I find it hard to listen to critics. Not because the don't know what they are talking about, but because they are so professional. What I mean is that they are to professional. So what exactly do I mean you ask? Let me explain.
There are tons of critics out there. Some for movies, some for cars, some for products. There are just a ton of them. You can find them just about anywhere. On TV. On YouTube. On commercials. They're everywhere. So what's wrong with them? Nothing...and everything. The way that I see it is that these people, for the most part are professionals. They have a job of reviewing a certain item, for example, like cars. When a new car comes out they review it. They give you their best opinion of that car and tell you whether or not you should buy it. If they review movies, they also give you their best opinion and tell you whether or not you should go and see it. Problem is that most are so professional that we as regular consumers don't have the faintest clue on what they are talking about.
To many critics are to critical on the things that just don't matter to me. However, this is just my opinion. If I am looking at a car for example, I do look at reviews, but I only pay attention to the things that matter to me, because to be honest, the other part of the review really doesn't matter to me. I really don't care if the car has the latest and greatest fuel injection system or not or if is has halogen bulbs or not. I don't care. My concern is whether or not the car will hold up. Will it get me to work and back? Does it have enough power? How good do the brakes work? Stuff like that. I really don't care if it doesn't have the best spark plugs on the market or not. It amazes me when critics give cars bad ratings simply because they don't have the latest and greatest things available on the market. I have seen cars get bad rating and gone out and tested them myself, and thought that they were great!
Movies are another thing. Critics are to picky when it comes to movies. I remember when the movie Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck came out. I saw Ebert and Roeper do a review on this movie and they gave it horrible reviews. At least Ebert did. I remember him saying that in the movie, they only used 3 WWII planes for the whole movie. They just used digital copies of the three planes to make it look like there were several hundred planes. He said he could tell and that the digital copies were horrible. I tried my best to see what he was seeing and for the life of me I just couldn't see it, and to be honest, I thought Pearl Harbor was a really good movie.
The website Rotten Tomatoes is a good place to go if you want to get a good review on a movie you want to see. They show you what the critics say about it and the general audience. In most cases, there is a dramatic difference between what the critics think and what the audience thinks. It really shows you the difference between the two.
Simply put, just because a critic says that a car is bad, doesn't mean that it is. Just because a critic, says that a movie is horrible doesn't mean that you shouldn't go see it. It's simply their opinion. The best way, and only way, to find out is to go and see it yourself. That's with anything. Just remember that critics are professional. They see things that may matter to them, but in most cases, not the general public.