– by Seth McDonald

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.

What do you think about RottenTomatoes? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Change.org

  • MoyBoto

    Oh stop it.

  • J-man The Great

    There’s nothing wrong with Rotten Tomatoes but there is a whole lot wrong with annoying fanboys and their little hissy fits when RT doesn’t give the latest CBM a fresh score. BTW, that petition is up to a whopping 236 supporters! Thanks for your efforts in trying to save the world from such tyranny and oppression!

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Fighting the good fight.

  • TheOct8pus

    Here’s an idea: if you want to watch a movie, watch a movie – regardless of what reviews and critics have to say

    • Kindofabigdeal

      But that requires me to think for myself. How can I be sure that my opinions are popular and in synch with everyone else. (sarcasm)

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    This could have done with some proofreading

    “the petition also mentions the how the websites critics are rude and unprofessional.”

    “but has since been purchased by much bigger and much corporate companies”

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I hate much corporate companies.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I just got an email from Flixster saying all of the movies I own digitally have to be reached via Vudu. I am still unable to access them. Thanks for nothing Flixster.

  • I have heard so much about that site but never visited. I do not care about what they are doing over there. Thanks / Sweden.

  • elhonez

    This isn’t news. You’re going to report on a petition with 200 supporters? This isn’t the first time either. Petitions aren’t news. I could make a petition for anything I wanted tomorrow. I could make a petition for birds flying north for the winter. This doesn’t even have a fraction of a chance to change anything – RT is in no danger of being “shut down”, whatever that means. This is just pot-stirring, reactionary fanboy hyperbole b.s. Shame on you guys for this non-news clickbait. You’re better than this.

  • RadicalAgnostic

    More whiny fanboys.

  • Victor Roa

    so….. is anyone ever going to READ the reviews?
    To some people it can feel intrusive but it’s an agitator, it helps take you to other sites and see other points of view. Without it I’d never would have known about Armond White.

  • Mad Barchetta

    I’m starting a petition to require IQ test scores of 110 or higher to gain access to the internet. That should go a long way towards stopping the idiocy!


    Lol, I’m sorry but there’s folks out here that are that upset by the ratings on a film review website that they are willing to sign a petition for it to be shutdown? Like, that should be the very least of our worries now.