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The Trolls Are Out of Control

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood July 18, 2012 at 1:15PM

The Trolls Are Out of Control
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The Dark Knight Rises opens Friday.  Reviewers have seen the film, and the reviews are starting to come in.  It makes sense to people who process information intellectually that not everyone who sees the film will like it.  It's the way of the world.  Some things work for some people. 

It seems that movies about superheroes bring out the internet trolls in a big way when people criticize them.  Amy Nicholson from Box Office Magazine got major crap when she posted a review in April that had some issues with The Avengers.  I wrote a full post on this back when it happened.  Just to show that I am not exaggerating, here's one of the most offensive comments:

Bitch what the fuck is wrong with you, I knew there would be bad reviews from some people but not from spiteful assholes who bash shit for attention.

Now that The Dark Knight Rises reviews have come in and on Rotten Tomatoes there are 69 fresh and 11 rotten (as of 11am EST on July 18). Amy Nicholson wrote a review that is certified fresh, but had some issues and again she is getting trashed in the comments.  Some were so brutal they had to be removed from the site.

Here's one of the comments:

I'm complaining because a legitimate website, boxoffice.com, has a ridiculously inadequate film critic... probably only there to "be a female voice" instead of be a "voice that knows what they're talking about." I'm also complaining because I don't just look at the tomato as "fresh" or "rotten" but I actually read their reviews.

The woman spent the entire review doing a 10th grade-level essay where the prompt was "Compare Dark Knight with Dark Knight Rises" instead of "Analyze Dark Knight Rises." It's not a film review.

Amy is not the only one who is getting bashed on this.  When Marshall Fine of Hollywood and Fine and Christy Lemire of AP both posted negative reviews, the trolls came out in force and clogged up Mr. Fine's site in disgust and sent out death threats to both of them.

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