Star ratings in restaurant reviews : reductive or required?
The LA times recently got rid of star ratings for their restaurant reviews. Devra First discusses the limitations that star ratings place on restaurant critics in an interesting post in Dishing http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...
What do all you chowhounds think?
Bravo to the LA Times! When I was reviewing, my fellow critics and I lobbied the brass to
eliminate the star sytem to no avail. Let's face it, in the end reviewing is subjective and too
many readers are guided by the stars rather than the substance of the review which
should substantiate how the rating was determined. Of course, the content can be affected by
space limitations, editing, etc.. but, in general, the prose should carry more weight than
the the "points".