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 "Water for Elephants," Starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, Receives a Metascore of 52

     SAN FRANCISCO - April 22, 2011 - Metacritic (, the Web's most robust roundup of entertainment reviews and a property of CBS Interactive, today announced its Metascores® for the week's opening movies as of Friday, April 22 at 11:00 AM, PT.  Metacritic carefully screens and selects the most respected reviewers within each entertainment category and combines all of the individual critics' scores into a Metascore, an overall grade for each release, so users can gauge the critical consensus at a glance.  Movie Metascores are compiled using weighted scores from the 41 most respected movie critics and publications in the U.S.

     Following is a list of the Metascores for this week's opening movies:


Wide Releases:

"African Cats," directed by Alastair Fothergill - Metascore = 61

"Water for Elephants," starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon - Metascore = 52


Limited Releases:

"Incendies," directed by Denis Villeneuve - Metascore = 80

"The Imperialists are Still Alive," directed by Zeina Durra - Metascore = 63


     Metascores range from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews and lower scores indicating less favorable reviews from critics.  Various ranges of Metascore are also identified by different colors so you can tell at a glance how critics felt: generally, green scores (61-100) indicate favorable reviews, yellow scores (40-60) denote mixed reviews and red scores (0-39) are used for unfavorable reviews.


     The Metascore is considered a weighted average because Metacritic assigns more significance (or weight) to some critics and publications than to others based on the overall stature and quality of those critics and publications. In addition to critical reviews, entertainment enthusiasts can also voice their opinions by submitting their own ratings and reviews.  By providing a weighted Metascore and an average consumer score for each release, Metacritic helps consumers make informed decisions about how to spend their entertainment dollars and time.


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