An Inside Look into How Rotten Tomatoes Actually Works

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

14 Responses

  1. Thanks for your post!

  2. Steve says:

    “moviegoers consistently use Rotten Tomatoes to gauge whether or not they should see a film” & “Take for instance everyone’s favorite film of 2016, Batman V Superman”… You’re a real comedian! I never visit Rotten Tomatoes and never will. No point unless it’s to support their sponsors, which I have no natural born inclination to do.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Lol I try my best to add a little charm!

      Rotten Tomatoes is a great tool, but everyone uses it as a the end-all be-all for how good a movie is and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  3. rakioddbooks says:

    I’ve never used rotten tomatoes and I never plan to. I learned very early on, as a teen, that reviews and scores by critics were usually the opposite of how I felt about the movie. I don’t know if it comes from being a reader but I can tell from the synopsis alone whether or not I would enjoy a film. It hasn’t failed me yet. Now I can watch the trailer too if I’m not sure.

  4. Interesting! I usually look at the audience score because I think critics tend to be overly biased or agenda driven in one way or another. The audience score draws from a much larger pool.

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s all part of the puzzle. I’m startting to use Metacritic more because I feel like it gives a more realistic number.

  5. Very informative, thank you!

  6. M.R. Miller says:

    Thanks for the explanation. I did know RT was an aggregator for all reporting critics but appreciated the extra background. I’ve also noticed some of the disparities in the 3/5 being fresh vs. rotten. The thing I like to do with RT is compare the critic score to the audience score. If critic score is high and audience score is low, I’ll wait for the movie to come out on DVD so I can shut it off if it’s too “out there” for me. Similarly, if the critic score is low and audience score is high, I know it’s probably entertaining but not great storytelling. Probably a DVD viewing as well. I save my movie ticket money for films that have high marks in both areas.

  7. I find it sad that many people still don’t know that RT is an aggregator and not a reviewer!

    • Nick Kush says:

      You’d be amazed! I actually talked to ten different people before writing this and they all thought that it reviewed movies!

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