Thumbs Down 2020: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters
First conducted in 2007, 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 the U.S. during January through March 2020. This year’s study finds that men continue to outnumber women as film reviewers by almost 2 to 1. Men comprised 65% and women 35% of reviewers. Further, male reviewers outnumber females in every job title category and nearly every type of media outlet. In turn, the data shows that female-driven films and films directed by women make up a smaller proportion of men’s reviews than women’s reviews. The study also found that female and male reviewers of color remain dramatically underrepresented. 70% of female reviewers are white, 23% are women of color, and 7% have an unknown racial/ethnic identity. 73% of male reviewers are white, 18% are men of color, and 9% have an unknown racial/ethnic identity.