How do YOU react when forced to go to a poorly reviewed show?

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    Feb 29, 2012 4:20 PM GMT
    Sometimes to be social we have to go to shows that got bad press. So last night with a group I saw an advance of the film of the Andrew Lloyd Weber "Phantom" sequel "Love Never Dies" and it was better than I expected.* I always go in with an open mind but lowered expectations so I'm pleasantly surprised. A friend next to me went in prepared to hate it and left after 20 minutes instead of staying the duration to be catty about the whole show afterwards.

    What's your attitude when you go to and/or watch such shows?

    * My review: "A pleasant, forgettable score and visual triumph despite its singularly unattractive cast."

  • calibro

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    Feb 29, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    i make my friends pay for it
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Never read a review or see a rating of a show/movie before going. You go in with preconceived notions.

    Plus critics are usually worng. I've seen some stuff that i love, but critcs hate, and vise versa.
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    EagermuscleSometimes to be social we have to go to shows that got bad press.


    1. Open mouth.
    2. Say "No."
    3. Enjoy alternate activity.
  • drypin

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    Feb 29, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    I will occasionally allow a critic's glowing review to sway me into seeing a show I wasn't all that hyped about (The Artist, the French film Untouchables, anything too artsy), but I would never allow a critic's pan to talk me out of a show I wanted to see. If friends ask me/us to join them for a film, I nearly always say yes (exceptions: films about zombies, films marketed to the pubescent teen audience, films about the trials of war).
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 29, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I sit through it. There was a movie back in '93/'94 that I went see with friends without knowledge of any criticisms. It was a painful movie to watch with an incoherent rambling plot. I watch through it to see how it ends and check to see if I was right or wrong.
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I'd go with the program and behave in a congenial way. I don't often read reviews of films until after I see them......for no particular reason. I had a similar situation a few years ago.......people I was with wanted to go see a George Clooney movie. I'm not a fan, but then, I don't dislike the guy either. He's held up well, and is a good role model for the middle aged guy. Anyway - during this movie I noticed people in the theatre kept getting up and leaving. The movie was dull and a real drag, but I wouldn't have left - - out of respect for the people I was with (plus we'd driven to the theatre in their car - I was a captive audience!) But I never in my life saw people leave a theatre in droves like that. By the end of the film, there was just a small handful of people left in the theatre.
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    Feb 29, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    talk a lot of shit to the people who made me go, and then i tell them never to talk to me again, then the next day they take me to another horrible show lol
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    I can find positive points and be entertained when going along with friends to a movie that I wouldn't choose on my own or that I heard was bad. However, if they in turn found that it was bad and complain, I'm not so happy.
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    I look at it this way. Some of my absolute favorite films were trashed by the formal "critics" and my favorite cartoon movie from the 90s most people have never even heard of thanks to crappy marketing. What matters to me is whether I think I'm going to like it or not. So I go and watch it. Unless its a horror film...I'm haemophobic icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    Given how fappin' expensive Broadway is, and how little of it I actually enjoy, I don't let myself get talked into much unless someone else is paying.
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    A bottle of merlot 30 min before on an empty stomach...... Makes the show simply forgettable
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidRules for avoiding this situation in future.

    1. Never attend anything written by anyone named Lloyd Webber or Boublil=Schonberg.
    2. Re-read number 1.


    I LOVE Les Miserable and Miss Saigon (their other one was crap), can't stand Andrew Lloyd Webber icon_razz.gif
  • josephmovie

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    Feb 29, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    If I have nothing else to do then I just go anyway. It's better than just pottering around the house and watching a bit of crap television.
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Durbdoc saidA bottle of merlot 30 min before on an empty stomach...... Makes the show simply forgettable


    Particularly if you add a vicodin.....icon_biggrin.gif...Oh...and a Xanax....forget about the Merlot.....too messy.....
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    Glory hole action in the men's bathroom during the intermission..... It's theatre, they all have em

    What?! Don't act you haven't gone there
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    mlitsonata said
    JPtheBITCH saidRules for avoiding this situation in future.

    1. Never attend anything written by anyone named Lloyd Webber or Boublil=Schonberg.
    2. Re-read number 1.


    I LOVE Les Miserable and Miss Saigon (their other one was crap), can't stand Andrew Lloyd Webber icon_razz.gif

    Little-known trivia factoid:
    Les Miserables was actually named for its audience.

    True!


    Sorry, Jeff....but I laughed my ass off...........icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:26 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    njmeanwhile saidGiven how fappin' expensive Broadway is, and how little of it I actually enjoy, I don't let myself get talked into much unless someone else is paying.

    I lost interest in Broadway finally after seeing Thoroughly Modern Millie, which for all the acclaim was at best at the level of a high-school show. I've pretty much had enough.


    For me it was Titanic. Brutal.
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    Feb 29, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    I will go to movies both because of or in spite of critical opinion. I will go to a movie if Steven Spielberg directed it. I will go to a movie where ILM did the CGI, I will go to any and every Pixar film. I will see a bad movie if Ryan Reynolds is naked or close to naked in it (i.e. Green Lantern, Blade III, etc). I will go to a movie if John Williams scored it (see Spielberg above).
    I'll see it
    If its a black comedy.
    If its got great cinematography or set design.
    If its got a gay theme.
    If its off beat.
    If its got any one of a number of actors whose work I respect in it.
    If its directed by Ridley Scott, Bryan Singer, even Joe Dante.

    I'll make my own decisions on whether I want to see a film. I do read reviews, but admittedly, I've loved some really bad movies, and hated some really good ones.

    The trick is understanding that what makes great film is a separate thing from what I like. I also know the difference. Knowing that popularity and quality are not the same thing and recognizing that you might like something doesn't have to have anything to do with that popularity or quality regardless of whether both or neither are present.