Rotten Tomatoes Removes Early Fan Reviews

The movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes, is rolling out several changes that are aiming to “elevate the voice of fans” and “increase data relevance.” However, one of these changes meant to “elevate the voice of the fans” is actually silencing “fans”- better known as “trolls” that purposefully tank or raise a film’s audience score prior to a film’s release. Meaning that there would be a very inaccurate score before anybody had even seen the film.

In 2016 the Ghostbusters “fans” rapidly downvoted and tanked the audience score before the film’s release due to the film’s leads being female. In 2018 there was a campaign seen circling Twitter and Facebook to downvote Marvel’s Black Panther due to its black casting. And just recently a small group of misogynistic trolls targeted Marvel’s Captain Marvel due to Brie Larson, a female, leading the super-hero film.

Today, Rotten Tomatoes announced a series of changes made to its site that have become immediately implemented. Here’s the full list of changes:

  • Streamlined user interface that positions the Audience Score adjacent to the Tomatometer Score, which represents the collective opinions of thousands of professional critics, giving fans easy access to compare and contrast critic’s and fan’s view of movies and TV shows.
  • Prior to a movie’s release, fans will no longer be able to leave written comments or reviews.  That functionality will be available once the movie releases into theaters.
  • The fan “want to see” score, which was previously represented as a percentage, will now be presented as a raw number that will be tallied in real time. This change seeks to eliminate the confusion that sometimes occurred between the “want to see” score and the “audience score” which is also represented as a percentage.
  • Throughout the roll out of new audience rating features, Rotten Tomatoes will call out enhancements on the site and link to a product update blog, where users can find explanations.

These are all positive steps. Frankly, there are many other sites and social media websites that should do more to silence the trolls of the internet. Toxicity, especially in the film “fan” community has become a serious problem for the past several years. Targeted negative attacks against other fans, and people who worked on films has become overwhelming.

So yea, no trolls – good riddance.

What do you think of these changes? Do you even look at the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

‘Suicide Squad’ is setting itself up for Box Office Success

Currently Suicide Squad is battling very low critic reviews, however that doesn’t seem to be keeping the film down!

According to a report from Variety the film has already been able to bring in $8.1 million across seven international markets, which includes South Korea’s $2.9 Million and France’s $2.7 Million. Looking at these numbers it is already set to pass box office jugernauts Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool – and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The film set to release in another 57 international markets and is tracking to bring in more than $100 million in those markets.

Warner Bros. has got to be happy with the film tracking like this in the international market because they spent a reported $175 Million in making the movie.  So if the film performs as well here in the U. S as it seems to be in the rest of the world then they will be in the black. Continue reading “‘Suicide Squad’ is setting itself up for Box Office Success”

‘Suicide Squad’ Fan Attacks Rotten Tomatoes With Online Petition

It looks like DC fanboys/girls have had it with critics giving their movies bad reviews!

A fan mad petition was created on change.org  to shut down the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes over the fact that the last three DC comic book based movies received poor critic scores.  2013’s Man of Steel received a overall critic rating of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, this year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice received a very low 27% critic rating, and the soon to be released (August 5, 2016) Suicide Squad at the time of writing is sitting at a surprisingly low 30% with early critic screenings.

The creator of the petition is identified as a fan from Alexandra, Egypt, and argues that the bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are negatively affecting people’s opinion on the DC movies, even if they’re “really great.”  The unnamed organizer says:

We need this site to be shut down because It’s Critics (sic) always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust Bad Reviews, Like 1 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 2- Suicide Squad 2016…And that Affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great movies (sic)”

Continue reading “‘Suicide Squad’ Fan Attacks Rotten Tomatoes With Online Petition”

Ant-Man Sequel Might Have a Director

With Ant-Man having exceeded all expectations its no surprise that Marvel Studios is continuing with a sequel.  The film was able to score an 80% Critic rating and an 89% Audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  On top of that it made quite a bit of money, reaching $454M at the worldwide box office.  Now, with the 2018 release date of Ant-Man and the Wasp approaching, the studio is reportedly hoping to bring director Peyton Reed back to helm their tiny superhero film once again.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reed is in final negotiations with the studio to continue sitting in the director’s chair and get the film ready to hit theaters for July 2018. However, in order to make that date Marvel moved around it’s Phase 3 movie dates in order to make room for this Ant-Man sequel.  With this switch-around it was also announced that there would be three unspecified movies under the Marvel banner coming in 2020. Continue reading “Ant-Man Sequel Might Have a Director”