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Rotten Tomatoes
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This entire website is one Rotten score.
Type of site: Review aggregator
Language: English
Created by: Senh Duong
Patrick Y. Lee
Stephen Wang
Owner: Fandango Media
Date of launch: August 12, 1998
Status: Active


Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The company 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

  1. 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 74% and Mother! has a 69% despite both being critically panned.
    • A lot of movies covered on Greatest Movies Wiki almost always have mixed or negative scores. Those include Pokémon: The Movie 2000, Scoob!, Bohemian Rhapsody, TMNT (2007), Despicable Me 3, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Gnomeo and Juliet, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Space Jam, Balto, and the list goes on.
    • Pokémon Heroes got a 17% critic score, even though it was praised by many Pokémon fans and not by critics despite the unintentional accident where it faced competition with The Matrix Reloaded.
    • Mulan (2020) got a 73% critic score despite receiving negative reviews from Chinese critics and audiences for its handling of the Chinese culture.
    • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones has a 66% critic score despite some fans calling it the worst installment of the franchise.
    • Kim Possible has a 100% critic score, despite receiving backlash from fans of the original show.
    • After Last Season Got a 92% despite the movie being considered one of the worst movies ever made.
    • Hook has a 28% critic score, though Rotten Tomatoes later admitted that it was a good film that had a rotten score, so in other words, they contradicted themselves.
    • GTFO: Get the F&#% Out has a 100% critic score, despite having a 38% 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 SJW propagandas.
    • Leaving Neverland has a 98% despite receiving heavy backlash by fans of Michael Jackson.
    • All 4 seasons of Riverdale have at least an 80% despite its cringy writing.
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters got a 41% score just because it focused more on the kaiju characters than it did on the humans, since the whole charm of Godzilla is to see giant monsters fight each other and destroy their surroundings.
    • Rambo: Last Blood got a 27% score, despite having a 82% audience score, just because it has Rambo killing Mexican villains and out of political bias, wrongfully accusing it of xenophobia and calling it Trump propaganda.
    • Plan 9 from Outer Space has a 67% score even though it is considered one of the worst movies of all time.
    • Cuties has an 85% score (even though it has a 14% audience score), despite receiving backlash for sexualizing 11-year-old girls.
  2. The audience scores are no better.
    • Every time a Marvel or DC movie is released, the audience score always starts off extremely low such as 37%. Because of this, there's a bit of arguing on Greatest Movies Wiki or Awful Movies Wiki on 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 46% audience rating.
    • Watchmen (the 2019 TV series) has a 54% rating on the site despite the show being mostly well-received; this was because the obsessive Anti-SJWs review-bombed it.
    • Uncut Gems has 52% despite being well-received by many.
    • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a 86% rating even though it got mixed reviews from fans with some calling it worse than The Last Jedi.
    • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has a 52% rating despite reviews being mostly positive.
  3. The rotten reviews' synopsis tries way too hard to be funny or use 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 those who enjoyed the movie.
  4. 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.
  5. In January 2010, the New York Film Critics Circle claimed that this website was an example of how "the Internet takes revenge on individual expression."
  6. The Disney Star Wars films' critics and audience scores (especially The Last Jedi) are one of the main reasons why the Star Wars Fanbase is in such turmoil.
  7. Some shows have bad scores on rotten tomatoes despite fans defending the Season. Other bad shows have good scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
    1. Family Guy Season 6 scored a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, popular opinion, Season 6 was well received by fans.
    2. On topic of that, Season 12 has an 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, however Family Guy fans panned that Season and consider it the worst Season of the show.
  8. 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.
  9. Rotten Tomatoes also played a major role during the Alita: Battle Angel vs. Captain Marvel flame war. Not only did the former get a 61% against the latter's 78%, but before either film released, users could not add Alita to their "Want to See" lists despite being able to add Captain Marvel.
  10. The audience scores are often ignored. Instead of Rotten Tomatoes being a website that gives care to both critics and audiences, it panders to the critics and ignores everyone else.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The website does learn from its mistakes.
  2. They sometimes give accurate scores to movies and shows.
  3. Movie critics such as Chris Stuckmann did get their own reviews on Rotten Tomatoes such as him claiming that Dragonball: Evolution was his worst movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Pinky Malinky

24 months ago
Score 14
You just can't seem to trust internet critics nowadays. Back then, I bet critics were more likable there. Now we got critics telling us to fuck them in the ass like Chris Stuckmann.
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EijiZeBoi

23 months ago
Score 13
This is actually kinda ironic because ya know, this wiki is called "Rotten Websites Wiki", and this website is called "Rotten Tomatoes" lel.
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Pinky Malinky

23 months ago
Score 6
Yeah I knew someone was going to say that.
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Paprika

23 months ago
Score 3
Just what I was thinking too.
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SOSkid

3 months ago
Score 0
funny
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Paprika

23 months ago
Score 8
¨If a movie is good, it sucks. If a movie sucks, it´s good¨-Rotten Tomatoes
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EijiZeBoi

23 months ago
Score 4
Lel.
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EijiZeBoi

23 months ago
Score 4
Although, that's only the case 20% of the time. Sometimes, they do give accurate scores.
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Pinky Malinky

23 months ago
Score 1
Just about.
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LoudHouseFan777

23 months ago
Score 6
Guys! The percentage meter doesn't give the actual score of the film. It's how much percent of critics liked the film.
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Pinky Malinky

23 months ago
Score 0
Which is predictable.
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Paprika

22 months ago
Score 0
Eh, they still didn't like the movie though.
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Spidey McFly

22 months ago
Score -10
Well, I have to agree with that guy that gave Toy Story 3 the negative review. It IS pretty scary for a G-Rated movie.
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Dominicmgm

19 months ago
Score 5
But the review wasn't detailed at all, and it was just a vehicle to complain about the scariness of the movie, rather than the quality (It's a pretty amazing movie.)
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Mickey Mouse

19 months ago
Score 2
In my opinion, the only scary scene is the one where the toys (except Woody) are tortured by the little kids in Caterpillar Room (or whatever it's written)
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Jclem05

5 months ago
Score 1
Big Baby's design was pretty creepy.
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FreezingTNT

3 months ago
Score 0
Even more terrifying than the scene where they are about to be incinerated?
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FreezingTNT

3 months ago
Score 0
I was responding to Mickey Mouse, BTW.
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ThereIsNoUsername

22 months ago
Score 3
I once saw a critic who gave Infinity War a rotten score for a really dumb reason that half of the universe was at stake instead of small places like Hackensack, South Dakota, Denmark, or Peru. Seriously look at the critic reviews for Infinity War and it's the first review you see.
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Stomps

22 months ago
Score 1
Is it bad that i laugh at when the audience score symbol is low and it looks like a trash can
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Dominicmgm

21 months ago
Score 1
Not at all. In fact, some movies deserve the negative audience score like GTFO.
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Stomps

20 months ago
Score 1

I am talking about

The trash can thing is funny
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SpeccySte

17 months ago
Score 0
There's also the fact that in a number of films, especially many Disney films, critics are often either denied access to it unless they promise to give a film a positive review or are paid in $$$ to give said film a good review.
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EijiZeBoi

17 months ago
Score 0

"Hereditary literally demonizes a transgender spirit".

SUPER EPIC BRUH MOMENT
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Freddie123

14 months ago
Score 1
Man, Rotten Tomatoes will yet be another final blade swing to the Star Wars fanbase as they, just reviewed Episode 9 and results were...
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Freddie123

11 months ago
Score 2

Don't forget, a Rotten Tomatoes also gives out dull and drab concensus when talking positively-reviewed movies, they all go like:

"While it strays from being the greatest movie, [Insert movie] is a poignant, solidly directed feature that's another endearing addition to the franchise."

They use the same words over and over it becomes redundant.
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AgentLocke288

10 months ago
Score -1
They Gave The Boss Baby a Better Score than Shrek Forever After which is dumb
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Duncan947

7 months ago
Score 0
Are there any websites that aren't on this wiki?
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Colonel Knight Rider

7 months ago
Score 0
That's what Fresh Websites Wiki is for. ;)
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De Tinker

5 months ago
Score -1
Saving Christmas a zero, really ! And the ridiculous article at awfulmovies wiki was just another hit piece against Christmas. Help, he not drinking chocolate. Movie bad... Some bad parts I agree, but please. I seen far worse.
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S012891

4 months ago
Score 1
This page needs cleaning. The the 86% if The Rise of Skywalker came from the audience score and the reason why Plan 9 has a 67% is because it’s considered “So bad, It’s good.”
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Tiki The Doggo

3 months ago
Score 0
This page feels full of opinion bashing if you ask me
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HammerBro101

one month ago
Score 0
The name of this website doesn't lie. Rotten Tomatoes is indeed a rotten website.
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DoubleD346

one month ago
Score 1
Imdb or this?

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