As a director, Brett Ratner’s resume leaves much to be desired. The “Rush Hour” series filmmaker who was also behind the camera for the likes of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Family Man,” “After the Sunset” “Tower Heist,” “Red Dragon” and the Dwayne Johnson-led “Hercules” – a resume which has varied in quality between decent and awful.
As a producer he’s fared slightly better with some success stories like “The Revenant” and “Black Mass” on film and “Prison Break” on TV along with several acclaimed documentaries.
Now, while speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival, the filmmaker made it clear he’s not a fan of review aggregation sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic for their single score becoming the de facto critical consensus on a film. In particular he has a bone to pick with the former:
“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore.
Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on ‘Batman v Superman’ I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.
People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’
But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
Rotten Tomatoes followed that up already with a statement on their site which says they make: “it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place.”
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