Movie Ratings

Investigating Fandango Movie Ratings

In October 2015, a data journalist named Walt Hickey analyzed movie ratings data and found strong evidence to suggest that Fandango’s rating system was biased and dishonest. He published his analysis in this article — a great piece of data journalism that’s totally worth reading. Fandango displays a 5-star rating system on their website, where the minimum rating is 0 stars and the maximum is 5 stars. Hickey found that there’s a significant discrepancy between the number of stars displayed to users and the actual rating, which he was able to find in the HTML of the page.