Thumbs Down 2019: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters
Thumbs Down is the most comprehensive and longest-running study of women’s representation and impact as film reviewers available. The report considers individuals working for print, broadcast, and online outlets in spring 2019 whose work also appears on the Rotten Tomatoes website. This year’s study found that women comprise 34% and men 66% of all film reviewers. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 32% in 2018. Men outnumber women in every job title category and type of media outlet considered. A larger proportion of films reviewed by women than by men feature female protagonists and have women directors. When reviewing films directed by women, female critics are more likely than their male counterparts to mention the name of the woman directing the film and to mention/discuss her filmography in a positive manner.