Sure, every system will be flawed to some extent. (And in fact I always assumed that a majority of critics don’t use star systems and the site makes a call most of the time.) Doesn’t mean one isn’t clearly better than the other.
Yeah, I agree entirely. Blaming the critics when a movie bombs is a way of externalising blame and perfectly understandable, but it’s very unlikely. As I have said before, I thinkt he main function of critics - apart from maybe shedding some light on aspects of a movie I may have missed - is to bring attention to small movies that would otherwise never get a more than minimal audience. But to think they have much of an impact on blockbusters seems very much like an exaggeration.