Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by three undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley: Senh Duong, Patrick Y. Lee, and Stephen Wang. The name "Rotten Tomatoes" derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a poor stage performance.
Since January 2010, Rotten Tomatoes has been owned by Flixster, which was in turn acquired by Warner Bros. in 2011. In February 2016, Rotten Tomatoes and its parent site Flixster were sold to Comcast's Fandango. Warner Bros. retained a minority stake in the merged entities, including Fandango.
Why It's Rotten (just like their name)
- The problem with the website is that it mainly takes reviews from other sources. (e.g, Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Washington Post, etc.) This leads to many instances of extremely inaccurate scores.
- Ghostbusters (2016) has a 73% despite being critically panned.
- A lot of movies covered on Greatest Movies Wikia almost always have mixed or negative scores.
- Hook has a 28% critic score, which Rotten Tomatoes later admitted that it was a good film that had a rotten score.
- GTFO: Get the F&#% Out has a 100% critic score, despite having the 40% audience score, due to corrupt critics (Dennis Harvey of Variety, Miranda Nelson of Georgia Straight, Josef Arbiv of FILMINK (Australia), Cody Ray Shafer of Under the Radar, and Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair), as well as the anti-gamergate and SocJus propagandas.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters got a 41% score just because it focused more on the kaiju characters than it did on the human ones... since the whole charm of Godzilla is to see giant monsters fight each other and destroy their surroundings.
- The audience score isn't that much better.
- Every time a Marvel or DC movie is released, the audience score always starts off extremely low such as a 37%. Because of this, there's a bit of arguing on Greatest Movies Wiki or Awful Movies Wiki whether the movie should be on either of the two.
- Gotti has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but at the time of its release it had an 80% audience rating. This was later changed to a 48% audience rating.
- The rotten reviews' synopsis try way too hard to be funny or uses generic persuasions such as "stay away from this movie" (one such example that uses a generic synopsis is The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence). It can also come off as insulting to many who enjoyed the movie.
- Sometimes, there's invalid reasoning for why the critics didn't like a well-received movie. For instance, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse had a rotten review that broke its 100% score streak that called the animation "sloppy" which was later deleted for unknown reasons.
- Another famous example is Toy Story 3, which destroyed the chances of it being the only trilogy to get perfect 100% scores by two negative reviews: one by a troll that was quickly deleted, and one by a critic who thought it was too scary for a G rating.
- On January 2010, the New York Film Critics Circle claimed that this website was an example of how "the internet takes revenge on individual expression."
- The Disney Star Wars films' critic and audience scores (especially The Last Jedi) are one of the main reasons that the Star Wars Fanbase is in such turmoil.
- They made a big stink about the instances of users review bombing the "Want to See" scores on titles like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (was known as Star Wars: Episode IX at the time) and Captain Marvel. Rotten Tomatoes announced that the "Want to See" score would no longer be visible during a movie's pre-release period and people would not be able to comment on a film's page until it releases, thus removing some of the userbase's voice.
- One of the main players during the Alita: Battle Angel vs. Captain Marvel flame war. Not only did the former get a 61% against the latter's 78%, before either film released, users could not add Alita to their "Want to See" lists, but could add Captain Marvel.
- The website does learn from their mistakes.
- They sometimes give accurate scores to movies.
- Your Name has a 97% critic score.
- The Emoji Movie had a 0% critic score. Thanks to Common Sense Media, it now has an 7% critic score.
- Avengers Endgame has a 94% critic score.
- Disaster Movie and Alone in the Dark both have a 1% critic score.
- Avengers Infinity War has an 85% critic score.
- Saving Christmas (AKA Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas) The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Jaws: The Revenge all have a 0% critic score.
- Battlefield Earth and Jack & Jill both have a 3% critic score.
- Movie 43 has a 5% critic score.
- Bio-Dome has a 4% critic score.
- Mean Girls has a 84% critic score.
- Toy Story has a 100% critic score.
- All of Studio Ghibli's films (except for Tales From Earthsea) have at least a Fresh to Certfied Fresh rating, with most of them having at least an 85% and over.
- Movie critics such as Chris Stuckmann do get their own review on Rotten Tomatoes such as him claiming Dragonball Evolution was his worst movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.