Suicide Squad causes controversy without anyone in the U.S. has seen the film yet
This weekend the much anticipated Suicide Squad hits the screens worldwide. The reviews have ranged from average to downright awful but moviegoers have voted with their feet and sent Suicide Squad straight to the top of the Australian box office, a small victory.
The much hyped Suicide Squad, which stars Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Aussies Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney, is also tracking well elsewhere around the world, and Variety magazine reports it is likely to take more than $160 million in the United States this weekend and a further $130 million from 57 other markets, despite having been slammed by many critics.
Meantime, a petition calling for Rotten Tomatoes to be shut down after reviewers criticized Suicide Squad is the wake of its box office success.
More than 20,000 fans have now signed an online petition on Change.org, saying review site Rotten Tomatoes should be closed, claiming it gives movies based on DC Comics “unjust” negative reviews and unfairly influences opinion.
The website compiles reviews from hundreds of outlets and then provides an average of those critiques, and Rotten Tomatoes does not offer their own reviewers.
So, people are rebelling against the site because it is not giving their movie a fair review. This is of course crazy, go to the film, if you like it great, if you don’t like it, fine. But this is a movie based on a comic book not something worthy of shutting down a website site.
Remember that the film has thus far average of about 4.8 stars of 10. Again, remember, that as I stated earlier, ratings on Rotten Tomatoes are based on viewer reviews of movies, with one user writing Suicide Squad is an “all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment”, while another branded it “heavy and relentless”.
Like the move, hate the movie whatever, leave the website alone.
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