SPLAT! A number of fans have signed a petition on Change.org to have the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes shut down. The petition says the websites movie rating system is heavily flawed and that the site is too biased in favor Disney films, the petition also mentions how the websites’ critics are rude and unprofessional.
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It’s not clear, as of this writing, whether or not these fans realize that Rotten Tomatoes is not a site full of critics, but rather an aggregate made up of critics from all across the web. It’s also not clear whether or not they fully understand the meaning of the Tomatometer, which is a percentage of reviewers who would recommend a film, and not an average of scores. This isn’t the first time the site has faced backlash from uninformed fans, and it’s doubtful that it’ll be the last.
Rotten Tomatoes was started in 1998 by Senh Duong but has since been purchased by much bigger and much more corporate companies. In 2010 the website was purchased by Flixster who a year later was bought by Warner Bros. In February of last year the website was sold to Fandango, which is owned by Comcast. Many folks also think that being owned by a movie ticket site can bring a conflict of interest with the integrity of the reviews.
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