Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic Reviewers by Gender: Angry, Neighborly, Nice Edition

The box office is finally moving out of the shadow of Captain America, and this week we have three new releases: The Angry Birds Movie, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and The Nice Guys. Full numbers are below the cut, but two things jumped out at me. First, The Nice Guys has the lowest percentage of female critics I've yet seen, on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. And second, the largely-female-cast Neighbors 2 has the largest disparity between male and female Rotten Tomatoes scores I've yet seen, with female critics rating the movie positively 18 percent more often than male critics.

Also, it turns out no one particularly liked The Angry Birds Movie. Who'd have thought?

The Angry Birds Movie

Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 46

Rating (Female Critics): 65

Number of Critics Counted: 97

Number of Female Critics Counted: 20 (20.6%)


Rating: 41

Rating (Female Critics Average): 58

Number of Critics Counted: 23

Number of Female Critics Counted: 5 (21.7%)

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 65

Rating (Female Critics): 79

Number of Critics Counted: 98

Number of Female Critics Counted: 24 (24.5%)


Rating: 57

Rating (Female Critics Average): 65.167

Number of Critics Counted: 31

Number of Female Critics Counted: 6 (19.4%)

The Nice Guys

Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 91

Rating (Female Critics): 100

Number of Critics Counted: 87

Number of Female Critics Counted: 15 (17.2%)


Rating: 70

Rating (Female Critics Average): 76.667

Number of Critics Counted: 40

Number of Female Critics Counted: 3 (7.5%)

* 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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