Entertainment We Watch and Entertainment We Appreciate: Patterns of Motion Picture Consumption and Acclaim Over Three Decades

Mary Beth Oliver, Erin Ash, Julia K. Woolley, Drew D. Shade, Keunyeong Kim

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Abstract

An analysis of 582 film titles spanning the years from 1980 to 2010 was conducted to examine the attributes and characteristics that predicted both viewership (e.g., box-office revenues) and critical acclaim (e.g., awards, audience ratings). Overall, viewership was highest for action/adventure films and lowest for dramas. In contrast, acclaim was highest for more dramatic fare, and for films that featured dark, contemplative, and emotional themes. The results are discussed in terms of the entertainment gratifications reflecting both enjoyment and appreciation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-873
Number of pages21
JournalMass Communication and Society
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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