Movie review sites are a dime a dozen and everyone has their favorite. I run a site myself as do many of the other entertainment examiners.
According to "TheWrap," one of the independent sites, "Movie Review Intelligence," who gathers reviews from other sites, lists them on their site and then determines a percentage to show how good the film is. One problem that pops out right away is that this is "Rotten Tomatoes" territory.
It isn't that the website is unpopular, on the contrary, they attract 85,000 readers per month. That's more than the "New York Times" attracts.
Times are tough and if you have to live off the revenues of your website, you're probably in trouble. If you go to some of these huge websites, you have to weave your way around all the pop-ups and be careful where you place your cursor. One wrong step with your cursor and you see yet another pop-up or actually get taken to another website. How annoying is that?
It's too bad that the little guy, independent sites, are having such trouble. However, some will stay around, despite or because of other sites shutting down.