Quickly, somebody call the police, there’s a murder in progress and the suspect should be easy to find. According to douchebro director Brett Ratner, they’re located at Rotten Tomatoes.
Entertainment Weekly says that Brett came hard for Rotten Tomatoes while speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival last weekend. Brett blames Rotten Tomatoes for stinking up the current state of film culture. Yes, a judgmental finger is being pointed by Brett Ratner. This is some “the call is coming from inside the house” shit.
Brett started out by saying he truly respects and admires film critics, and that film critique used to be a real art. But Brett claims that now it’s all about how high or low your “number” is on Rotten Tomatoes. Brett’s production company RatPac Entertainment co-financed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he’s clearly still stinging from the notoriously bad reviews and the 27% rotten score it currently holds online.
“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it’s the destruction of our business…Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.
People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
Entertainment Weekly reached out to Rotten Tomatoes for their thoughts, and this is what they had to say.
“At Rotten Tomatoes, we completely agree that film criticism is valuable and important, and we’re making it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place. The Tomatometer score, which is the percentage of positive reviews published by professional critics, has become a useful decision-making tool for fans, but we believe it’s just a starting point for them to begin discussing, debating and sharing their own opinions.”
I hate to agree with Bret Ratner, but it’s true that a Rotten Tomatoes score isn’t always right. Wet Hot American Summer currently holds a disgracefully-low Rotten Tomatoes rating of 32%. But Brett needs to stop crying about it. Batman v Superman made almost $900 million, which tells me that that 27% on Rotten Tomatoes didn’t really do much.
Brett Ratner vs. Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t the feud I knew I needed. I just wish Rotten Tomatoes had felt the same and played along. Rotten Tomatoes really missed an opportunity to hiss back. “He’s just jealous. The closest he’ll ever get to non-rotten tomatoes are the ones in his shrimp cocktail sauce.”