‘Suicide Squad’ Fans Petition To Take Down Rotten Tomatoes Over Bad Reviews
You would think the same people that would be fans of the movie Suicide Squad would understand how the internet works.
If you’re unfamiliar with the site, Rotten Tomatoes is an aggregator of sorts that allows fans and critics to post their thoughts on films. It doesn’t actually do the reviews itself, it just serves as a central location for you to get a quick peak at whether a film is worth watching. Suicide Squad is not — at least according to critics.
Abdullah Coldwater, the DC Comics fan who drafted the petition, accused the site of giving “unjust bad reviews” that “affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great [movie].”
He added, “Critics always give The DC Extended Universe movies unjust bad reviews.”
The petition has received over 13,000 signatures as of this post.
“Suicide Squad,” which stars Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie and is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the summer, currently has an approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 34 percent.
With the film’s mediocre reviews, media outlets are questioning if it will survive for a record-breaking weekend at the box office. Variety‘s Brent Lang wrote, “Regardless of the frosty critical reception, ‘Suicide Squad’ will annihilate the competition” and “rank as the biggest ever debut for Will Smith.”
Following the petition’s initial posting, Coldwater revised his comments about Rotten Tomatoes: “A petition definitely won’t shut down the site. The aim of the petition is to deliver a message to the critics that there is a lot of people disagree with their reviews.”