clipmaster Dizzy Golden Boulder Bruddah Bruti Zodiac Beefcake-Leslie, with neither a Name nor a Face" match on Thunder. Richmond — I'm proud of you!"
DDT on WCW Monday Nitro 4.5.99

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")

Now if [Bioshock Infinite is] the safest and most bland pick for one of the "best games" isn't on the "best games" list, what is the hot chance in hell that I'm ever going to see a game like Explorers of Sky on there? It isn't a universally-liked game; it wasn't even liked that much on release, and it was barely given a footnote in Nintendo history, if gaming history at large... It's one of those very few games I felt personally invested in, personally attached to, like it mattered that I was playing it and not just as a distraction from the grave. It is a joy to play and a joy to experience and at the same time will make you really, truly, sad if you let it.

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As always, if you do like these shows, that's great. It's just my silly, personal opinion. And I'm glad that you can enjoy these shows when I can't. So take this list with a pinch of salt.
PhantomStrider on his Top 10 Worst lists.

Mike: I loved it! Bryan Singer hit a home run.
Jay: Accidentally.
Mike: For me, personally.

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"!

    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.
Orson Welles, quoted in Peter Biskind's My Lunches with Orson

I feel the need to point at that, despite popular belief, the Clone Saga significantly boosted sales on the Spider-Man books. At a time when the comics industry was starting to head downward, with sales dropping across the board on every title, the Spider-Man line was bucking the trend, with sales holding steady and even increasing each month. Of course, the downside to it was that everyone on the business side of Marvel was pushing us to keep the Clone Saga going for as long as possible, to milk it for all it was worth.
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga

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.