Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic Reviewers by Gender: April 29 Releases

As important as it is to have women on screen and behind the scenes, it's also important to have women critiquing movies and television. A while back, I started recording the number of female critics counted by Rotten Tomatoes toward their score for each new release. I dropped the project pretty quickly, but I've decided to pick it back up and expand it into a weekly feature. So, without further ado, here are the numbers for Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic for each of this week's wide releases, as of about 7 p.m. tonight. (They're not great. If you check back weekly, you should probably get used to that.)


Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 79

Rating (Female Critics): 80

Number of Critics Counted: 47

Number of Female Critics Counted: 10 (21.3%)


Rating: 60

Rating (Female Critics Average): 68.75

Number of Critics Counted: 23

Number of Female Critics Counted: 4 (17.4%)

Mother's Day

Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 9

Rating (Female Critics): 0

Number of Critics Counted: 33

Number of Female Critics Counted: 7 (21.2%)


Rating: 18

Rating (Female Critics Average): 24

Number of Critics Counted: 18

Number of Female Critics Counted: 7 (38.9%)

Ratchet & Clank

Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 18

Rating (Female Critics): 20

Number of Critics Counted: 22

Number of Female Critics Counted: 5 (22.7%)


Rating: 29

Rating (Female Critics Average): 25

Number of Critics Counted: 13

Number of Female Critics Counted: 1 (7.7%)

* Rotten Tomatoes gives a simple overall rating that is the percentage of all reviews that are "fresh" (that is, positive). Metacritic assigns a numerical value to each critic's review, and determines its ratings via an unknown weighting system of those values. So it's impossible to get the true female Metacritic score. Instead, I've simply averaged the individual scores of the female critics.

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