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Martin Scorsese has criticised review aggregator sites like Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore, accusing them of reducing a “great” art form “to content”.
Speaking at the Turner Classic Movies film festival at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the director said that review aggregators lead films to be “instantly judged and dismissed”.
“It can all be summed up in the word that’s being used now: content,” Scorsese said (via Entertainment Weekly).
“All movie images are lumped together. You’ve got a picture, you’ve got a TV episode, a new trailer, you’ve got a how-to video on a coffee-maker, you’ve got a Super Bowl commercial, you’ve got Lawrence of Arabia, it’s all the same.
“They can also turn a picture off and go straight to the next piece of content. If there’s no sense of value tied to a given movie, of course, it can be sampled in bits and pieces and just forgotten.”
Calling out Rotten Tomatoes and CinemaScore, Scorsese said: “The horrible idea they reinforce [is] that every picture, every image is there to be instantly judged and dismissed without giving audiences time to see it.
“Time to see it, maybe ruminate and maybe make a decision for themselves. So the great 20th-century art form, the American art form, is reduced to content,” he added.
Still, he praised those attending the TCM film festival: “You know the difference between a YouTube video and the great American art form. You react against the devaluation of cinema and movies by showing up.”
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