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Encyclopedia > Metacritic
URL http://www.metacritic.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Reviews/Ratings
Registration Free/subscription
Owner CNET Networks
Created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, Julie Roberts
Launched January 2001

Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. For each product, a numerical score from each review is obtained and the total is averaged. An excerpt of each review is provided along with a hyperlink to the source. Three color codes of Green, Yellow and Red summarize the critic's recommendation. This gives an idea of the general appeal of the product among reviewers and, to a lesser extent, the public. In historical scholarship, a primary source is a document, or other source of information that was created at or near the time being studied, by an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being described. ... In library and information science, historiography and some other areas of scholarship, a secondary source is a document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elsewhere. ... Image File history File links Metacritic_logo. ... “URL” redirects here. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... This article is about games played on consoles. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... [1]#redirect Book ...

The site is somewhat similar to Rotten Tomatoes, but the scoring results sometimes vary drastically, depending on which reviews are tallied. For instance, Rotten Tomatoes gives an overall unfavorable rating to Kenneth Branagh's film version of As You Like It by quoting mostly British critics, who reportedly have strongly disliked Branagh's Shakespeare films. Metacritic on the other hand, tallies its score largely from American reviews of the film, which are much more favorable. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Walter Deverell,The Mock Marriage of Orlando and Rosalind, 1853 William Shakespeares As You Like It is a pastoral comedy written in 1599 or early 1600. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...

Many review websites give a review grade out of five, out of ten, out of a hundred, or even an alphabetical score. Metacritic converts such a grade into a percentage. For reviews with no explicit scores (for example, Amazon's reviews), Metacritic manually assesses the tone of the review before assigning a relevant grade. Reviews from certain publications also have a marginally greater influence on the average. One common drawback of Metacritic, however, is its lack of book reviews; following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, their regular coverage of recently released books ceased, except for major releases. Amazon. ... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series of novels by J. K. Rowling. ...

Metacritic was founded in 1999, and in August of 2005 was acquired by CNET. This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ...

External links

  • Metacritic website
  • "Metacritic: The Granddaddy of Mash-ups"
  • Gale Resoures evaluation of Metacritic
  • Blogcritics review
  • Businessweek article on Metacritic movies - 6/21/02
  • High Scores Matter To Game Makers, Too - Wall Street Journal (9/20/07)



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