A new study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film which revealed a disparity in female vs. male critics reviewing films starring women and films by women directors. A trend revealed that male critics tend to rate films starring women and films by women directors lower than female critics, and that there is a higher number of male critics than female. Film critics affect a movie's visibility and success, so this disparity (coupled with the lack of progress in representation in the industry) might pose a threat to equal representation.
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