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Type of site
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Alexa rankIncrease 1,222 (June 2018)[1]
LaunchedJuly 16, 1999; 19 years ago (1999-07-16)
Current statusActive

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged (a weighted average).[2] Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.[3][4]

Metacritic's scoring converts each review into a percentage, either mathematically from the mark given, or which the site decides subjectively from a qualitative review. Before being averaged, the scores are weighted according to the critic's fame, stature, and volume of reviews.


Metacritic was launched in January 2001[5] by Marc Doyle, his sister Julie Doyle Roberts, and a classmate from the University of Southern California law school, Jason Dietz, after two years of developing the site. Rotten Tomatoes was already compiling movie reviews, but Doyle, Roberts and Dietz saw an opportunity to cover a broader range of media. They sold Metacritic to CNET in 2005.[6] CNET and Metacritic were later acquired by the CBS Corporation.[7]

In August 2010, the website's appearance was revamped.[8] In June 2018, the website introduced the 'Metacritic: Must-See' label for films that attain scores of 81% (or more) alongside at least 15 professional reviews for the given film.[9] In September 2018, it added the 'Metacritic: Must-Play' certification for video games attaining a score of 90% (or more), and a minimum number of 15 reviews from industry professionals.[10]

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