Study: Movie Critics 'Overwhelmingly White And Male'

A new study found critics who reviewed the top 100 films last year were 82 percent white and nearly 78 percent male.
Posted at 12:16 AM, Jun 12, 2018

Hollywood as a whole has been accused of lacking diversity, and it looks like that issue might extend to film critics, too. That's according to a new study by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The study involved more than 19,500 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes written about the top 100 movies of 2017. Researchers assessed the gender and race or ethnicity of the critics who wrote these reviews.

According to the study, white critics wrote 82 percent of them, and close to 78 percent of these critics were men.

The study includes several recommendations on how to increase diversity among film critics. One is referred to as the "30/30/20/20 plan," which references the approximate percentage of white males, white females, underrepresented males and underrepresented females, respectively, in the U.S. based on population. This study calls for groups that work with or educate critics to aim for these target inclusion goals.

 Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.