How Does Rotten Tomatoes Work?I never thought I would actually make this post but apparently some people don’t know how a website works so they need someone to explain it to them, I’m going to explain how Rotten Tomatoes works to the fullest of my abilities.
Let’s start with the average rating, on the critic reviews you’ll see a small (insert number here)/5 or 10 and from my knowledge, if you get below a 5/10 or 2.5/5 it counts as a rotten review, the reason why, for Doctor Strange, for example it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes but the average rating is 6.7/10, why is that? Well it’s because that a positive review could be 3/5 or 6/10 which a lower positive score so it rounds to a lower average, 5/10 or 2.5/10 is your average 50% on Rotten Tomatoes normally so Doctor Strange is above average for its reviews both in the Tomatometer and the average rating.
The Tomatometer works by the average rating. If the average rating is above 50% then it’s positive, if not then it is rotten, each review gets this and then it is worked out as a percentage, for example since Doctor Strange has a lower amount of reviews at the moment, we’ll use it as a example. Doctor Strange has 36 reviews and 1 is rotten so 1/36 * 100 = 3% so then 100% – 3% = 97%. Therefore the Tomatometer uses the percentage calculation to work out the percentage of positive reviews (reviews above 2.5/5).
A film is determined rotten if it earns a score under 60% on Rotten Tomatoes which means somewhere approximately around 50% of critics reviews say that the movie is 2.5/5 or under, a good example for this is Man of Steel. If you didn’t know Man of Steel earned a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes because 167/301 * 100 = 55.4% which obviously rounds down to 55%. The reason that that movies are still held as rotten between 50%-59% is that despite there are more positive reviews than negative because of how close the ratio of positive reviews is to negative, you cannot call it a good film which is what the tomato 🍅 means.
And just a small tid-bit, to get a certified fresh symbol, you have to get 75% and over which means that your movie is great.
Also critics do not review comic book movies on how accurate they are to the properties, they review them like every other movie, they look at the pacing, editing, soundtrack, score, plot cohesiveness, accurate source material does play a MINOR role in some critics reviews but to the general audience and critics, a accurate comic depiction doesn’t matter if it doesn’t have a cohesive plot and such. This is why the likes of Batman V Superman was rated so poorly because despite how it was a comic fans dream, editing and plot cohesion beyond other things was sloppy and critics focus on that rather than how accurate it is to ‘The Darin Knight Returns’. To go to the other side of the coin, Iron Man 3, despite that comic book fans were mixed on the Mandrain twist, critics don’t fully care about source material especially when things such as the acting, editing and pacing was really good in Iron Man 3.
Overall to end this article I thought I’ll put in the Rotten Tomato definitions on their site:
“The world famous Tomatometer rating represents the percentage of positive professional reviews for films and TV shows and is used by millions every day, to help with their entertainment viewing decisions. Rotten Tomatoes designates the best reviewed movies and TV shows as Certified Fresh™. That accolade is awarded with Tomatometer ratings of 75% and higher, and a required minimum number of reviews.
The Tomatometer™ rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers.
The Tomatometer™ rating represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
A good review is denoted by a fresh red tomato. In order for a movie or TV show to receive an overall rating of Fresh, the reading on the Tomatometer for that movie must be at least 60%.
A bad review is denoted by a rotten green tomato splat (59% or less).
To receive a Certified Fresh rating a movie must have a steady Tomatometer rating of 75% or better. Movies opening in wide release need at least 80 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). Movies opening in limited release need at least 40 reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics).
A TV show must have a Tomatometer Score of 75% or better with 20 or more reviews from Tomatometer Critics (including 5 Top Critics). If the Tomatometer score drops below 70%, then the movie or TV show loses its Certified Fresh status. In some cases, the Certified Fresh designation may be held at the discretion of the Rotten Tomatoes editorial team.”
– Written by @CinematicBanter with sourced information and quotes from Rotten Tomatoes as well as other outlets.