Is Rotten Tomatoes changing the way we think about movies?

By: Marv Castillo

I’m at the cinema with some friends. We’re about to choose the movie that we are about to see, and one my friends say: “Hey, wait a minute. I checked Rotten Tomatoes, it says that Man of Steel is a rotten movie… and it’s a really bad movie.” What this guy said  was really weird, because I saw Man of Steel  with this guy some days ago, and he said he loved that flick.



 Source: Warner Bros.

Did this guy just said the new Superman movie is bad just because he wants to agree the 56% score that the movie holds on Rotten Tomatoes? Is this guy pretending he is a “movie critic” or something like that? I don’t get it, because when we saw that movie he even said that Man of Steel was the best movie of 2013, so far. The next day he says it’s a bad movie because he saw that film holds a rotten score… and by that, people are not supposed to like this film or at least share positive comments about it online.

For those who don’t know, Rotten Tomatoes is a movie site that gathers the top critics reviews and give a porcentage of how accepted the movie was by the critics. The site is quite useful sometimes if you don’t want to spend your money watching bad movies, because basically this site shows which movie is good or bad, but from the critics point of view.

So, maybe this friend of mine was too excited, and he was blinded by that all the visual effects and the fact that this is a Superman movie and this dude flies, but then he realised this movie was disappointing after thinking about it in his way home… or maybe he just changed his mind to agree most of critics and some of the regular people who review who share their review on this site.

Now look, I’m not here to defend Man of Steel or many other movies that were certified rotten by the website, because I was very disappointed by Zack Snyder. I’m here because movie viewers that change their opinions because of a number are very annoying. The last Superman movie is probably the best example to adress this issue because we can agree that Man Of Steel was the most polarizing film of 2013. Some people love it, some people hate it.

After it’s opening weekend, the reviews flooded the internet and most of them were bad or average. Viewers who enjoyed the film and Superman fans started changing their mind. Man Of Steel, in that moment, was panned by both fans and movie critics, with some exceptions of course.

The world is not supposed to agree in this kind of subjects. Like John Campea, editor-in-chief of AMC Movie News and creator of The Movie Blog says, film is subjective.

Seriously, I know people who hate Star Wars, and I’m talking about the original trilogy, not the precuels. There’s people who say the Exorcist is the worst horror movie in history. Maybe you have that friend who loves Anaconda or the one who constantly says that Roland Emmerich’s version of Godzilla is not that bad. Those are rotten films on this site. People that like and hate those movies actually exist. We don’t have to agree when we talk about films, no one is going to kill you if you say Spider-Man 2 is boring or if you didn’t like the Avengers or Pulp Fiction that much. Film is subjective.

You’re not a movie critic,  journalist, or you didn’t go to film school. You’re a movie fan or an average moviegoer. I’m not trying to be mean, but maybe you don’t know a lot about films. When people talk about direction, cinematography and all those things, you’re probably not going to care, you just want to know if the movie is good or not. You know what is a good story, yes. But all the other deep aspects that critics review? Probably not, they learned that through the years.



Some weeks ago, what happened last year when I watched Man Of Steel for the second time happened again. Same scenario, different movie. We are about to see the new Godzilla movie, and a girl says the score Godzilla holds in Rotten Tomatoes is mediocre. You gotta be kidding me. We watched Godzilla some days before that incident, and she was nerding the fuck out when Godzilla was revealed, she loved that movie very much, and she even said it was her favorite King of Monsters movie to date… but now she thinks that this film is mediocre.


 Source: Warner Bros.

Days before Godzilla was released, the film held a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so people who see that score were saying this movie was really good. Now, it has 73%, which means it is considered an average movie.


Many people in the movie blogging world say that Rotten Tomatoes is your friend, and it is. If you can’t spent $14 in a bad movie, maybe you should check which film is good and you will spend your money like a smart movie fan. That’s when Rotten Tomatoes saves the day.

I don’t know if people are just making up opinions to sound like movie critics, only to look like individuals who have a great taste in films. It’s just a score, like an exam, getting the 100% is hard. It’s pretty much imposible to find a certified-mega-fresh film in Rotten Tomatoes that holds a score of 100%.

You don’t have to agree with the movie critics, liking movies that nobody likes doesn’t make you dumb. Like I said before, no one is going to kill you because you hate a movie that everybody loves. Go to the movie theaters, and worry about your experience. Enjoy the movie.

So, do you change your opinion after you should a score on Rotten Tomatoes, you don’t care and just enjoy the movie? What does the critic consensus means to you?



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