We got into a discussion yesterday because of the success that the film has had in Melbourne (where it was in the top ten audience choices of the festival), Raindance (where one reviewer made it her 2nd best film of the festival) and Solihull, which gave it 89% approval rating – yet on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), the movie scores 6/10.
When you take a closer look at the stats, you see that it is some two young men and a weird weighting system that can twist and distort these figures, but when so much business gets done on the wisdom of the crowds (especially when funding new projects), it is a really frustrating representation that seems to discount all the positives. Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure loads of the people who gave it 10 were connected to the project and were bias, and it is good to avoid vote stuffing. But to have an arithmetic mean of 8.5 and a weighted average of 6 is quite sizable! Take a look at the stats and come to your own conclusions….