Star Wars Fan May Have Rigged The Last Jedi Rotten Tomatoes Score! For Real! Here’s The Evidence!

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We’ve never bought into any of these theories of Rotten Tomatoes being rigged.

First off, all they do is aggregate reviews written by other people. You can go find those for yourself and check their math. So really in order to rig the score, you’d have to bribe A LOT of critics.

But that’s the official score. The audience score is different.

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According to one “fan” of the Star Wars franchise, he found a way to game the system and drive down that other score (above, right).

As you may have noticed, The Last Jedi scored with critics, who ultimately gave it a 93%, whereas audiences are split with a 55%.

An anonymous Facebook user who runs a page called “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys” (delightful) has claimed he personally tanked the audience score using Facebook bots.

How? Well, RT‘s audience score is meant to be open to everyone. The only security feature to post your own score (on a scale of 1-5 stars) is to log in, which is protected by a reCAPTCHA confirmation to prove you’re human.

But if you log in through Facebook, they don’t even check. So this guys claims to have sent in tons of 0.5 and 1-star reviews to drop the score.

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Quartz confirmed many of the negative reviews were indeed from FB accounts created this month, many of which had already been deleted. Bleeding Cool even found negative The Last Jedi reviews on the page for The Shape Of Water, suggesting a “misconfigured bot.”

There’s another factor to consider. TLJ has over 121,000 user reviews already, after being out less than a week. As of this writing, Coco has only 16,469.

But Rotten Tomatoes themselves say that’s normal for a movie of this size with such polarizing opinions. In a statement, they explained:

“For Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we have seen an uptick in people posting written user reviews, as fans are very passionate about this movie and the franchise. The number of written reviews being posted by fans is comparable to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

We should note there are lots of possible reasons for the split score. First, sometimes critics just get it wrong! LOLz!

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Some movies are more challenging or unique and get more love from people who watch and study ENDLESS amounts of movies. Also, both groups are self-selecting samples; people angry about the film may be more likely to rate than those who went home satisfied.

Finally, expectations should be considered. A critic’s score of a C+ or a B- is typically seen as a “Fresh” review in RT‘s binary system. But a fan who’s been waiting for two years might see a B- as an “epic fail.”

We will say, this is by far the most evidence we’ve ever seen for tampering on the site…

What do YOU think??

[Image via Rotten Tomatoes.]

Dec 19, 2017 9:11pm PDT

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