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Rotten Tomatoes Fixes Rating System After 'Captain Marvel' and 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Review Bombing

By Mike Redmond | Film | February 26, 2019 |

By Mike Redmond | Film | February 26, 2019 |


Welcome to another exciting installment of “The Mean Girl Had Opinions so Now Men Are Going To Be Sh*tty Little Online Terrorists.”

Yesterday, I mentioned that the crusty, incel corners of the internet resorted to their usual bag of tricks and began review bombing Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes by spamming the “Not Interested” button and leaving negative comments to lower the film’s audience score. So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Rotten Tomatoes rating system is a gaping butthole for abuse, which became even more clear when a similar attack was recently launched against Star Wars: Episode IX. A film that doesn’t even have a trailer or a f*cking title.

In a better late than never move, Rotten Tomatoes has announced that it’s making some changes:

As of February 25, we will no longer show the ‘Want to See’ percentage score for a movie during its pre-release period. Why you might ask? We’ve found that the ‘Want to See’ percentage score is often times confused with the ‘Audience Score’ percentage number. (The ‘Audience Score’ percentage, for those who haven’t been following, is the percentage of all users who have rated the movie or TV show positively - that is, given it a star rating of 3.5 or higher - and is only shown once the movie or TV show is released.)

Okay. Good, good. Just stick the landing…

What else are we doing? We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have. (Emphasis mine.)


If you’re wondering why that last part is still a raging dumpster fire, edgelord wienerbuttons spammed the user ratings for movies like Black Panther and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a depressingly successful effort to lower those films’ audience scores because they prominently featured PoC and women, and welp, can’t have that! So while Rotten Tomatoes fixed one problem, there’s still a land mine coming down the road once Captain Marvel hits theaters.

In the meantime, shitbirds are predictably lashing out at the new changes and accusing Rotten Tomatoes of doing Disney’s bidding by “censoring” negative reactions even though they know damn well the system is being abused through coordinated attacks. Was every single “Not Interested” for Captain Marvel illegitimate? No, of course not. But, again, it doesn’t take a genius to quickly see how Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings are a field day for abuse.



For the record, this whole shit-show kicked into overdrive because Brie Larson made a reasonable request for entertainment media to be more inclusive. A simple, fully justified act of compassion caused… *gestures wildly*… all of this.

The internet was a mistake.

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