– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi first started getting reactions from critics, it seemed like another slam dunk for Lucasfilm. However, as soon as audiences got their eyes on it, they were incredibly vocal about their displeasure for the film. Very quickly, it became a big story that audiences and critics didn’t necessarily agree on whether or not it was a good movie.

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Many point to the disparity on Rotten Tomatoes. While critical reception is at a high 93 percent, the audience rating is currently at a low 54 percent. Since it became clear that there’d be a disparity on the site, someone online took claim for creating bots and lowering the score. However, Rotten Tomatoes themselves stand by their audience rating system, saying to TheWrap:

“The authenticity of our critic and user scores is very important to Rotten Tomatoes and as a course of regular business, we have a team of security, network, social and database experts who closely monitor our platforms. They haven’t determined that there are any problems.”

This isn’t all that surprising. Given how passionate fans on our site alone have rallied against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it’s not hard to believe they’d mobilize to express their disappointment. That being said, it’s still up in the air as to whether or not this is a sentiment felt by the mainstream, or something restricted only to the most passionate of fans.

One evidence against this being a widespread issue is the A CinemaScore, which is the number one metric in figuring out whether or not general audiences are pleased with the film. While not perfect, in the past, it’s been a pretty good indicator of what most folks think, and what we can expect in weeks to come from the box office.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.