The first Suicide Squad reviews hit the web yesterday, and while there was praise for performances from Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and even Jai Courtney, there was a lot of criticism in other areas. The consensus was while the characters were great and brought a lot of fun to the table, they’re unfortunately part of a movie that doesn’t use them to their full potential, mostly due to a lackluster narrative and a weak villain to motivate them.

Now director David Ayer has responded to the first wave of Suicide Squad reviews. And so have a group of fans who haven’t even seen the movie yet, but won’t miss this opportunity to be enraged and overreact. Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster Acquired By Fandango

Rotten Tomatoes Fandango

Movie ticketing website Fandango has acquired the popular film review website Rotten Tomatoes and ticketing app Flixster. Previous owner Warner Bros. will take an equity position in Fandango and become an ongoing strategic partner.

The move is a smart one for the NBCUniversal-owned Fandango, but it will be interesting to see how or if this will affect Rotten Tomatoes. The site is used by millions of moviegoers to help them determine which movies they should and shouldn’t see. Being owned by a company that is interested in selling tickets, to every movie, might not align with the goals of a consumer advisory site like Rotten Tomatoes. But then again, being owned by a mega movie group like Warner Bros. also seemed like a possible conflict of interest, and Rotten Tomatoes still managed to function rather independently of the entertainment division.

Read the full Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Flixster press release after the jump.

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Meryl Streep (Adaptation) isn’t a feminist. In her own words, she’s a humanist, a comment which drew some flack, as did a recent photo shoot she did to promote her newest picture, Suffragette. In the photo, Streep wore a shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than slave,” an arguably tone deaf and outdated line from Emmeline Pankhurst, the women’s right activist portrayed by Streep in the film.

These recent missteps shouldn’t detract from everything right the actress has to say, though. Such as her comment about Rotten Tomatoes needing more female critics. Read more after the jump.

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Rotten Tomatoes Launching New TV Zone

Rotten Tomatoes TV Zone

Rotten Tomatoes‘ Tomatometer is by no means a perfect metric of a film’s quality, but it is a pretty convenient way to get a pulse on the critical buzz surrounding a big-screen project. Now we’ll be able to use that tool on small-screen projects, too.

The site announced today that it would launch a separate “TV Zone” section on Tuesday, just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 season. So if you’ve been  wondering whether Mom is worth checking out or Dads is really as bad as it looks, the trusty Tomatometer will be able to help. More details on the new endeavor after the jump.

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Has Armond White Been Kicked Off Rotten Tomatoes?

Thanks to Adam Sandler, Armond White is back in the news. The former New York Press film critic who notoriously loves almost universally panned movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Jonah Hex while hating, and often being the sole voice of opposition against, beloved films like Inception and Toy Story 3, last week published a rave review for Jack & Jill, Sandler’s latest film which has gotten some of the worst reviews of his career. That film currently stands at a putrid 3% on Rotten Tomatoes but White’s review has not been included. In fact, he hasn’t been featured on the site for a few months. Has Rotten Tomatoes finally kicked off Armond White for being controversially contrary? It depends on who you ask. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Now a movie studio owns the most popular review aggregation website. Is that strange? It might be strange.

A press release went out this morning announcing that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (which “brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios”) has purchased the movie-ranking website Flixster and, consequently, Rotten Tomatoes. (Which was bought by Flixster in January 2010.)

The move is part of a bid on WB’s part to engage digital distribution platforms. The company has already offered app editions of movies like The Dark Knight, and has begun distributing films directly through Facebook. WBHEG insists that Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes will continue to operate independently — in other words, we shouldn’t see much difference in the operation of either site, and ideally RT’s review presentation won’t be compromised. The press release is after the break. Read More »