Get a metascore from metacritic.com

metascore(){ curl -s "http://www.metacritic.com/$@" | sed -rn 's|\t*<!-- metascore --><div id="metascore" class=".*">([^<]*)</div>|\1|p'; }
This will fetch a metascore from metacritic.com. It requires a url from metacritic without the http://www.metacritic.com/ Example: metascore games/platforms/wii/supermariogalaxy - metascore tv/shows/marriageref - metascore video/titles/newmoon Would be cool to use this in some sort of a graph.
Sample Output
97

What Others Think

I really like this command, but I don't like how you kind of have to build the URL yourself, so I wrote a version that does a google search and presents the results in a selectable list. When you choose one, it grabs the score. metacritic(){ typeset y="$@" PS3="Select a search result: " i;select i in $(curl -sAOpera "www.google.com/search?q=${y// /+}+site:metacritic.com"|grep -Eo 'http://www.metacritic.com/[^"]+');do curl -s "$i"|perl -ne '/id="metascore" class="[^"]+">([^<]+)/&&print "Score: $1\n"';break;done;}
eightmillion · 447 weeks and 6 days ago
If you can fit that into 255 characters you should submit it as an alternative: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/edit/0/5091
matthewbauer · 447 weeks and 6 days ago
You could also do something like: metacritic(){ curl -s "$(curl -sAOpera "www.google.com/search?q=${@// /+}+site:metacritic.com"|grep -Eo 'http://www.metacritic.com/[^"]+' | head -n1)" | perl -ne '/id="metascore" class="[^"]+">([^<]+)/&&print "Score: $1\n"'; } Which would not ask for a score but instead assume the first one.
matthewbauer · 447 weeks and 6 days ago
I had thought about doing that, but the search results aren't always that great. Plus, with the command returning only the score, you could be getting the score for something completely different and not know it.
eightmillion · 447 weeks and 5 days ago

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