Rating The Raters

The Zagat guides are not just for restaurants anymore. The publisher of consumer-based guides is fast diversifying into the wider world of leisure. Zagat last year came out with its first guide to movies. Now this people's-Choice Empire Is Taking On Shopping, Broadway Theater And Even, Later This Year, Music CDs. How do the new books stack up? Here's the notebook survey. (Rated on a scale of 0 to 30)

ZAGAT SURVEY Movies 17

Rating only the "top" 1,000 films "of all time" (for "acting," "production" and "story"), the book "shortchanges film history"; Fight Club is included--but "where's Sullivan's Travels?"

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