Make Movie Night Easier with the Find Your Critic Tool!

We love watching movies at home either as a family or for a “date night”. But we love movies and don’t want it to feel like we just stumbled into something while flipping commercials- we like true “movie nights”. Here’s what we do to prepare:

Choose a Genre: Earlier in the day, we choose a genre. I prefer comedies and Justin prefers action, so we tend to trade off. If Shane will be watching with us, we definitely have to choose something in the family-friendly category. Knowing ahead of time what to prepare myself for works best since I’d rather not spend all day thinking I’ll be laughing hysterically only to watch a total tear-jerker- I need that time to prep myself {and buy tissues}.


Make it Interactive: If it’s a family movie night, I like to include some sort of activity that relates to the movie beforehand for Shane. It gets him more excited about the movie and makes him more likely to actually pay attention once it’s on. Sometimes I’ll print coloring sheets from the internet, and other times we’ll do something more hands-on, but I try to make it an enriching experience either way.

Invest Your Time Wisely: Check reviews for the movies that you’re considering. Nothing is worse than getting all ready for movie night, turning it on, and getting bored 5 minutes in. We spend a lot of time looking up reviews on so that we don’t waste our time watching mediocre movies. That said, we probably spend too much time looking at reviews, but it’s still time well spent.

Pop Secret Popcorn Popping

Grab the snacks: Just because you’re watching the movie at home instead of at the theater, doesn’t mean you have to skip the popcorn. I like to have some candy and Pop Secret popcorn to really complete the movie experience.

Speaking of Pop Secret, they’ve teamed up with Rotten Tomatoes to help us all solve one of the problems I mentioned: wasting time on bad movies. With their new Find Your Critic tool, you can find which critics on Rotten Tomatoes you share a taste in movies with so that you can follow their recommendations! I tried the app out recently & it was very easy to do.

Pop Secret and Rotten Tomatoes- Find Your Critic App

First, go to  the Find Your Critic tool and make sure you’re connected to Facebook. They will show you a variety of movies and ask you to rate each one. Once you’ve rated about a dozen movies, they’ll give you a list of critics that agree with you! You can then view all of those critics’ reviews to see what other movies you might like. The tool helped me pick out a couple of movies we can watch at the hotel after the wedding this weekend, so now I can spend less time checking out random movie reviews & more time enjoying wedding bliss. And, of course, popcorn.

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At Pop Secret, we love movies as much as you love movies. That’s why we created the Find Your Critic tool with Rotten Tomatoes. It helps you figure out which movie critics you should listen to. All you have to do is rate some movies and the tool figures out which critics share your taste in movies. It even helps you follow your critics’ new movie reviews and recos. So when it comes to enjoying movies, the only thing you have to worry about is which kind of Pop Secret to make. Check it out!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pop Secret via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pop Secret.

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  1. love the critic idea

  2. Great movie night tips!

  3. I love the Find Your Critic tool! I already use Rotten Tomatoes as well and this makes things even more streamlined. I hate wasting my time on a mediocre movie – if I’m taking time away from my life, I want it to be great!
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  4. i notice when I like one movie like another person, we tend to like many that are the same.
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  5. That looks like a pretty neat tool.

  6. What a great tool especially for someone who likes to watch movies.
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  7. The perfect date
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  8. Sounds great! I love Friday or Saturday movie nights!
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  9. Love the tool! So great for movies.
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  10. Sounds like a great tool!
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  11. This sounds like a fun tool to use!
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  12. I”ve got some Pop Secret in the pantry…off to find a good movie to go with it!
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  13. This is such a great idea!
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  14. Love these tips and I prefer at home popcorn to the theater variety, especially after learning the calorie count.
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  15. How cute! I love that you make it interactive!
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