Movies are getting worse, Moki tells us.  And the way they know that is that successful movies are increasingly more polarizing.  The chart is of the top 20 movies from the past 20 years, and the one’s that are red people completely disagreed about.

Draw what conclusions you will.  Especially about the evils of polarization and the even greater evils of Twilight.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. As an active moviegoer, I think this Moki is full of baloney. Last year an unusual consensus emerged among critics and audiences about the best movies: “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “The Fighter,” “True Grit,” “Black Swan,” and “Toy Story 3.” Even when there’s not a consensus, we shouldn’t infer that movies are “getting worse.” Art (or entertainment) always inspires divergent reactions and opinions. That’s the subjective nature of art. The aforementioned films reveal that storytelling is still alive and well – contrary to Moki’s down-in-the-dumper diagnosis.


  2. I agree the “worse” language is unjustified.

    But the increasing polarization of opinions is pretty interesting, regardless of what theories of art and its reception you have.


  3. […] This coming after last week’s interesting infographic demonstrating the increasing polarization of America’s movies. […]


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