The Last Jedi's Rotten Tomatoes Controversy

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Published: December 18, 2017

Fans and critics are severely split between loving and hating the Star Wars franchise's latest film The Last Jedi which broke records this weekend, making $450 million worldwide, but there’s controversy about reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The 96% top critics score is the site’s highest ever but over 104,000 fan reviews differ intensely. It’s the franchise’s biggest split and just got a Disney Exec to issue a response. “It’s got people talking, puzzling over its miseries and it’s a lot to take in and we see that as as all positive”, said Dave Hollis.

At least it’s not 1999s The Phantom Menace where critics and fans agreed that it was jarringly bad. What are your thoughts on this sequel?

On Rotten Tomatoes, Last Jedi‘s user score is also an anomaly. Typically, user scores aren’t that far from their critical ratings. Simply put these are all unscientific means of measuring audience reactions. Anyone can log into these sites several times and weigh down the audience grades against a movie. The consensus from non-Disney sources this morning is that “trolling” occurred here in regards to the online reaction to Last Jedi.

In addition, there’s no way to filter on these sites whether or not the users have actually seen Last Jedi or not. In fact, one Facebook user with the page “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Fanboys” is laying claim to creating bot accounts that are hacking into the Rotten Tomatoes user score for Last Jedi.

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