Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Netflix Is Getting Rid Of User Reviews


Bad news for anyone who still used Netflix as a hub for writing all of their movie-related opinions. From new seasons of established hits to a wide array of new original series and licensed content, Netflix consistently does a remarkable job of keeping viewers satiated with a seemingly endless stream of new content.

The removal of written reviews will have no impact on your recommendations as they were not used to generate them, a Netflix spokesperson said.

The end of the line for Netflix's user rating feature - a five-star scale selection and brief review option for computer users - has been officially announced to occur on Monday, July 30, leading to an eventual pull-down of the archives.

Prior to the change, users were able to review any movie or TV show the service had to offer, with any reviews between 80 and 1,999 characters being allowed.

The streaming giant, now in the middle of significantly increasing its investment into original TV shows and movies, will shut down its user review feature over the course of this summer, according to CNET. According to a recent report from Variety, Netflix saw a 200 percent increase in ratings by users with the "thumbs up/thumbs down" system during its testing.

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Will you mourn the loss of Netflix reviews? Come August, the reviews will disappear altogether.

Netflix representative Smita Saran told CNET that the company already notified users about the imminent change to the service's feedback system.

Netflix notified users of the change in an email which stated: 'You contributed a review on Netflix within the past year.

A plan that limits subscribers to one screen at a time without high-definition remained at £5.99 ($8 in the US) a month.

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