Moki.TV presents visual evidence that overall, films are decreasing in quality. Moki noted the “spike in highly polarizing movies (Twilight movies, the Transformers sequel, Fast and the Furious) with wide ratings distributions. And, they note Sequels are (almost) always more polarizing.

Here is the trend:


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Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Film

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6 Responses to “Most Popular Movies Getting Worse (1991-2011)”

  1. VennData says:

    Capitalism: it works.

    Interesting how this started shortly after Rupert Murdock bought Fox Studios in the late Eighties.

    … which leads to the obvious, has anyone done a quality regression on News?

  2. Marcus says:

    Nice graphics; however, trends are very strange in these data. For instance:

    In 2005 Brokeback Mountain was very low on the polarization scale, but Star Wars was high. In 2006 Blood Diamond was very low on the polarization scale, but Superman Returns was high. In 2008 Gran Torino was very low on the polarization scale, but Twilight Sage, a fantasy about vampires, was high.

    The authors do not tell how they measure polarization, but the data almost seem reversed. They need to either change their descriptors, or show how these scales were developed.

  3. ottnott says:

    Moki.TV claims that they have a graph showing that movies “are getting worse”.

    My two questions are:
    1) What would you expect the graphic to look like if successful movie marketing required one to motivate increasingly narrow segments of the potential audience to go to a theater?

    2) Can we say that targeting a narrower audience (which is likely to increase polarization) is equivalent to lower quality?

    Would be interesting to see if direct-to-video movies, which have always been narrowly targeted, show the same polarization trend that the theater releases have shown.

  4. A says:

    The movie industry is simply responding to the desires of its primary market: Un-intelligent programming for the un-intelligent masses. And, the movie industry has finally learned what the music and television industries have known for decades: there can be absolutely no linkage between popularity, and quality.

  5. Transor Z says:

    Ed Wood will be relieved.

  6. NoKidding says:

    Followed the link, but there is no meat.

    How was polarizing defined?
    Same mix of reviewers every year or has the sample expanded? If the sample has expanded, are the new sources like blogs more likely to be niche oriented (predisposed to polarity)?
    How do you control for reviewers themselves trying to be “more polarizing” for the same reasons mpovies might be?

    Lack of attempted explanations, or many words at all, implies arbitrariness and slop.