cherry picks

There’s no question that Rotten Tomatoes has become a force to be reckoned with in the movie industry. The review aggregation site has become a powerful influencer on audience opinion — though it’s still up in the air whether it impacts box office at all. But there’s one problem: the top Rotten Tomatoes critics are still mostly men.

Enter Cherry Picks. The review aggregator site aims to be the all-female alternative to Rotten Tomatoes, pulling reviews exclusively written by women.

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tomb raider review round-up

The Tomb Raider review embargo has lifted, and let’s just say the critics aren’t exactly enamored with the latest big-screen Lara Croft adventure. Not even Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is enough to elevate this video game movie – although there are some kind words here and there. Our full Tomb Raider review round-up is below.

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Ready Player One Reviews

Ready Player One premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest Festival to heavy anticipation. Would it be as tacky as the marketing made it appear or would director Steven Spielberg live up to his legendary reputation?

It turns out that fans of the ’80s nostalgia vehicle had nothing to worry about. Movie critics and geek bloggers are over the moon in their praise of Spielberg’s adaptation of the 2011 Ernest Cline novel, calling it a joyous visual spectacle. After the film premiered — with a few technical hiccups — in Austin, Ready Player One received a standing ovation.

Here is what early critics thought of Ready Player One.

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bright reviews

“It’s made for the fans, not the critics,” is an increasingly common defense that filmmakers and actors are falling back on these days. Now, it’s apparently a shield for every middling blockbuster that critics savaged, from superhero movies that do have a built-in audience, to an original Netflix film that…doesn’t.

And it’s what Bright star Joel Edgerton is sticking by. Bright was David Ayer‘s sci-fi crime movie for Netflix that broke the streaming service’s records for its original films, garnering it a sequel and apparent immunity to negative critical reaction.

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Atlanta season 2 reviews

When a brand new show wins two Emmys and two Golden Globes, it can be tough to top that level of early success. But it seems as if Donald Glover‘s occasionally surreal FX comedy/drama Atlanta has managed to fly in the face of the dreaded sophomore slump. The reviews are in, and early buzz about the new season is strong – so strong, in fact, that as of the time of this writing, season 2 has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Read some excerpts from a handful of Atlanta season 2 reviews below.
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a wrinkle in time early buzz

A Wrinkle in Time has a lot of expectations riding on it. It is Ava Duvernay‘s ambitious passion project, the first non-documentary feature film that the director has tackled since Selma won acclaim and awards love four years ago. It’s an adaptation of a beloved children’s fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It has a black lead actress (Storm Reid) in a piece of colorblind casting that differs from the novel. And it’s starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine.

So, does A Wrinkle in Time live up to those expectations? Not quite.

The social media embargo for Duvernay’s Disney film has lifted, and reactions are mixed at best and pessimistic at worst. Formal reviews don’t drop until March 7 — two days before the film’s release — but a few people who attended the premiere shared their opinions on the science-fiction movie.

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While Black Panther is dominating the box office this weekend, in a couple weeks it will be Jennifer Lawrence‘s turn to be a badass on the big screen in Red Sparrow.

The first screenings of Red Sparrow were held this week, and reactions and reviews are starting to hit the web. While some might be expecting this to be Jennifer Lawrence’s own Atomic Blonde or even an example of what a Black Widow movie might be like, the early reviews indicate that Red Sparrow is neither of those things. The spy thriller from director Francis Lawrence is proving divisive, with some absolutely loving what this movie turned out to be while others thinking it’s an overlong and numbing experience.

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Cloverfield Paradox early buzz

Netflix and the Cloverfield franchise pulled off a huge surprise last night, first dropping the long-awaited trailer for the third film in the series before handing us another shocker: the movie would be available to stream immediately after the Super Bowl.

It’s a clever marketing scheme that holds true to the “disruptive” nature of both the Cloverfield franchise and the streaming service. Viewers would have no choice but to go into the movie fresh, with no positive or negative reviews to taint their movie-watching experience. It’s a bold experiment — but did it work? And was the movie at the center of it all, now titled The Cloverfield Paradox, worth the trouble?

Here’s what the critics who stayed up late on Sunday night to check out the movie had to say.

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Black Panther rotten tomatoes reviews

If you need more evidence that the internet can be a horrible place and that fandom toxicity has run amok, peek at the “movement” around Black Panthers Rotten Tomatoes score.

The Marvel film hasn’t even been released in theaters yet, and already a Facebook group is planning to flood its Rotten Tomatoes page with negative reviews. The name of the Facebook group? “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys.”

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Black Panther

Black Panther is /Film’s second most anticipated movie of 2018, so you bet we’re watching the early critical reactions like a panther stalks its prey. Or like how Black Panther stalks those who threaten the safety and security of Wakanda, the advanced African nation he rules over and protects.

While the review embargo remains in effect, the social media embargo on reactions to Ryan Coogler‘s superhero adventure has fallen and yes, that means the first wave of Black Panther buzz has arrived.

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