Critics scores take center stage in Movie Finder by Metacritic

Mar 14, 2011
Entertainment

Nobody likes to spend a fortune on tickets and concessions only to see a bad movie. Movie Finder by Metacritic, the movie review aggregator from CBS Interactive, doesn’t want that for you, either. Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, users of the Movie Finder by Metacritic app can quickly skim titles and see a score, […]

Nobody likes to spend a fortune on tickets and concessions only to see a bad movie. Movie Finder by Metacritic, the movie review aggregator from CBS Interactive, doesn’t want that for you, either. Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, users of the Movie Finder by Metacritic app can quickly skim titles and see a score, comprised of weighted average of critical opinion, to determine what’s worth seeing in a theater or what one should seek from Netflix.

Anytime a movie is displayed in Movie Finder, whether in a generic list or in a theaters’ roster of current films, the current Metascore is largely displayed at the beginning of each title. Color-coded, based on the score — green denotes favorable reviews, yellow means mixed reviews, and red notes unfavorable opinion — the size and position of the rating score makes scrolling through a list of celluloid a painless task. Want to purposefully see a bad movie? Well, it’s your money, but Movie Finder will show you the way to cinematic garbage, too. Individual movie pages offer info on users’ scores, cast and synopsis details and show times that can be shared with a friend. Users can also access the Metascore breakdown and read critics’ reviews through the in-line browser. Individuals are encouraged to rate movies, too, but an account is required to participate in this feature.

The map function uses your location to display nearby theaters that can be added to a favorites list for quick reference. You can see upcoming movie times for about two weeks out, and, if you’re standing in front of a theater, you can use the app’s augmented reality feature to grab show times. Tap Marquee (If the Marquee icon doesn’t show up for you — this happened to me on iPhone 4 — delete and reinstall the app.) and hold up your phone in front of the theater to see a list of what’s playing.

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Movie Finder by Metacritic is a fine app for keeping up with reviews and ratings of movies in the theater, but users should know that the app might be unable to find older titles in its database.

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Kathryn Swartz

Kathryn Swartz is a freelance writer/editor who doesn't know how people lived pre iPhone. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism.

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