Rotten Tomatoes is a website "devoted" to reviews, information, and news of movies. The name derives from the historical cliché of throwing tomatoes and other produce at stage performers if a performance was particularly bad.
It was always fantastic site for movie reviews in its first 6 years, which always gave a fair average score their Tomato-meter shows for all their readers.
The site was bought by IGN in June 2004, that's when it went steadily downhill. The whole site had to be redesign, making it harder to navigate though it. It also brought in a huge slew of ads, making it even more annoying to navigate.
Still, it was all relatively good. The Tomato-meter was still the same and every movie had their fair share of "fresh" and "rotten" reviews from all the film critics the RT staff can find all over the internet. RT is extremely popular, and they still cared about all their viewers.
This all changed around 2008. That's when it became clear that RT is only in for the business they can get off from certain film "critics" and the hits these "critics" get from RT.
It became clear that Rotten Tomatoes is actually ENDORSING a few trolls, most notably a very consistent one: a hypocritical racist named Armond White who makes sure any truly amazing movie nowadays gets chastised by him. All his rotten reviews consist of comparing the movie he's "reviewing" to other movies he likes (really terrible movies at that). He doesn't mind insulting and condemning the director, the producer, the actors, anyone involved in the film, and especially the fans who look forward to the movie. All he wants is hits his site generated from all the anger and hatred you, the reader, can give him by simply going to the NYPress's site.
And RT helps him greatly with that goal.
There's no reason why you should go to RottenTomatoes.com when they are fully aware that they will not remove scum like Armond White from the site. They even defend his outrageous tirades. And no matter how many cries they hear from their viewers, RT will NOT get rid of his reviews, because they'd be losing a lot of traffic otherwise.
Sad isn't it?
Go to Metacritic.com for something more fair. At least they have a rating system that doesn't give trolls much of an upperhand, and they are decent enough to not let morons like Mr. White to ruin the movie with his senseless ilk. There's no reason why Rotten Tomatoes should be around anymore if they are purposely letting trolls ruin real film critiquing.
So don't feed Rotten Tomatoes and especially don't feed Armond White.
A website that culls reviews of movies and generates a rating based on those reviews. Movies are either fresh (at least 60% positive reviews) or rotten (less than 60% positive).
The site also has info on old movies, video games. The site offers web community opportunities through forums and journals.
Before I rent movies, I check if they are rotten on rottentomatoes.com
An free, online compiler of movie reviews. Rotten Tomatoes generally compiles over 100 reviews for popular movies, and presents the average rating (based on the reviews that give stars) and the percent of good, or "fresh" reviews. If 60% or more of the reviews are fresh the movie is certified "fresh," otherwise, it is "rotten," hence the name of the cite.
Guy A: Did (MOVIEA) get good reviews?
Guy B: Yeah, it got a 93% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, you should definitely see it.