The “Want To See” rating of Episode IX is falling fast on Rotten Tomatoes, with negative ratings already affecting the films score, targeted in much the same way as Captain Marvel.
Heroic Hollywood take a look at the situation.
The yet-to-be titled final installment in the Skywalker saga is shrouded in secrecy, with a trailer not expected to debut until Star Wars Celebration in April. However, Episode IX is already being bombed with negative audience reviews on the popular review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
The “Want To See” score of Star Wars: Episode IX on Rotten Tomatoes dropped as much as 5% in a single day as a result of the fake review onslaught, as noted by Twitter user Bryan Young. Most of the audience reviews seem to attack directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson for their creative decisions with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
As with anything – Star Wars, food, friendships – go and experience it and then make up your own mind. Or not, totally up to you, but give it a chance. Star Wars was designed to be a fun escape from the grim realities of the mid 70’s, crafted to such a perfect degree that its magic still resonates four decades later. Life’s complicated enough without the trolls, gatekeepers and smart marks telling us what to think and how to think it, so make like the end of Return of the Jedi and celebrate the love.
UPDATED: Rotten Tomatoes have opted to remove their ‘Want To See’ feature, as IGN reports.
“As of February 25, we will no longer show the ‘Want to See’ percentage score for a movie during its pre-release period. Why you might ask? We’ve found that the ‘Want to See’ percentage score is often times confused with the ‘Audience Score’ percentage number.
“Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership.
“We have decided that turning off [the pre-release comment function] for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”
Going forward the ‘Want to See’ percentage score will be removed until the film hits the screen and will now show the total number of users who voted that they want to see the movie.