Originally Posted by ebusinesstutor
...Reviews are so subjective as to be nearly useless. I and my brother both read science fiction. He likes Jack L Chalker, and I am not a fan. I love Roger Zelazny's Amber series but my brother finds it just ok. Who's right? Me of course! Just kidding. The difference is a matter of taste.
I do sometimes look at aggregate reviews of a product, software program or app before I buy or download it as I do find that somewhat useful.
Of course reviews are subjective.
For hardware, one can bring some objectivity to the table about specs.
For a book or a movie, it's all about personal taste.
(Maybe productions value and stuff, but even this is critical)...
So, like you, I rather rely on the avaerage rating, than a single review.
But if the average says "2 out of 5 stars, from 30 reviews in total", the 20 people giving 1 star because "eBooks should be free" or "why should I rent a movie from Google? I can buy a used DVD for the same amount" totally ruin the statistics of course.