But about a week before the movie's theatrical run began, a bunch of anonymous IMDb users began giving it low ratings, which caused its overall score to plummet. This wasn't the only case; it's also happened to other indie movies, like Other People and Demon. There's no obvious reason it's happening, either. It's evidently one of those things which make the internet such a hellscape sometime.
This is a big deal for independent films. While a lot of blockbusters are essentially review-proof, in that they have enough capes and cowls and marketing that their opening day audiences are more or less built in, small movies don't have that kind of anticipation or marketing budget. They need good reviews, and IMDb is the biggest source of them after Rotten Tomatoes. Whether it's for the lulz or because they're trying to boost the comparative rating of their own grief-based indie films, some trolls are causing real damage here.
Armond White Loves To Fuck Up Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Scores
Buckle up, because we're about to introduce you to the smarmiest and most rotten of all the tomatoes. Armond White is a critic who quite possibly literally gets off on being a contrarian. Whether it's providing glowing reviews for horrible films or bad reviews of terrific ones, White loves doing what everyone else isn't.
One of his most infamous reviews is of Toy Story 3 (which Cracked itself reviewed in turn). The movie had been carrying a shining 100 percent before White came in and took a big dump on it, possibly because he hates joy or was once forced to donate all his toys to charity. He did the same with Pixar's Up as well, seemingly to prove he can hate children and old people equally. In that one, he decried what he called "Pixarism," and pined for animation more like -- we're not making this up -- Monster House and Chicken Little. The same Chicken Little that has a 36 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
It's not just the animated incarnation of hopes and dreams he hates. More recently, White was the guy to break the 100 percent held by Get Out. It had garnered 143 "Fresh" reviews before he came in and left a "Rotten" one. Apparently because people were becoming wise to his "criticism," the only place that would publish his review of Get Out was National Review. The fact that he referred to the film as "get whitey" and claimed it was only produced to "please the liberal status quo" probably didn't hurt either.
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