As of February 2015, publications that review movies that are coming to theaters include the Chicago Sun-Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and USA Today. Rotten Tomatoes features all the reviews of a movie that have been published through print or online.Continue Reading
Meta Critic features published reviews of movies and fan ratings. The website also includes the average review score for all the publications featured and each individual publication. For all the featured publications, the average movie review score is 62 out of 100. The Chicago Sun-Times' average score is a 71, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's average score is a 68, Entertainment Weekly's average is 66, Rolling Stone's is 65 and USA Today's is 62.
Rating systems vary based on the publication. Movies may be rated on a scale of one to 10 or given a star rating, with either four or five stars as the maximum. Another method is assigning a score that tells the reader where he should see the movie. For example, a high quality movie may receive a "matinee" rating, while an average movie could receive a "rent it" rating. The well-known film critic Roger Ebert gave high quality movies "two thumbs up," which corresponded to 3.5 or 4 out of 4 stars.Learn more about Magazines & Newspapers