Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely a film that’s gotten all kinds of discussion, both positive and negative. While critics praised the film, the audience seemed divided, as evident by the difference in critic and audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Some fans who didn’t like the movie noticed that, and have launched a petition to shut down the website – for the positive reviews.
The petition reads:
Rotten Tomatoes has a very flawed aggregate rating system. Take for example the Critic’s Ratings for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (93%), Ghostubusters [sic] (73%) and Sharknando [sic] (82%). All of these movies got high ratings but from audience[s] these movie[s] got very low ratings. These movies are extremely hated by fans and general public. And most of the critics on RT gives favourable reviews to Disney blockbuster movies. One RT critic from Collider bashed the fanbase who hated The Last Jedi during a YouTube vlog. Many critics on RT are extremely toxic and they are unprofessional. The critics from outlets such as Mashable, Collider, Screen Junkies, THR, Forbes, IndieWire are extremely toxic on social media and unprofessional with their reviews.
RT has a very flawed aggregate rating and broken system. 3/5 score for a Disney film is listed a fresh/good review and the same 3/5 review score for nondisney blockbusters are listed as rotten/bad review. The Tomatometer system is extremely broken and unreliable. For example if a movies [sic] has aggregate critics rating score of 6/10 and another movies [sic] has 9/10 aggregate critics score. Both movies will have 90 percent on Tomatometer. RT is a horrible review aggregate site and very unreliable. IMdb and Metacritic ratings is [sic] more reliable site for movie reviews.The broken Rotten Tomatoes system can hurt the movie industry Becuase [sic] most of the audience watch the movies based on RT score. And their broken system is like cancer to movie industry and audience. In short RT will be plague [sic] for nondisney movies as RT score dosnt [sic] accurately tell which movie is bad, average or good.
Some of the points in the petition are true regarding websites and being unprofessional on Twitter (being verified on Twitter is all that matters these days) but a petition like this one is never going to be taken seriously. You might remember last year, when fans launched a similar petition to shut down the website after negative reviews of Suicide Squad surfaced, and yet here the company still is.
If you don’t like the reviews, just don’t bother reading them. Half of the websites are just doing them for attention anyway, so a petition validates it. I’m personally interested, however, in seeing how many people will sign this petition, and the overall general reaction of Star Wars fans – hence why the article exists.
What did you think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Were you a fan of the movie? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments!