Citizen Kane, perhaps best known as the movie that inspired Mank, is regarded by many as the best movie ever made, and for a while there, its Rotten Tomatoes score reflected that. The Orson Welles classic based loosely on the life of William Randolph Hearst was sitting at 100% on the review aggregation website, and it seemed like that would never change. But just recently, a negative review from critic Mae Tinee was uploaded, knocking the film down to 99%. And here’s the kicker: Tinee’s review was written 80 years ago. Oh, also: Tinee isn’t a real person, but a collective pseudonym once used for the Chicago Tribune.
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The Black Lives Matter movement has become a powerful statement that is making an impact around the world. Millions are marching in solidarity, and it has many amplifying the voices of black creators who have been frequently pushed by the wayside. That includes black filmmakers, and Netflix is working to ensure that people searching for something to watch on their streaming service are able to find something more than just The Help in order to broaden their perspective on what it means to be black.
Meanwhile, Rotten Tomatoes is supporting Pride Month in June by creating a new LGBTQ hub called Rainbow Tomatoes, featuring movie guides and editorials spotlighting the best and most poignant LGBTQ stories in film and television. Get more details on both of these diverse efforts below. Read More »
Over the past ten or fifteen years, Rotten Tomatoes has bolstered its power and become one of the key arbiters of a film’s quality for millions of people around the world. A film’s Rotten Tomatoes score follows a movie around online, often being presented next to a title and giving potential viewers one more thing to think about before they click “play.”
Running Scared director Wayne Kramer thinks that sucks. So he’s laid out a proposal to change the way things work, suggesting that after a film has been out for ten years, filmmakers should have the ability to lodge a Rotten Tomatoes appeal and have their movies be reconsidered with a new rating.
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The 21st Golden Tomato Awards winners have been announced, and the people behind 2019 standouts like Parasite, Avengers: Endgame, Fleabag, Watchmen, and more can add one more trophy to their mantles. Read on for a full list of Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movies and TV shows of 2019, with prizes handed out to Chernobyl, Toy Story 4, Us, Rocketman, Pain and Glory, and many more. Read More »
Exactly one year ago, Rotten Tomatoes announced they would be adding new critics that would be part of their Tomatometer rating system, focusing on the inclusion of more diverse voices in criticism. Today the entertainment rating aggregation website announced they’ve added over 600 critics in the past year, adding more women, critics of color, and content creators from outside of the traditional channels of entertainment criticism. Read More »
In recent years, Rotten Tomatoes has become a haven for trolls trying to tear down the audience score for new movies in order to feed into their whacked-out personal agendas. The site has been trying their best to battle it for a little while now, but thankfully, the movie rating aggregator has figured out how to tackle the problem head-on.
Starting today, Rotten Tomatoes will require users to have their movie ticket purchase verified in order to contribute a rating and/or review to the aggregate audience score for a movie. Read More »
Following the deluge of negative posts on the Captain Marvel Rotten Tomatoes user page, Rotten Tomatoes took serious measures to secure its website against malicious trolls looking to skew a movie’s audience rating. But that may have just been the beginning of Rotten Tomatoes’ countermeasures against potential user sabotage.
The review aggregator website is considering further changes to the Rotten Tomatoes audience review guidelines in order to combat trolls that have been targeting films like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ghostbusters, and even Star Wars: Episode 9.
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The Rotten Tomatoes audience score has become sorely abused. Once an area of the review aggregator website where fans and audience members could share their thoughts on a movie, it has now become a cesspool of online trolls trying to poison public perception — often before they’ve even seen the movie. The latest victim of this mass targeting was Captain Marvel which, again, has not come out yet.
But following the string of movies that were “review bombed,” including Black Panther and now Star Wars: Episode 9, Rotten Tomatoes is moving to combat online trolls. The review aggregator is drastically altering its audience rating system and preventing users from leaving reviews before a film’s release.
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Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which was a box office juggernaut and bona fide cultural phenomenon last year, also happens to be the best-reviewed wide release film of 2018. That’s according to Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregate site which just released its Golden Tomato Awards, an annual list that spotlights the best-reviewed movies of the year. Find out which films won in categories like Best Foreign Film, Best Directorial Debut, and more below.
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As we all know, Rotten Tomatoes is the only way to determine whether or not a movie is good (this is a joke, please don’t @ me). And according to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, movies are getting better. At least, that’s what movie marketing consultant David A. Gross discovered when he ran an experiment calculating Rotten Tomatoes scores since 1997 for movies released on 1,000 or more screens. Can this be accurate? Are movies really getting better, resulting in higher Rotten Tomatoes scores? Or is this a case of an influx of critics tipping the numbers?
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