#GAReads | Movie reviewers lack inclusion of women and minorities, new study finds
The report, released Friday and titled "Critic's Choice II," is the second in a series from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and was conducted in partnership with Time's Up Entertainment — an affiliate within Time's Up's coalition.
The report uses reviews of 300 top-grossing films from 2015 to 2017 posted on the site Rotten Tomatoes to assess gender and race/ethnicity of critics, including how this varies by film distributor and publication outlet.
Only 21.3 percent of the 59,751 reviews evaluated were written by female critics — a gender ratio of 3.7 male reviewers to every 1 female reviewer. Critics from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds composed 16.8 percent of these reviews and white male critics wrote 65.6 percent of the reviews.