The internet has made it easy for various petitions to gather support across social media platforms, and there can be petitions championing any cause that get support from those who are supportive of the opinion expressed by the petition’s creator. The Last Jedi has caused a great deal of controversy among fans, and has led to a large number of petitions. The latest petition is demanding that Rotten Tomatoes must be shut down considering the extent of a movie’s audience score is different from the critical score, and claimed that the website “”has a very flawed aggregate rating and broken system.”
So far this petition has got 30 signatures out of the goal of 100, and it gives an explanation that the site, which just gathers information from various reviews posted on countless websites across the world, should be removed for providing information which in the opinion of the petition creator is incorrect.
This is what the petition says:
“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 the general public. And most of the critics on RT gives favorable 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 movie [sic] has aggregate critics rating score of 6/10 and another movie [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.”
Fortunately, the petition creator has listed other portals which as suggested have a more dependable rating system for viewers to check.
The Last Jedi had faced another petition after its release, demanding the movie’s removal from the official Star Wars saga canon as the audience was unhappy with the information given about Luke’s backstory. The Last Jedi currently has a 92% rating from critics and 52% from the audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
This is not the first time for a call to shut down Rotten Tomatoes being heard. Even the Suicide Squad last summer received such a large number of negative reviews that there was a petition with more than 15000 signatures, trying to get the site shut down.
If you want, you can sign this petition here.
The Last Jedi is currently playing in theaters all over the world.