Rotten Tomatoes has removed its pre-release review options for fans following some trolls deliberately giving bad reviews to Captain Marvel and Star Wars: Episode IX in order to tank their audience ratings.
Way to go, Internet. This is why no one can have nice things.
Instead, fans will only be able to leave reviews after the films releases. As for the reason to the change, the site credited “an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling.”
In addition to the change in fan reviews, there will also be a change to the polling for anticipation of movie releases. Rather than a percentage, the “want to see” score will now be tallied in real time. It will show how many people want to see a movie rather than show a percent that’ll make people infer how many don’t.
The examples of trolling have been going on for a long time in Rotten Tomatoes. Most times, like in the case of Black Panther, time has won out. In the cases of newer releases such as Captain Marvel and Star Wars: Episode IX, this onslaught of negative reviews and coverage of it has finally pushed the review aggregator to act.
Captain Marvel will be released on March 8th. Star Wars: Episode IX will be released on December 20th.
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