Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season 10 Movies Booed At Cannes 10 Movies Booed At Cannes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Bat-Dorks Force Rotten Tomatoes To Turn Off Comments For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 18, 2012 at 10:21AM

Well, this just went from dumb to dumber. As you might recall, earlier this week reviews started arriving for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and, believe it or not, some people just don't dig Gotham. A couple of negative reviews hit, and like some kind of bat signal for the fanboy moths, they descended en masse to Rotten Tomatoes unleashing their vitriol on those who dared to voice an opinion that didn't declare 'Rises' to be the greatest movie of all time. Now standing at a rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site has had it with Bat-dorks.
3
Catwoman, Dark Knight Rises

Well, this just went from dumb to dumber. As you might recall, earlier this week reviews started arriving for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and, believe it or not, some people just don't dig Gotham. A couple of negative reviews hit, and like some kind of bat signal for the fanboy moths, they descended en masse to Rotten Tomatoes unleashing their vitriol on those who dared to voice an opinion that didn't declare 'Rises' to be the greatest movie of all time. Now standing at a rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site has had it with Bat-dorks.

On Monday, the site issued a statement requesting that readers "don't be a dick" in their comments section, and to act with some kind civility, but it seems the punishment will have to be more severe. Though initially promising to monitor all comments closely following the hate-fueled fire that blazed out early on, it seems it has been too much. "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 told the Associated Press (via THR). "It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn't even seen."

Oof. It's one thing to be a Batman fan, but these franchise obsessives are kind of truly embarrassing and this is the part where we'd make a call for some kind of sanity or reason, but clearly, the mental game of these folks is on a level that is impenetrable. But it looks the days of fanboys of any stripe shaking-and-crying on Rotten Tomatoes will soon be over. The site has already said they're looking at a Facebook-style commenting system that would eliminate anonymity -- or they just might dump them altogether.

"There are a lot of options on the table," Atchity said. "We may do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens." So we'll see how this plays out. But don't worry -- the IMDB boards are still available if you want movie discourse served to you from the lowest common denominator.

This article is related to: The Dark Knight Rises


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates