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Rotten Tomatoes Mistakenly Declared John Carpenter Dead on His Birthday

Some people thought Rotten Tomatoes’ critic and fan aggregate scores for The Last Jedi were wildly inaccurate… but at least they didn’t accidentally declare anyone dead in the process! The legendary director John Carpenter turned 70 yesterday, and he received a birthday greeting he’ll likely never forget. To celebrate his birthday, Rotten Tomatoes cooked up an article featuring his five favorite films. The only problem is, when they linked to the story on Twitter, they said he “would have been 70 years old today!” Some birthday gift, huh? Here’s what the since-deleted tweet looked like: read more

Paramount Defends Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’… And So Should You!

There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more

How did The Shallows Earn a 77% Score on Rotten Tomatoes!?

The Shallows was released to theaters on June 24th. It made over $118 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, having earned a Tomatometer score of 77%.To put that into perspective, John Carpenter’s The Thing has a Tomatometer score of 80%. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Critics Consensus” is as follows:

“Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.”

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? After following the critical and financial success of the movie, I decided to pick it up on Blu-ray, hoping it would be more like Jaws and less like Sharknado. Instead, I was surprised to discover a movie that contains the following scene: read more

Mixed Reviews Greet New Blair Witch Film

Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project.   The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week.  The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.

Positive reviews such as Michael Gingold of Time Out indicate that Blair Witch is a return to form after the low rated 2000 sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Gingold explains that “The you-are-there vérité techniques that gave the 1999 horror movie such a frightening immediacy have passed into cliché, and there’s no way today’s audiences would fall for the original marketing campaign’s “It really happened!” pitch. So it’s something of a small miracle that the 17-years-later Blair Witch, essentially a sequel-as-remake (ignore 2000’sBook of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), emerges as satisfying in its own right and pretty damn scary.” read more