Movie Three-quels: Do Reviews Matter? Spider-Man 3 came in No. 1 at the box office this weekend, despite lukewarm reviews. Is it a sign of what's to come for others, like Shrek 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3? Guests and "Spidey" fans discuss whether reviews even matter when it comes to sequels.
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Movie Three-quels: Do Reviews Matter?

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Spider-Man 3 came in No. 1 at the box office this weekend, despite lukewarm reviews. Is it a sign of what's to come for others, like Shrek 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3? Guests and "Spidey" fans discuss whether reviews even matter when it comes to sequels.

Murray Horwitz, director and COO, American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center

Kim Masters, NPR Correspondent, Arts Information Unit

Peter Bart, editor in chief, Variety; author, Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb