I'm psychic. No, seriously, it's for two main reasons: firstly, because on other forums you will frequently see people quoting, and responding to, the score, or the summary of a review. Case in point: there has been fuss over RAH's 4.5 for The Great Escape when there shouldn't be any if more people had actually bothered to read his brief but detailed review text. Secondly, I've been writing articles on the Internet professionally for over a decade, mainly tech articles and guides. Without fail I receive emails asking me questions which indicate the person read the first and last page of the article, and skipped everything in between. I also see the same when it comes to discussion of other tech articles, such as a review of a piece of computer hardware - people make misinformed comments based on reading only the summary (usually on the last page), without examining the details in the article itself. It's human nature to try to get the gist of something with minimal effort. Reviews tend to make this easier for people by publishing prominent scores, star ratings, etc. This only encourages the lazy person in each of us to look at that score, and not read the nuances in the review itself.