Here's how we help you find stuff you'll love…

  • Find the critics' consensus in one place, with a single “Metascore”

    Metacritic's proprietary Metascore distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number.

  • Discover what's new and notable

    Compare what's new this week, what's great this year, and all-time favorites—finding quality entertainment is easy with the Metacritic scorecard.

  • Sound off with your own ratings and reviews

    We value our users' opinions. In addition to streamlining our user voting process, we've elevated the the status of the average user score throughout the site.

metacritic: the history

It began as a simple idea back in the summer of 1999: a single score could summarize the many entertainment reviews available for a movie or a video game. Metacritic's three founding members—all former attorneys who were happy to find a more constructive but less profitable use of their time—launched the site in January 2001 and Metacritic has evolved over the last decade to reflect their experience distilling many critics' voices into the single Metascore, a weighted average of the most respected critics writing reviews online and in print.

Metacritic's mission is to help consumers make an informed decision about how to spend their time and money on entertainment. We believe that multiple opinions are better than one, user voices can be as important as critics, and opinions must be scored to be easy to use.

Our Metascore system is unique and merits its own explanation page.