This entire post is straight facts. I would argue that RT has significant value as a resource (although I would also argue that Metacritic's metrics are better; the fact that a movie can receive a 100% score on RT simply because every critic rated the movie a 6/10 is kind of broken, IMO). The fact that RT scores are typically posted next to any place where movie tickets are sold is what ultimately leads to a valuable resource becoming another set of handcuffs on creativity in the movie industry. That and the fact that I have very little trust for movie critics, anyways, for many of the same reasons you have already stated. That said, in the era of premium television, TV critics are on fire right now. They are the only group of critics in any medium of entertainment whose opinions and ratings I tend to place any trust or stock in, which makes RT and Metacritic extremely valuable in terms of helping to imfom which new programs I will be watching, and which I will choose to pass on. I only discovered this inadvertantly when I found that their ratings and my opinions were a near perfect match, down to which shows I felt were the best on television (currently The Americans) and which popular shows were still good, but also significantly overrated by popular culture (Game of Thrones). It was pretty crazy, tbh. Many of them also write up reviews of each episode, where they offer up some pretyy high level literary analysis, which is especially nice because credible literary analysis, and giving enough of a shit to even engage in it, is an important practice that I feel is on the verge of exntinction within our culture right now.