Sunday, April 10, 2011

Movies Are Getting Worse

Matt Huang writes the Moki Blog which purports to be the "ultimate guide to online entertainment." Matt has graphically represented the 20 most popular Hollywood movies over the past 20 years. His revealing analysis captured my attention. I am intrigued by the technique he uses to display the analysis. For each movie, the size of the circle represents box office haul. The color represents the average rating. The location of the circle from left to right indicates the year in which the movie was released. The location of the circle from bottom to top indicates the degree to which the movie polarized critics: consensus on the bottom and a high standard deviation on the top.

Have a look at the evidence and see if you agree with the hypothesis that movies are getting worse