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Quotes: Critical Dissonance

ďTo be popular one must be a mediocrity.Ē

"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

"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."

"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."

"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")

"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."

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