Director/Producer Brett Ratner Believes Rotten Tomatoes Is Killing The Movie Business

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03.23.17 15 Comments

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Hercules auteur Brett Ratner is not a fan of Rotten Tomatoes. In his eyes, the review aggregator is killing the movie business.

The writer/producer slammed the site while at the Sun Valley Film Festival. According to Ratner, it’s not reviews that he has an issue with. Instead, it’s the rotten vs. fresh percentage that greets the reader. He cited notorious site sh*tstorm generator Batman v Superman as a prime example of his issue with Rotten Tomatoes. Seeing as his company RatPac Entertainment co-produced the film, there’s a personal factor woven into this beef.

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” said Ratner. “I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. 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.”

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