Exactly. My major problem with this thread is that it's trying to somehow establish an absolute judgment. But this is less a situation of "Hollywood has gotten better" and more of "Hollywood is making more of Vortigern's kind of movies". As I've said, I agree with the notion that 2008 has been the most entertaining summer at the movies in recent memory. Regarding the Rotten Tomatoes scores, I think there's a reasonable argument to be made that critics are generally kinder to these sorts of movies now than they were twenty years ago. People like to point out that the original Star Wars didn't get much better reviews than the prequels, but those old reviews tended to examine how well Star Wars held up against more serious 'cinema' entries. Back then a movie would be dumped on just for being a 'popcorn movie', while these days reviewers tend to take the more open approach of judging whether it succeeds as a popcorn film rather than "Does it hold up to the dramatic adultness of Bonnie and Clyde?"