Quick: what was the billionth song downloaded on iTunes? If you’re one of those people who instinctively responded with Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound,” here’s another entry for your mental catalogue of milestone-related factoids.
Yesterday, the Criticwire Network logged its 50,000th review. Fifty thousand grades and reviews of festival favorites, new releases and old favorites spanning almost a century of films, all gathered in one place. Fittingly, reaching this round number comes five years after the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the first places where we gathered grades from notable critic brethren. (Also appropriate: that initial list included current Criticwire leading man Sam Adams and Editor Emeritus Matt Singer).
Almost two years ago, we relaunched the network with added features, including updated critic profiles, sleeker film pages and an updated central hub for tracking the latest reviews. In the intervening months and years, we’ve integrated Criticwire grades with our various surveys, saluting the noteworthy offerings from major festivals, annual looks at the year in film and some of the best from our favorite directors’ filmographies. Over that time, our network has gradually expanded to include quality writers from print publications, film sites and self-operated pages alike.
Since we’ve started gathering grades, we’ve used that information in a variety of ways, both here on the blog and on the main site. Last year, we put together a regularly-updated list of the Best Reviewed Films of the year, a collection that eventually included 95 of the year’s best indies. That feature continued through to 2014, where we’ve been keeping track of the year’s top titles since early April. We also use Criticwire Grade Averages as a main point of information in our Weekly Film Guide. This year, we’ll also be refreshing the averages for all Toronto films on Indiewire’s main lineup page.
So what was that magical review that turned all those numbers on the Great Criticwire Odometer, you ask? It was Tony Dayoub’s B+ review of the film pictured above, Ryan McGarry’s ER documentary “Code Black.” If you would like to see links to Dayoub’s writing and all the other recent grades from fall festivals and beyond, be sure to check out the Criticwire homepage.
With TIFF craziness under way, no time to pop any virtual champagne. We’ll just keep it on virtual ice until we cross 100,000 sometime in September 2019.