Rotten Tomatoes Kills Dark Knight Comments
Batman fans freak over bad reviews
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2012 12:29 AM CDT
Updated Jul 18, 2012 2:46 AM CDT
"The Dark Knight Rises," starring Christian Bale as Batman, currently has an 86% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But fans were furious about critical reviews.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips)

(Newser) – Rotten Tomatoes has stopped accepting user comments on Dark Knight Rises reviews after Batman fans unleashed their fury on critics who panned the film. Most reviews of the movie, which opens Friday, have been glowing, but the minority of critics who gave it a thumbs-down have been the target of profane and threatening remarks. "The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether," editor-in-chief Matt Atchity tells AP. "It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn't even seen."

Atchity, who fears a similar backlash when the first Hobbit movie comes out later this year, says Rotten Tomatoes might switch to a Facebook commenting system to do away with anonymous posts. "There are a lot of options on the table," he says. "We may do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens." AP's Christy Lemire, who called Dark Knight Rises a "letdown," was one of the critics under attack. "Christy gives her opinion and we expect people will agree with some of her reviews and disagree with others," said AP's entertainment editor. "It's unfortunate when the conversation turns ugly."

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OooShiny
Jul 19, 2012 12:40 AM CDT
After Rotten Tomatoes "complained" about brazillions of hysterical this-means-war comments, I of course had to see for myself. But non-paid (general public) comments began in 2010 when the movie was announced, and went up through today, totalling 126 pages spanning 2 years of comments for a film not actually watched until this week. I was unable to sort these 12,000+ comments with recent-first. There was no blank page-number box to type a specific page number to jump to. There were no page-number range-group links for jumping several pages at a time. Only other way to advance through 126 pages was clicking an arrow, one ... page ... at ... a ... time. I gave up trying to see if Fanatical Fatwas of Fire were really issued against someone who dared admit going more than 3 consecutive seconds without experiencing explosive visual orgasms, or trying to see if Jumping Jihads of Death were unleashed on a blasphemer evil enough to admit not being able to understand a word of Christian Bale's barely-audible Bat-Whisper without closed captions. This seems like a pretty good publicity move for both Rotten 'Maters and the film, certainly enough to overwhelm, erase and make everyone forget all the bad reviews that came out first.
OooShiny
Jul 18, 2012 11:14 PM CDT
Bat-tards.
shaboom
Jul 18, 2012 5:41 PM CDT
Touchy superhero fanboys are such complete go-tards.