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Have you ever been misguided by a good review?

Asked by pezz (1286 points ) August 16th, 2011

I had been looking forward to the release of an artists new CD for a while. I read the reviews on Amazon. High accolade indeed, 5 out of 5. However on hearing the CD, although it is very good it’s not 5 out of 5. Has anyone else brought something on the strength of the reviews and been disappointed?

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Aethelflaed's avatar

Sure, all the time. There are many restaurants that everyone seems to love that I cannot stand. Just a couple days ago, I heard really good things about a performance of Romeo and Juliet, so I bought tickets to it, only to leave after the first half and wish I left sooner. (Technically it wasn’t bad so much as unoriginal in every way). I’ve had teachers where I signed up for their class because I heard they were awesome, only to find them the poorest of the bunch.

Incoherency_'s avatar

I saw Phantasm because it got a good review. It’s not that hard for a scary movie to scare me, but about the only reason I sat through the whole thing was because if the guy said it was good, then I thought eventually something scary would happen. But it never did.

LostInParadise's avatar

I have been disappointed by books I bought books on Amazon largely based on the reviews.Reviews tend to be inflated. I make it a point to check out the negative reviews.

Unclepepsi's avatar

Some one told me about this kid named Beiber so yeah

cockswain's avatar

I saw a movie called “Happy Go Lucky” that got great reviews. I hated it.

8Convulsions's avatar

@Incoherency_ The same thing happened to me. I couldn’t agree with you more! I kept thinking something was going to happen and it would live up to its good reviews, but it never did. I can’t believe they went on to make three sequels.

ragingloli's avatar

Mostly video games, like Fallout 3, Bioshock or Far Cry 2. Raving reviews, but less then stellar games.

martianspringtime's avatar

I rarely take subjective reviews very seriously. They’re good to read, but with something like music or movies, you really can’t predict how you’ll like it based on other people’s reviews.

I only take reviews to heart if it’s on how something works. I’ll take all reviews on cameras or clothing into consideration, for example. Some people are really awful at reviewing though. There are a lot of odd people on Urban Outfitters’ website who see nothing wrong with giving a pair of shoes that broke on the first day of owning them 4 stars because they were cute.

Incoherency_'s avatar

@8Convulsions

“I can’t believe they went on to make three sequels.”

Maybe they also got good “reviews”.

Anyway, let’s make a date not to see any of them!

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