Movie Critics: Stop Spoiling Movies in Your Reviews

Have you ever considered that maybe audiences want to be surprised by what they see when they go to the movies?

This morning, the review embargo for Blade Runner 2049 lifted and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. After a strange embargo pattern that included filtered screenings and movie critics having to sign NDAs before seeing the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel, Warner Brothers lifted the current embargo for well-known publications and big movie blogs to talk about it (though smaller publications and blogs will have to wait until next week to talk about the movie).

But out of all the reviews for Blade Runner 2049 published on various sites this morning, the most noticeable one came from Variety (which we will absolutely not link), which spoils various plot points in the movie; after a few paragraphs, I had to close out the link.

With a movie like Blade Runner 2049, which is beloved by movie buffs everywhere, it’s disappointing that a publication like Variety, a well-respected trade publication read by millions, would post a review filled with spoilers; heck, even if the review had just one spoiler, that’s still too much given the secrecy around the movie.

Look, I understand being a movie critic has great perks. We get to see movies before they’re released, and discuss why we liked or didn’t like them. From acting, to directing and all the technical aspects in a movie, critics have plenty to talk about as far as what the movie’s pros and cons are. Sure, it’s fine to talk about a movie’s story, but don’t go into full detail. Even if you just repeat the synopsis of provided by the studio, that’s still MUCH better than talking about plot points that give away the movie’s twists and turns.

Sadly, this trend of reviews that spoil movies is becoming a big problem, as sites continue to compete with each other when posting articles about hot topics that will guarantee the site clicks.

But here’s something a number of movie critics at various publications could and should do: Stop spoiling movies in your reviews because it makes you look like an asshole.