X-Men: First Class: best reviewed movie of the summer?

X-Men: First Class: best reviewed movie of the summer?

Well, not quite, but almost.

MRQE (The Movie Review Query Engine) is one of my go to sources for movie information.

I don’t like spoilers, which means I’ll skip articles about movies I want to see (or carefully skip sections of them) until I’ve seen them.

However, I will check MRQE’s aggregate critics’ rating, particularly if it’s a movie about which I’m not passionate.

Just getting an aggregate number doesn’t tell me anything about the plot or the good parts. 🙂

Yes, it might prejudice me a bit, but it does make me feel more secure when my Significant Other and I are looking for a movie to see.

I have to say, even though I’d seen some positive mentions of the X-Men prequel, I was surprised to see that it got an average critic’s rating of 76.

That’s really good: it’s tied with The Tree of Life for second of the summer movies so far, and only trails Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris by three points.

Really?

A prequel/reboot to the X-Men movies, beloved (or at least well-liked) by critics?

That 76 rating ties it with X2 for the best reviewed X-Men movie so far:

Title MRQE
X-Men: The First Class 76
X-2 76
X-Men: The Last Stand 63
X-Men 61
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 54

Let’s take a look at the summer movies by best-reviewed:

Title MRQE Dogro
Midnight in Paris 79 3.46
The Tree of Life 76
X-Men: First Class 76
Kung Fu Panda 74 66.7
Submarine 72
Thor 69 162
Bridesmaids 69 89.3
The Beaver 62 0.6
Hobo w/a Shotgun 57 0.6
Jumping the Broom 55 34.7
Pirates 51 164
Hangover Part II 48 135
Something Borrowed 41 35.2
Priest 40 23.8

I sort of expected an inverse relationship between critics’ reviews and box office…that the biggest box office movies would have the worst reviews. That’s because, you know, it makes you look smarter if you pretend that the average person doesn’t understand things as well as you do.😉

Certainly, being well-reviewed doesn’t guarantee box office…but it doesn’t sink it, either. Thor is the sixth-best reviewed (69) and the second biggest box office (162m dogro…domestic gross) of the summer.

Fast Five, by the way, released in April, has a 64 rating and dogro of 186.2m.

Here are those same movies by biggest dogro so far:

Title MRQE Dogro
Pirates 51 164
Thor 69 162
Hangover Part II 48 135
Bridesmaids 69 89.3
Kung Fu Panda 74 66.7
Something Borrowed 41 35.2
Jumping the Broom 55 34.7
Priest 40 23.8
Midnight in Paris 79 3.46
The Beaver 62 0.6
Hobo w/a Shotgun 57 0.6
The Tree of Life 76
X-Men: First Class 76
Submarine 72

Just for fun, I combined the numbers:

Title MRQE Dogro Combined
Thor 69 162 231
Pirates 51 164 215
Hangover Part II 48 135 183
Bridesmaids 69 89.3 158.3
Kung Fu Panda 74 66.7 140.7
Jumping the Broom 55 34.7 89.7
Midnight in Paris 79 3.46 82.46
Something Borrowed 41 35.2 76.2
The Tree of Life 76 76
X-Men: First Class 76 76
Submarine 72 72
Priest 40 23.8 63.8
The Beaver 62 0.6 62.6
Hobo w/a Shotgun 57 0.6 57.6

These numbers will obviously change when X-Men: First class has dogro reported (by Monday or so).

Here’s another interesting one…for those of you who think box office means lower quality (I’m not amongst your ranks, by the way).

Title MRQE Dogro Diff
Midnight in Paris 79 3.46 -75.54
The Beaver 62 0.6 -61.4
Hobo w/a Shotgun 57 0.6 -56.4
Jumping the Broom 55 34.7 -20.3
Priest 40 23.8 -16.2
Kung Fu Panda 74 66.7 -7.3
Something Borrowed 41 35.2 -5.8
Bridesmaids 69 89.3 20.3
Hangover Part II 48 135 87
Thor 69 162 93
Pirates 51 164 113

I took out the movies with no box office reported yet.

I subtracted the MRQE rating from the dogro.

There, feel better, movie elitists?😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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