The Dark Knight Rises may be the most anticipated films in years. And then there’s the fact that it’s a Batman movie and that it’s the sequel to the very awesome The Dark Knight. Oh, and that a lot of people think Christopher Nolan is the best director in the world.
So when film critics, you know, critique a movie and point out problems and not all of them like it – well, there’s going to be a problem. Bat-fans got so pissed, despite the fact that they haven’t seen it yet and don’t know if the criticisms are worthy, that they started insulting film critics like AP’s Christy Lemire telling her go to die. In fact, they started blasting all the critics who didn’t like the movie, so Rotten Tomatoes has disabled commenting on The Dark Knight Rises reviews. That’s a first for them.
“The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether,” said [Rotten Tomatoes Editor-In-Chief Mitch] Atchity. “It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”
Unlike Metacritic and MovieReviewIntelligence.com, which are similar to RottenTomatoes in critic aggregating, Rotten Tomatoes allows comments. That may change though.
Again, from AP:
“There are a lot of options on the table,” said Atchity, who is worried about a similar backlash when director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is released later this year. “We may do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens.”