Leave it to a mediocre director (who somehow keeps getting work) with poor “Tomatometer” scores to declare that Rotten Tomatoes will “destroy” the movie business.

Brett Ratner, best known for the “Rush Hour” film series, ranted at last weekend’s Sun Valley Film Festival about the “problems” with the public movie-grading forum Rotten Tomatoes, mostly for popularizing the numerical rating of films.  It’s an awkward, whiny diatribe largely about Batman v Superman, a film his company RatPac Entertainment happened to co-finance.

““The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

It makes sense that Ratner has ill feelings towards Rotten Tomatoes and modern-day critics, as his films usually score very low on the Tomatometer and tend to get bashed by the majority of reviewers.  Here are the lowly scores for the films he has directed:

Money Talks – 13%
Rush Hour – 60%
Family Man – 53%
Rush Hour 2 – 52%
Red Dragon – 69%
After the Sunset – 18%
X-Men: The Last Stand – 58%
Rush Hour 3 – 18%
New York, I Love You – 36%
Tower Heist – 67%
Movie 43 – 4%
Hercules – 40%

Of the dozen movies that credit Ratner as director, the majority failed to achieve a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  While this would be upsetting to any filmmaker, perhaps he should look at it as an accurate reflection of the public’s lack of enjoyment in his work, as opposed to a virus in an industry still doing robust box office on many non-Ratner films 😉



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