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Death Wish cognitive dissonance.

I have for a while now noticed that for certain movies, the critics really loved it while the audience hated it, or vice versa. This happens for TV shows as well. Most critics panned "The Orville" but it got great ratings from actual viewers.

It's come to my attention a similar phenomenon has occurred with respect to the "Death Wish" remake which came out a couple of months ago. The Rotten Tomatoes scores are only 13% fresh from critics, but 86% fresh from audience reviews. What gives?

The NYTimes reviewer called it "an imbecilic misfire." The Variety review says "It's a first-person shooter fantasy." Vulture says "It's practically an NRA promo."

...Yet it's generated an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Definitely some cognitive dissonance going on.

I have a sneaking suspicion the gun-control crowd should take this as the canary in the coal mine. Pushing for some sort of gun ban could blow up in their faces.

Just sayin'...


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