Quotes: Critical Dissonance

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

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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 [stars]? 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.

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"!

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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.