Reviews Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Reviews Quotes from famous persons: Eleanor Catton, Lou Ferrigno, Diane Ladd, Naseeruddin Shah, Ian Mcewan. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Reviews Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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I’ve had countless reviews sort that have made me cry. It’s funny, it doesn’t ever get better either; you can’t turn your ears off.
I did a movie ‘I Love You, Man’ and it got great reviews; it was very enjoyable.
I always had a trunk full of good reviews. I’d get magnificent reviews, and I’d be standing out on the unemployment line!
I don’t take reviews seriously. I don’t even read them. Who is this person blasting forth his opinion? What’s his worth, and how different is he from any man on the street?
I often don’t read reviews.
I haven‘t heard a single negative thing. Everyone has glowing reviews. A lot of people have told me, ‘If you can play for the Dodgers, you should. First class.’
I don’t spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews.
Reno 911: Miami!’ is a terrible, terrible title, and all the reviews – good and mostly bad – nobody pointed out how stupid a title that was. But you can hardly come up with a sentence that’s more awkward.
I think that not being all that overwhelmed by good reviews is a luxury. I’m like a rich person who says he doesn’t care about money.
I don’t read reviews.
Usually, when you’re putting out a record, you have reviews from people a week before, and you have a vibe ’cause everyone‘s heard it – you’ve heard feedback from everyone, and they’ve listened to your single for a couple of months. Radio’s playing it.
I have sort of weaned myself off of reading my own reviews, which is a constant struggle.
I always separate myself from reviews, but tweets and Instagram comments, they go directly to my phone. It’s hard to keep up.
In my memoir, I admit that I’ve been as fearful of success as of failure. In fact, when ‘Passages‘ was published, I so dreaded bad reviews that I ran away to Italy with a girlfriend and our children to hide out.
With all of my films if I get one bad review and a bunch of good reviews the bad one is the only one that will stay with me, which really sucks!
Peter Farrelly
I don’t read good reviews. I like to know what percentages are going on. When Sony sends out something saying that people are liking the movie, I like to know that, but I don’t actually sit and read the good stuff.
Evan Goldberg
I like reading reviews. If they’re clearly hating on you, I try not to read that deeply. But if they really are trying to understand, it’s interesting.
I’m a film buff and I was keen to find out about the response to Daniel Craig‘s 007. ‘Empire‘ and ‘Hot Dog‘ had great reviews, and finally he’s been accepted as the new Bond. So many millions go into that franchise that if you make a mistake, it’s awful.
Burn Gorman
As a producer, the most important call you can get is on Saturday morning, when the Friday-night grosses come in. As a director, you want your film to be successful. But your outlook is a bit different. You become very conscious of the reviews.
I started my own magazine with drawings, commentary, news, film reviews and drawings.
I am humbled at the fact that I always get great support and reviews from my critics, but it’s the film that requires to be good enough for it to work.
In 2015, I was at a high point in my career: Superstore,’ the sitcom I star in as Dina, premiered on NBC and was getting rave reviews. But at the same time, my health hit rock bottom.
With a hardcover, you get two chances, a year apart, for the book to make an impact – often with a new cover featuring artfully crafted snippets of reviews, a new marketing campaign and maybe even a new publisher.
Personally, I read reviews because I’m interested by them, but they don’t have utility for me.
I don’t read any reviews, so I’m oblivious to what they have to say. I’m completely unaware. It’s fantastic.
I’m not one of those people who says, ‘I never read reviews,’ because I don’t believe those people.
Every year I tell myself that I’m not going to read any reviews and then I do. We’re all human and when I read something negative it hurts. I think when you write it’s part of the game, you’re going to get some good reviews and some bad reviews and that’s how it goes. I don’t write for the reviews.
The market for religious apps is fiercely competitive; searching for ‘bible‘ in the Apple App Store returns 5,185 results. But among all the choices, YouVersion‘s Bible, funded by of Edmond, Oklahoma, seems to be the chosen one, ranking at the top of the list and boasting more than 641,000 reviews.
I have an RSS reader, Feeddler. I mostly subscribe to board game blogs – they have reviews of new games and discussions about trends. It’s straight-up dork talk.
I can’t see how I’d learn to be a better actor from reading reviews.
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
I don’t usually read reviews.
We have gotten some terrible reviews at times but if we depended on the judgment of the studios or critics, we never would have made more than one movie.
Ismail Merchant
Tales of cheating on school and college tests are rife. There have been instances where teachers have given students test answers in order to make themselves look good on their performance reviews. Mentors who should be teaching the opposite are sending a message that lying and cheating are acceptable.
I have turned off Google Alerts and don’t Google my name or my pen names. I don’t go on message boards. I don’t read my book reviews.
You want reviews to come the week the movie’s opening and not a month before when they do you absolutely no good.
I don’t read reviews, because if you believe the good ones, you have to believe the bad.
I’ve seen many shows ruined by bad reviews and good reviews, so I always tell my actors not to read the reviews until after the run is over.
I made the decision to take on board the critical feedback. Reviews are something you can easily ignore as a performer or writer but I chose to not ignore them here and I think that I benefited. I think I’m stronger for it – and I have a tougher skin as a result.
I don’t read young adult or children’s books, now that my grandchildren are beyond the age of my reading to them. I read reviews, and so I’m aware of what’s out there. But I tend not to read the books.
Reviews are written by people who don’t understand the process of sitcom. I don’t read reviews of anything. I go by word of mouth.
I try not to read all reviews, but its just that after a point there is nothing much that you can do about it. You can learn and take forward things and use it in your next film. As long as reviews translate into bums on the seat, I think there isn’t much I can do.
I’m not reading reviews and critics. I don’t care. I guess I’m still a little on my own planet.
There was supposedly no point showing ‘Nightbreed’ to critics because the people who see these movies don’t read reviews, in brackets, even if they can read at all! Immediately it was disqualified from serious criticism. Therefore, it had to be sold to the lowest common denominator.
We set up a beta site, a test site, with movie, music and book reviews. If you’re reading them and you want to buy a book or a ticket for a movie that’s reviewed on the site, you can do that without leaving our site.
I actually hate lyrics, and I hate it when they’re quoted in reviews. I don’t think they matter that much; it’s the sounds of words – not the words – that I look for.
I make a point of not reading reviews because of the old adage, if you read the good ones then you have to read the bad ones, and if you read the bad ones, you have to, you know… And also because it’s a very, very bewildering and exposing thing.
I had been with the label since I was 21. The label wanted shiny pop but I didn’t. I found a little independent and we’ve got all these great reviews in England and now it has gone gold.
Reviews condition people. At the end of the day, a lot of human minds are malleable. They can be easily shaped with strong words.
Since I got into the movies, ‘Running Scared,’ that did $40 million. ‘Princess Bride,’ I got good reviews for the character Miracle Max. ‘Memories of Me’ didn’t do well. ‘Throw Mama from the Train’ did $70 million. ‘Harry and Sally‘ did 95 or 96. ‘City Slickers’ did $120 million.
Reading ‘The New Yorker‘ – I start on the last page and go backwards, reading all the cartoons. Then I read ‘Shouts and Murmurs.’ Then I read the reviews. Then I read the articles that immediately appeal to me.
You can’t listen to what people who aren’t musical have to say. When Anytime was released, I had bad reviews, and at first I was hurt. Your songs are like your children. You don’t want to hear, ‘Your kid is ugly.’ But I knew the record was good and it would sell.
There’s two kinds of press that you get when you put out a TV show: The reviews, and the people that just decide what the reviews say.
Traditional performance reviews have passed their sell-by date. Big time. There’s research showing that roughly two-thirds of performance appraisals have either no effect – or a negative effect! – on employee performance.
At Knopf, we look at each book on a case-by-case basis… in some cases, we think a writer might get a boost from an endorsement by a fellow writer, but in other cases, a new book will be better served by other means, such as publicity and reviews.
What surprised me most about fame is how unpleasant it can be. I used to think it was going to be so fun. I got excited about the parties. You don’t anticipate friends being jealous of you and critics giving your music bad reviews. Media and rumors – that stuff hurts.
The cliche was always that ‘everybody‘s a critic,’ but it becomes truer every day. Long before reviews appear in the traditional outlets, you can now usually discoversomewhere in the thickets of the Internetreactions to shows from people who’ve seen them in previews.
Ben Brantley
I am not very relaxed about bad reviews. But I am resilient. I grieve, curse and swear, put on loud music, and get on with the next job.
To be honest with you, when I got into this I never thought about reviews. I never thought about what people would say about me. I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.
When I was in Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Playing With Trains,’ someone wrote that I was ‘moon-faced’. That taught me not to read my reviews.
I get the ‘Guardiandelivered every day and read it very quickly. I like it for both the TV and theatre reviews and because it’s very accessible. At the weekend, I get the ‘Observer‘ because I love the food supplement, Observer Food Monthly, and the style section. And I can’t resist the News of the World.
In my experience, adults rarely bother reading the reviews of children’s books and almost never read the books themselves – particularly if they don’t have children.
Prior to ‘The Goldbergs,’ I rarely got good reviews on anything I’ve done.
I didn’t read reviews earlier in my career, but I read them now as I’m older. I read them all.
I never read my reviews… not even the good ones. Barbra Streisand once told me, if just one person in the audience doesn’t applaud, it bothers her. I’m the same way. I’d be devastated to read that someone didn’t like my work.
What I want veterans to know is that VA is here to care for them. VA is a good systemhealth care wise, safety wise – highly comparable to any other system out there. Our oversight reviews tell us that. I’m very comfortable in the quality of our system.
Eric Shinseki
To my undying shame, I do read reviews. I don’t read them all, but I like to get some kind of idea how things are going.
I don’t even read positive reviews unless they are absolutely certified by eight different people to not contain one thing that could upset me.
I give tremendous weight to my positive reviews and none whatsoever to my negative ones.
I grew up in New York, so I had a lot of access to all kinds of movies, and I would handwrite reviews of them on loose-leaf paper.
At the end of the day, I would love for the artists that I give positive reviews to to continue coming out with music. That’s ultimately what I want as a fan.
I don’t expect anything from reviews. Sometimes I am bemused by them.
I made a record in 1996 called ‘Animal Rights‘ that was a very difficult, very dark punk-rock record. Of all the records I’ve made, it’s my favorite one. It’s also the one that got the worst reviews and sold the worst.
The film’s success so far involves winning a couple of prizes at Cannes and Sundance, and getting some very nice reviews in newspapers and magazines. That hasn’t had a big impact on my life yet.
In the very beginning, Yelp started as a service where we really didn’t think people would write reviews for fun. The whole concept of user-generated content was pretty nascent in 2004.
Reviews are great. I can read negative reviews and say, ‘You know that point they made… they were dead on.’
Kelley Armstrong
Whenever I see good reviews or positive reactions, I feel more certain that Blackpink will be okay pushing forward with the things we’ve been seeking.
I’ve been surprised at how much an unknown like myself can accomplish just by reaching out to people and pleading my case. Quotes for the book cover, reviews and interviews, readings and radio appearances – all this by simply moving ahead and making contact with folks I thought might enjoy the writing.
When you think ‘Peaky Blinders,’ when it first began it got mixed reviews and people didn’t know what to do with it, and it was like: ‘Why is there modern music on this?’ So I think whenever you do something different you’re going to get that response.
When you hire that first person, then you’re a boss. You’ve got performance reviews. You’ve got complaints about not making enough money. You’ve got people who are just going to sell your story to the tabloids.
I think the trouble with artists or chefs who whine about criticism is that if you love the good reviews, you have to at least read the bad ones.
Performers put their heart and soul into their art, and can be subject to highly personal attacks and criticism. The tone and language of reviews, or commentary on social media, can be bruising and severe. Everyone is a critic. All of this adds to the stress and anxiety suffered by people in the performing arts.
I never read reviews of something I want to see.
The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book.
Sometimes I have given my husband a manuscript to read that has turned out to have fantastic rave reviews and he’ll tell me it is no good. Well, if I didn’t know him as well as I know him I would be terribly depressed.
As a filmmaker when you show your film to anybody, you want it to be liked. You want the reviews to be positive. After watching your film, you want people to feel good.
I’ve had some bad reviews, but not as bad as the things I could imagine for myself.
I can understand why we got bad reviews. We went right over people’s heads. One album would follow another and would have nothing to do with what we’d done before. People didn’t know what was going on.
In my experience, great reviews almost always ensure no sales.
I was afraid the other musicians might want to present themselves too much, though I see in the coverage I’ve received of the album that the musicians got wonderful reviews for their contributions and abilities. I think the four musicians played freely within my limits.
I review albums – really positive reviews – I know I’ll never hear again, ’cause I’m just not going to have the time.
I learned early on to stay away from gossip magazines and reviews. That stuff just makes you unhappy, and I know actors that read everything that’s written about them and they’re miserable. You can choose what to let into your life.
Now everyone takes it for granted that you can look up movie reviews, track locations, and order stuff online. I wish there was a way we could take it away from people for a day so they could remember what it was like without it.
I never really think about what people are going to think of the movie afterwards. Or what people are going to call me. I just want to make a great project, and my focus is really all on that. And then I really don’t read reviews. Like, you know, go on comment boards or anything.
Obviously, the hotel is related to my name, so my mom makes sure the staff, the service, the cleaning part of it is 100 out of 100. Not 99, 100 out of 100. We’ve got great reviews because of that. That’s why a lot of people want to stay out our place, because we provide a lot of good services.
I feel reviewers are tougher on comedies in general. They don’t take them seriously, and the ones that get great reviews are not necessarily the ones that I like.
Bobby Farrelly
I’m at the point now where I know I’m doing something right when a movie gets mixed reviews, because then I’m not in the box. I don’t want to make it too easy for people and I don’t want to make it too easy for myself. I want to try something unusual.
It’s hard enough doing something bold without jumping into your bad reviews.
The work is done; it is what it is. You do the work, and you hope people like it, and if they don’t, don’t read it. I don’t read reviews. I don’t have social media, so I’ll stay away from that; it’s easy.
When I joined films in 2002, there were all kinds of rash and unkind comments that were made about my looks in the reviews.
I don’t read reviews or interviews or anything, just because I’m afraid; If I believed the good, then I’d believe the bad, and there will be bad.
I was seeing a lot of really good things about Get Shorty when it came out, and my wife pointed out that if you validate the good reviews, you also have to validate the bad reviews.
Barry Sonnenfeld
The power of the print reviewer is one of those urban myths. There have always been shows that slipped under the critical radar to become popular successes: ‘Tobacco Road’, ‘Abie’s Irish Rose’ and our old friendSpider-Man’, which got the worst reviews in theatre history and is still apparently going strong.
Ben Brantley
Audiences don’t come to theatres going by reviews. Even if a film is rated low, the collections won’t get affected.
Nobody mentioned this in any of the reviews, but the reason we came up with that plot for ‘Reno 911: Miami’ is because we thought it was just the stupidest title for a movie that we could think of.
We compare everything with what is being done in the West. Even the film reviews are written like that. It is sad because we are trying to belittle ourselves.
I’m not used to getting good reviews.
At one level, an award is an endorsement, a confirmation, but I always find myself looking askance at awards and good reviews, as though another Garry Disher had earned them.
Garry Disher
I’ve learned not to look at reviews. Early on, I did. I was always curious.
I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe, so I like to give science books.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
I’m not one to get bad reviews.
I don’t go online, I don’t read reviews, I try not to look at anything on the Internet.
I am nervous about how my debut novel will be received, because there’s always that feeling that somebody might say something negative. I say I won’t read the reviews, but I probably will. But just because somebody says something negative, I don’t have to believe it.
I’ve been arrested several times. I’ve been known to dress in ludicrous fashions. I’ve also built a career out of negative reviews.
I don’t read reviews.
Richard Bausch
Of course, Hollywood is still making some excellent pictures which reflect the great artistry that made Hollywood famous throughout the world, but these films are exceptions, judging from box office returns and press reviews.
Pola Negri
I wish I didn’t have to validate myself by reading reviews.
I have not given much credence to reviews of my films. Sometimes they’re wrong, but it didn’t matter to me.
Irvin Kershner
I’ve adjusted to this, that my books are not going to get unanimously good reviews.
I made a Christmas album a couple of years ago and just put it out on my Web site. It kind of smacked of this flavor. All of the reviews said it was Western swing even when it was Christmas standards.
Suzy Bogguss
I don’t read reviews, good or bad, just for my own sanity.
Max Winkler
Everybody says before reviews come out, ‘Oh, reviews don’t matter,’ just in case they’re bad; everyone want to brace themselves.
When The Stone Roses first came out, the early reviews called me ‘simian.’ I had to look that up at the time.
The news today that Bush has vowed to veto any legislation that reviews the security implications of the Dubai Port World’s potential management of our ports is ludicrous and the entire Democratic Party is calling him to task for it.
I don’t read my reviews, but I have a bunch of them and I will when I’m 80.
All our old record reviews were like, ‘Oh, these skate punk kids, blah, blah, blah.’ And I don’t skate, and we’re not skate punks.
I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones – like most writers.
I’ve done both theatre and film and the fact is if you start believing, if you start reading things and they’re good reviews – you believe that and you’re lost, and then you read bad reviews and you think that’s true and you read that and you’re lost.
Jenny Agutter
I’ve had movies bomb with terrible reviews, I’ve had movies make a lot of money with terrible reviews, I’ve had movies get good reviews and make money. And I like it best when the movies do well and the reviewers like them.
In my career as a writer, I preferred to avoid current events: I wrote young adult novels and book reviews and lifestyle journalism about health and parenting and other such evergreens.
I work really hard at these books, and when colleagues write nasty reviews of them, I take it very personally.
I was in my last year in high school when I began to think of becoming a dancer. I had never seen a Broadway show; we never even read the theatrical reviews.
Paula Kelly
I don’t read reviews because by then it’s too latewhatever anyone says, the book won’t change. It is written.
I already don’t read reviews, I don’t seek them out. Sometimes my family will tell me if there’s a nice one.
Even reading my first bad review was an awesome experience. It was cool because you make something and not everybody’s going to like it. I felt like that kind of grew me up a little bit into a professional. I was a student filmmaker, and no one writes reviews about student films.
Winning in Berlinale, in Hong Kong, and then to get such an amazing response, reviews, and now to be India‘s official entry for Oscars… My mother is right up there and keeping a check on me. Her blessings are always going to be with me, I know.
I always used to want everyone to like me, because it used to hurt so much when people made snidey comments or gave me bad reviews, but I’ve learnt to deal with it.
Writing is exhilarating, but reading reviews is not. I’ve been really devastated by ‘good’ reviews because they misunderstand the project of the book. It can be strangely galvanising to get a ‘bad’ one.
All over the web there are some very good critics and it’s become for people who are interested. It’s become a very good way to get to reviews and involve yourself in discussions.
I’m a very proud mother as Sanah has been getting lots of rave reviews. She has done good work and shown herself as a promising actress.
When I made my first film, ‘Shopping,’ the reviews were incredibly snooty. They said things like, ‘Jude Law is too pretty for the role,’ and that’s why I don’t respect the British press. That kind of small-minded thing doesn’t consider what people like.
The stories of wine lords who trade wine on intimidation or food critics who trade free meals for reviews… those are the stories of my life. I am telling the stories of my life in a true way.
I started freelancing, writing op-eds and book reviews, one at a time. I then got the opportunity to write recurring freelance pieces for ‘The Nation’ magazine, focusing on how the Internet was changing politics.
I see the author as the person who has written; the writer, the one involved in the process of writing. And they’re not necessarily friends. The writer is the one I want to reinforce; the author would just feed on the reviews – so I’m in favour of starving him.
Edward St Aubyn
They’re called ‘angels‘ because they’re in heaven until the reviews come out.
Generally speaking, I think one has to take reviews with a grain of salt, unless you know who the person is and what their qualifications are.
I try my hardest not to read reviews.
My dad thought I’d end up in the poorhouse or in doughnut shops with a bag full of reviews.
Henry Czerny
I have connected by phone with customers who have left negative reviews and had a chance to get to know them. Not only was I able to solve their problems, a lot of the customers were so happy with the customer service that they become repeat customers.
Chris Gronkowski
When it comes to life and love, why do we believe our worst reviews?
I really do hope that the people will like 14:59. The critics seem to like it. We got a lot of good reviews.
Mark McGrath
I’m really proud of ‘Cars.’ ‘Cars,’ when it first came out, got probably the most mediocre reviews of a Pixar film.
I cannot stop gushing over the reviews that ‘The Dirty Picture’ has garnered. I’m glad that people are loving it.
My policy is to not read any reviews.
I love Walter Mosley and Robert Parker crime novels. And I read a lot of music reviews.
Most books reviews aren’t very well-written. They tend to be more about the reviewer than the book.
The fact is that you’re never gonna believe any of the reviews, because the movie is to you what it is to you. No one’s ever gonna sway you from what you feel about it.
For too long, the system has been biased in favor of oil and gas developers: sweetheart lease deals, generous subsidies and a regulatory process so slanted in favor of Big Oil that often permit reviews are simply waived.
When I started acting, I used to read all the reviews.
I used to be one of the lead actors of a theatre group called Hetu when I was in medical school. Prithvi Theatre was our stomping ground. I’d got many positive reviews.
When you do comedy, you get impervious to good and bad reviews.
I don’t read reviews because if they’re bad I’m devastated and if they’re good I get a big head.
I’m used to bad reviews.
I have learned not to read reviews. Period. And I hate reviewers. All of them, or at least all but two or three. Life is much simpler ignoring reviews and the nasty people who write them. Critics should find meaningful work.
Young bands are so angry. There are young bands that are so incredibly successful, getting incredible reviews, and they are totally angry.
That’s the miracle of Amazon! It’s like Internet dating. In the early days, you could get slimed as an author on Amazon by someone bearing a grudge, or jealous, or whatever. And because there were so few reviews posted, this stank.
There will be four ancillary shows on the MyMusic channel, and we’ll be updating an entire blog with up-to-the-minute music news. You can visit it like BuzzFeed or Pitchfork and get album reviews. It’s all as part of the sitcom experience, written by the characters.
I worked at ‘Mademoiselle,’ and then it shut, and I worked at ‘GQ’ for three years, during which I was freelancing. I wrote for ‘Vibe.’ I did music reviews. I wrote for ‘Time Out.’ I was desperate to get into ‘Entertainment Weekly’ or ‘New York Magazine.’ Like, desperate.
I think especially in academia, we are coached to go the route of paying to submit our writing to small publications, like the presses and the quarterly reviews and all of these that are consideredprestigious.’ As a writer in a college program, that’s the route that you’re taught to go.
I found out about reviews early on. They’re mostly written by sad men on bad afternoons. That’s probably why I’m less angry than some writers, who are so narcissistic they consider every line of every review, even a thoughtful one, as major treason.
I’m probably my own harshest critic. If I get a hundred good reviews and one really bad one, it’s that one out of a hundred that I remember. I think we actors are hard on ourselves, and I don’t know why that is.
The whole purpose of annual reviews is to keep you abreast of whether or not you are fulfilling the requirements of tenure.
I try to read everything that I can about myself because Saddam Hussein didn’t read his reviews and he thought he was winning!
I find that there are few reviews that extol women as wonderful artists.
Estelle Parsons
When we talk about reviews, what we are really talking about is just a market report – it’s like reading about the new Lexus. You have to know what the guy writing the review cares about to understand his take. Does he like sports cars, or does he like Bentleys?
Anybody could put their thoughts on a record out there. I think the world of reviews and opinions is now very much a meritocracy.
It’s weird being an author because it’s different than writing songs. You put so much more of yourself out there to be judged because it’s a memoir. So when the reviews come in, they all feel really personal. Some people are just going to hate you no matter what. Personally, I never believe good reviews.
I don’t have a whole bunch of literary connections. I don’t write reviews or attend writer’s conferences. I’m kind of shy and don’t want to go to a party. I just want to stay home and read my murder mysteries and try to write and cook dinner.
Susanna Kaysen
I love reviews. Anybody who tells you they don’t read reviews is a liar.
From the late ’70s to the early ’90s, I wrote anything anybody would pay me for. This ranged from articles on how to clean a longhorn cow‘s skull for living-room decoration to manuals on elementary math instruction on the Apple II… to a slew of software reviews and application articles done for the computer press.
I’m the world’s worst at reading reviews and then pretending I’ve read the book.
I don’t read reviews until after I’m done with a production, but when I do finally get to them, I’m always sort of floored by what the bad ones say.
Will Chase
It’s a different era. I understand what Charles Barkley was saying but you just can’t take guys out. There’s too much scrutiny. There’s too many replays and reviews, and cameras everywhere.
I grew up in a working-class Catholic family in south Louisiana. I went to a state university. I taught literature, wrote a novel that was the novel I wanted to write, and got a couple of good reviews but no real traction. I had no idea how to get a job in TV.
Because I don’t give the studios advanced quotes or an advanced look at my reviews. I think the readers deserve to read my reviews before the studios do.
The critics gave me bad reviews on every movie I made.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Generally, I get bad reviews in Turkey.
I’m not one of those writers who insist they don’t read reviews and don’t care much about them. I do read them, and I do care about them, and they’re not always what you want them to be in an ideal world.
You know, since the reviews have come out and people have reacted to it, I’ve realized that is in a sense what has happened. But as I was writing them, I didn’t feel a part of any tradition. I think that would have been too overwhelming, in a sense.
It’s funny, because ‘1600 Penn’ was the first time I really started to read the reviews, because I am an executive producer and I wanted to see what people were enjoying and not enjoying as a means to an end, right?
I read about two reviews early on when my first record came out, and it just freaked me out, good and bad, so I’ve never really kept up with that side of it.
You see, I read reviews of people like Paul Simon, and they don’t talk about the fact that he’s looking old or whether he is fashionable; they talk about the music, which is how it should be.
Reviews about film acting are very… tricky, because movies are such a collaborative thing.
I’ve sold a lot of records. I’ve sold, like, 150 million records, and I don’t think I’ve had that many good reviews. It’s one of those things that when you’re really successful, critics hate you just because you’re successful.
I’m still spending my working life trying to mine people’s souls and now they’re complimenting me in reviews on the amount of time I spend in the gym. On the definition of my triceps.
The truth is, as much as I loved writing restaurant reviews, it always felt very self-indulgent to me. It was so much fun, I loved doing it, but there’s so much else to say about food.
I do wish that reviews were less like book reports. There was an era when reviewers had something to say about a book: when they painted context and drew conclusions. Many reviews these days are little more than plot summary.
The vast majority of writers out there, they finish their books, and no one cares whether their book is late or ever comes out at all. And then it comes out, and two reviews are published, and it sells 12 copies.
I love my job, and I love books. I read anything, including cereal boxes. I care deeply about what people think of my books, and I memorize my reviews. I love to hear from my readers.
Lisa Scottoline
I love to see the rarest movies, the most talked-about movies and documentaries. I read all the reviews and compare them to see if it’s worth going! I have a secret movie critic blog I have shown no one or promoted, and I intend to keep it that way.
I believe that music is about making quality things, making quality art, and no matter who you decide to work with, you and that person have to come up with something special, come up with something that is excellent material, so whoever hears it and reviews it will like it.
All writers are the same – they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.
There are some books that get huge numbers of positive reviews, but reading them satiates people. They say, ‘I’ve read enough now’.
Every weekend from, like, 1974 to 1978, I’d trudge over to the Greenwich library, which gathered up almost every major newspaper in the country. I would sit there all day long and read and read and read the reviews. I remember being twelve or thirteen and writing to Judith Crist, Pauline Kael, and Roger Ebert.
Combined families often get bad reviews, but the family my children got when they traded away ‘the suffocating four-person’ nuclear one is one that has benefited all of them.
People keep saying, ‘Oh, you’re getting all these great reviews, that must make you really happy.’ I guess it does, but mostly it’s just a relief.
If I like a book, I tend to read the author’s entire collection. But I choose mainly through personal recommendations, general word of mouth and book reviews.
I don’t want to become too self-conscious – it’s why I never read reviews, even the good ones.
I never read reviews. I’m not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators.
I guess what’s most surprised me in most of the reviews is that they don’t seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence, so they analyze it like a straight noir movie.
I’m afraid I don’t look at reviews or anything like that, but you get an immediate sense from the audience that they’ve had a lovely evening.
Harry Hadden-Paton
My early reviews were so bad that I decided I didn’t want to read them again.
It’s a very strange thing to suddenly be approached in the street and have streams of messages, and not know how to work through getting bad reviews and hate comments. It’s something that can really weigh on the mind and be quite isolating.
I collect all the reviews of the films I turned down. And when they’re bad – I have to smile.
Simone Signoret
I’m a very reluctant frontman. I’ve seen reviews where they talk about my strong presence on stage, but it’s nothing I do. It’s like the person in a long grocery line who stands out because he’s so agitated. He’ll have presence, too.
If I had my way, I wouldn’t do annual reviews, if I felt that everybody would be more honest about positive and negative feedback along the way. I think the annual review process is so antiquated.
I’ve read quite a few readers’ reviews of my book on Amazon, saying, ‘Ah, he criticises the free market, he advocates central planning.’ I don’t do that for a minute! But this is our black and white, dichotomous way of thinking – which has really been harmful.
Somehow, the whole idea of me writing art reviews was just too much of a complicated thought, but I liked art, and later on I just realized that it would be perhaps a pleasure, and so I decided to do it for ‘Art in America’ – a lot.
I don’t do shows. I don’t have reviews. I’m not putting the clothes on every celebrity so that by the time they reach the store the customers are sick of seeing them.
I don’t want to lie to my subscribers, so I’m really honest about my reviews and stuff.
I did some film reviews for small papers in Finland and things like that to be able to keep living here.
The ‘New York Times‘ reviews of my work have been evenly divided – favourable and unfavourable.
In so many reviews that I’m reading of ‘The Florida Project,’ everyone is assuming it’s my second film.
When we talk about novels, we don’t often talk about imagination. Why not? Does it seem too first grade? In reviews, you read about limpid prose, about the faithful reproduction of consciousness, about moral heft, but rarely about the power of pure, unadulterated imagination.
I don’t read reviews, and I try not to read articles about me. It taints your outlook: if you believe the good things, you’ve got to believe the bad things, too.
As authors, we all expect criticism from time to time, and we all have our ways of coping with unfriendly reviews.
I do this for the sake of myself. It’s a selfish process. I don’t really have any expectations from anyone for your comments or your reviews or your previews.
I don’t take reviews very seriously, but in their totality I think they are representative of how the audience feels, and of what their reaction is. There’s always one guy who doesn’t get it.
My resume showed membership on both the Harvard and Columbia Law Reviews, a credit impressive abroad where it was not generally known that Law Reviews were student-operated publications.
The worse the reviews, the better for our demographic.
For whatever reason, luck and word of mouth – my comedy career couldn’t have started better. I went to Edinburgh, selling out this 300-seater just because I got the right place, right time, right venue, right buzz, right reviews early on.
You get terribly depressed if they’re bad for you and if they’re good then you start playing your reviews, emphasizing those things that the reviewer likes.
Rosemary Harris
If there’s a good review, I’ll skip over the headline, but I always find the bad reviews and read those. I don’t know why. It’s a little sick and demented.
My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word.
I’m thinking of sending out censorship packets: information to share with those who want to defend my books when they come under fire. I’ll tell why I wrote them and include reviews and letters of support from children and their parents.
In one respect, it’s easier to open a restaurant in New York because you get more media attention than anywhere else. Almost everyone will try a new place once, irrespective of the reviews, because it’s a spectator sport.
I’m showbiz-fat. It’s so funny, in all the reviews that I read, no one wants to use the word ‘fat’ as an adjective. So I have to deal with ‘dimpled-kneed,’ ‘hefty,’ ‘plus-sized,’ the most obscure words you can imagine.
People always say that you shouldn’t read reviews at all, or if you do then believe both the good and the bad ones. I just choose to believe the ones that think I’m brilliant. The ones that don’t, well, I just don’t bother with them.
Musical theatre history is littered with bad reviews for now classic pieces.
How nice it would be to breeze through life and just brush things off. I never read reviews because I hate to lose more than I like to win; I experience negative emotions far greater than positive ones.
Having your book edited is like watching your cat being operated on. It’s uncomfortable and someone is probably going to get hurt. Most likely the cat. But in the end, things work out for the best and your cat is better it. And then your cat gets released in hardcover, and you have to read all of his reviews.
Jenny Lawson
I don’t read reviews. I refuse to have my ego inflated or deflated by someone I don’t know.
Suzan-Lori Parks
I don’t generally do movies that get good reviews.
Browse Amazon reviews, and you’ll see a surprising number of readers who believe one novel can summarize a country, its culture, and its people.
I let the other reviewers eat the bad meals, so that I didn’t have to, and my wife and I went out only for the good stuff. And I wrote mostly positive reviews. Not only. But mostly. And, ooooh, it felt an awful lot better.
I don’t really read reviews… That’s not where my attention goes.
I don’t read reviews.
‘To Kill a Mockingbirdappeared to highly favorable reviews and quickly climbed to the top of bestseller lists, where it remained for more than eighty weeks. In 1961, the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. A film adaptation was released in 1962, starring Gregory Peck, and received three Academy Awards.
Charles J. Shields
One thing I loved when I was growing up, you maybe saw one review from a magazine like ‘Rolling Stone,’ but now there are 150 reviews before an album even comes out. There are so many opinions out there, but the only one that really matters is your own.
What I do find enormously gratifying is the reviews my books get from the American press. They are so on the ball compared to anywhere else. It’s so satisfying to get a review that conveys the reader understood precisely what I was trying to get at.
Kate Thompson
Since I got a really bad review when I was, like, 28 in ‘The New York Times,’ I don’t read reviews anymore.
It feels so good to be able to be part of an action flick like ‘The Raid’ and to read the rave reviews in a number of film festivals.
Joe Taslim
Why do I do this every Sunday? Even the book reviews seem to be the same as last week’s. Different books same reviews.
John Osborne
We need to discuss what our own standards are for games writing that falls outside of journalism, and support experimental formats and routes of production that may be more tailored to them than the status quo, because the public at large seems to still think that the only games writing that exists are reviews and news.
The bad reviews get to me, believe me.
The idea of going into the property business and collecting rent four times a year and waiting for five-year rent reviews has limited appeal.
Some filmmakers make films to please themselves and a handful of critics, so they get 5-star reviews but their films don’t run at the box office. I make films for the masses.
Of course I wish for all positive reviews and all positive things, but that’s not reality and no one’s perfect.
I can’t stay mad very long. I get grumpy when I read a bad review. I say, ‘How could he say that about my music?’ Then I forget about it. If I got mad every time somebody wrote something negative about me, I’d be exploding all the time. I’d be burned out just from reading reviews.
When ‘Braveheart’ came out it got terrible reviews, it didnt last very long in the cinema and didnt make much money.
Angus Macfadyen
When you think of technology that gets people excited – long lines at stores, enthusiastic reviews in the blogosphere, passionate evangelists – the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t thermostats. Then, along came Nest.
Critics always get the lyrics wrong in reviews, which is amusing – especially when they use them against you.
When a film does well, everyone is usually happy and grateful, but for me, the impression the film leaves upon my mind is created during the process of filming; my memories are not a reflection of critics’ reviews and box office figures.
It may be that Tolstoy and Virginia Woolf were sitting around fretting about their Amazon reviews or their pre-pub whatever, but I kind of doubt it. I don’t think that’s how the work probably got made.
I tend to not only read reviews, but also every little stupid thing online. It’s a very bad idea, and there’s a lot of angry people in the world. And it’s weird to absorb all that weirdness.
I’m shy, and I can hide behind my acting and discover the truth about myself because it’s cathartic in that way. But I tend not to read reviews.
Eamonn Walker
The reviews are getting better, but they always do, in time, if you’re still alive.
It’s really cool to read feedback. I’m trying not to engage too much, though, because I spiral out even if the reviews are, like… positive.
I’ve experienced huge kindness here, a great welcome and some very generous reviews without the snide social edge I often suffer from at home. I’m not patronized here either, which I much appreciate!
Joanna Trollope
The early reviews of Dick Cheney’s memoir have not evaluated the book, but instead have used its publication as an occasion for attacks on Cheney and his record, with general assaults on George W. Bush’s administration thrown in for good measure.
People who’ve read my reviews know my tastes, know how I approach a book, know my background. I can write with believable authority. It doesn’t mean I’m always right.
Gone are the days when a publisher could take out an ad, count on a few reviews, and have an author do a couple of signings. Nowadays, readers want to feel a connection with an author.
John Searles
If I want to know how to do a black cat eye, I don’t drive to a department store. I’ll go on YouTube, cross-check reviews of a product, and then maybe talk about it on Instagram.
The way people receive our music is different and some people may say that our music is not metal. But I feel that those reviews allow us to challenge ourselves and gives us an opportunity to grow even more.
In the case of ‘Goon Squad,’ which sold slowly for a long time despite the good reviews, those ‘best of 2010’ lists were pivotal, and made the book really sell.
When ‘Himmatwala’ didn’t work, the negativity factor attached to the reviews were more pointed towards me. That’s when I realized, that something has gone wrong.
I directedDeath in the Gunj’ which released in 2017. It got very good reviews and a few awards but did not do well at the box-office. But I’m not bothered. I made the film that I wanted to make. It was not a film for everyone.
With feature films, it’s a one-time judgment once your film is premiered. Reviews, box office, and then you move on to the next project. With TV, you are being rated and judged weekly for an eight-month stretch.
I don’t read reviews anymore.
I don’t read reviews, but I do get feedback from my peers and people I know, like other actors and directors and producers.
I don’t pay much attention to the press. My films always get good reviews and bad reviews. I just try to make the best film I can.
My predecessors in this business of acting were fully convinced their work would never be recorded, except in the form of reviews or paintings.
I generally don’t read articles about myself/’Chappelle’s Show,’ nor do I read reviews. It’s basically playing Russian Roulette. They’re not all gonna be positive.