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Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
by Christopher Beam and Jeremy Singer-Vine
Slate (6 June 2011)

“What makes the data from Rotten Tomatoes so brutal is that they depict not just one person’s opinion of Shyamalan but the collective assessment of all our cultural critics. (The scores are based on aggregated reviews.) You may still run into the occasional Shyamalan defender, but as the graph shows, their numbers dwindle with every new film he makes. Rotten Tomatoes data reveal other trends, too. They show you how Brad Pitt went from being a regular star—the kind of Hollywood actor who appears in some good films and some bad ones—to a critical darling whose movies are almost always well-received. (It started with Babel in 2006.) Or how Matt Damon has made consistently better films than Ben Affleck since 1997, when the pair starred in Good Will Hunting.”


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