Ability to hide or downvote reviews
I'm finding more and more that the top reviews for a film aren't to my taste; not for the score but how they're written - a critically reviled film seems to start an arms race on who can be the wittiest in one sentence or who can be the most over the top excited about a good film rather than go into any reason why (see the top 2 reviews for Django Unchained, as a quick example)
I know that everyone uses the site in different ways and has alternative tastes to mine but I think several of the top reviews undersell the site and sometimes put me off reading more of them. Would it be possible to hide reviews or downvote (although I can understand the concerns of bringing negativity to the site) Or maybe just list Friends reviews above popular reviews as the default view for a film?
Was looking for this, it's 2020 now and LB suffers from the same problems: a lot of the most popular "reviews" are made by the same three or four users that most of the time write something akin to a Twitter post that says little to nothing about the actual movie, and because of that, more substantial reviews that actually have something to say rarely appear.
This should be done because well-worded and thought-provoking reviews are shunned aside from these "reviews". Take these film classics:
Brat Pitt's "review" of Psycho
"the biggest twist of this filmè is that norman bates is pretty hot"
Katie's "review" of Blade Runner
"not to be THAT BITCH or anything but Harrison Ford can slurp me like he slurps those noodles any day of the week"
truman segal's "review" of 2001: A Space Odyssey
"only saw this in theaters so that when pretentious people talk about it i can yawn"
Hannah's "review" of The Godfather
"haha they made that scene from zootopia into a movie"
Adrian Balboa's review of Easy Rider
"men are boring and so is this movie"
Ben B. commented
Yes, ranking by popularity is problematic because it tends to put every user who has a small following at the top of every page. It really doesn't suggest any wider appreciation outside of this group however. If downvotes were allowed a lot of these people would be downvoted into oblivion. This would make it easier for other voices to be heard leading to a wider variety of opinion on the site.
Most of the reviews around here piss me off. There should be an option to hide reviews from everyone but the people you follow
i posted this idea myself a while back. i think a forum is probably needed... those reviews are just people wanting to start conversations.. let them do it in a proper place... but keep the review section for actual reviews