I agree with what some of the other posters have said – that many times, reviewers are afraid of getting sued or afraid of alienating a potential advertiser, so they write nothing but positive things about a particular restaurant. I think that this is particularly true with small newspapers in small markets, less so in major cities. I have read a number of restaurant reviews in papers in towns like Martinsburg, WV, Frederick and Hagerstown, MD and Roanoke, VA, and I can’t ever remember reading a negative review. I have read plenty of criticism in media outlets in larger markets like Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco. As for reviewers not reviewing inexpensive restaurants, this is not something that I’ve noticed in the DC area. The reviewers in the Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine get around to less expensive places, too.