Angry fans berating critics for negative reviews have caused Rotten Tomatoes to shut down commenting on The Dark Knight Rises. Whoa, is that right? Yep. It’s got an 86% critics rating as of this morning, and 93% audience rating, but if you don’t like a review and want to say so, you’ll have to wait. Wow. This is only tangentially related to John Carter …… but it shows fan empowerment (sort of) or at least fans having an effect on the narrative, so that’s why I’m linking to it. Still scratching my head, though.
Dark Knight Comments Suspended on Rotten Tomatoes
RottenTomatoes.com has suspended user comments on a film for the first time following a fan uproar after two critics posted negative reviews of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Monday.
The review-aggregating site rates films by a percentile approval rating. As of Wednesday morning, “The Dark Knight Rises” stood with a 94% approval from critics and 96% “fresh” rating from the audience. But two reviews appear to have set fans off: Marshall Fine of Hollywood and Fine wrote that the film was “grandiose not grand,” and the Associated Press’ Christy Lemire said that the film “lacked the spark that gave 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’ such vibrancy.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” is already stirring controversy, and very few people have even seen it.
The backlash overwhelmed the site, said Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, who told the AP that “it just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”