Rotten Tomatoes disables comments on 'Dark Knight Rises' reviews
July 18th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Rotten Tomatoes disables comments on 'Dark Knight Rises' reviews

Ratings for "The Dark Knight Rises" have dipped a bit on movie review aggregation site, sitting at 86 percent fresh after a series of written standing ovations arrived earlier this week.

Clearly, a rating like that means the majority of critics were pretty pleased with Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, but as far as those who weren't? Extreme commenter backlash.

On Monday, Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down its comments on "The Dark Knight Rises" reviews because fans who disagreed with the few negative opinions were rabidly expressing their distaste.

Rotten Tomatoes' Editor in Chief Matt Atchity wrote in an open letter on the site Monday saying that he and his staff "knew full well that when the first negative review came in, the reviewer would get pasted in the comments."

And yet it seems they didn't anticipate the vitriol that was prompted by a negative review from Marshall Fine of, who called "Dark Knight Rises" the weakest in Nolan's trilogy, and a second unimpressed review from the Associated Press.

Fine told IndieWire that, like Atchity, he knew when he wrote the review that he was in for some hate mail, but he didn't anticipate the volume he wound up receiving.

"I really did not expect this level of response," Fine said. "I knew it would probably be controversial just because I was the first negative one, and the first person to bust the 100 percent always comes in for some negative response,  but it was like a tsunami." (A tsunami that also crashed his website for a time.)

The second fire-starting critique, written by the AP's Christy Lemire, led to "several hours" of Atchity and his team "removing comments with misogynistic or threatening remarks" from the review, and the eventual disabling of comments.

Atchity ended up updating his open letter to state that comments on "The Dark Knight Rises" reviews would be down for a couple of days, and he told the New York Times Tuesday that he expects them to be up and running again Thursday or Friday, once more reviews are posted and more people have seen the film to be able to have a fruitful discussion.

His advice to commenters in the meantime was to "Just take a deep breath, step away from the computer, and maybe go for a walk. Have a smoke if you need one. There are plenty of other things to get angry about, like war, famine, poverty and crime. But not movie reviews."

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  1. Ramona Bailey

    Nice and entertainment movie of 2012 and I appreciate main character of movie Bane and his costume...

    December 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BimboTek

    when mandy and her bimbo hacks kick into the convo you can always tell....

    the convo goes sour like her s-x life.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. jamestoscano85

    I really like dark knight rises and because of it. I purchase Dark Knight Rises Bane coat in discounted price and with free shipping. this coat covered with great quality leather....

    September 3, 2013 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo Tek

      Lets face folks could you picture her in that mask. Remember: This is Bimbo Tek trying too be s-xy

      September 3, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. He didn't touch my leg...he touched my wrist--4 poop

    June 19, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. This couple is having s-x


    June 19, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Carlos Downey

    I saw Dark knight rises Movie and now i can say that this is the best movie and i really like his costume in movie and i bought his costume after watch, from

    June 19, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gothic Wallpapers

    Usually I do not learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite great article.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. icons designs

    Bravo, what necessary words..., a magnificent idea

    October 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deepak

    “Rises” is an incredible film all around. The performances are Oscar-worthy and should not be brushed aside simply for being a comic book movie.

    The action of this film is incredible and should be witnessed at the IMAX.

    Go see “The Dark Knight Rises”, that is, if you didn’t already go to a midnight showing.

    July 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arthur

    I guess the question is what causes fans to completely obsess and feel they have to protect their investment in a film? why can't they just admit the times a movie might not be that good?. I wonder if kids from the 1970s were the same way as they are now but had not Internet to unveil themselves.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tonekinchloe

    We just saw this movie and it is unbelievably awesome! Like I give a damn what the critics say? This third film was great in everyway. Great cast which did a fantastic job. Bale's role as Batman has change that character forever much like Daniel Craig's take on Bond. Definitly going to see it again this weekend.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    Batman dies in the end, another one takes his place...nuff said. this movie sucks.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mxlplx

      And you didn't see it either, did you? Pompous buffoon, you just made your asinine comment to stir up sh!t.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alabama

      Its obvious you didnt see the film, it wasnt identical to the comic.. so hey there... stop being dumb.

      July 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack Clauss

    Hello gang.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Felix Thomas Clauss

    We will watching this great spectacle.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jack (Baby Jack)Clauss

    Batmans is really a super hero.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  16. duh

    another thurdsay on the forum with the moo rons

    July 19, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. nbafan

    The reason for the anger is the nature of these critics and their reviews. It is blatantly obvious they are dissing the Dark Knight Rises to make a name for themselves. Because once you read their reviews you realize they have very little to grip about. Then you see which movies they loved and you realize how stupid they truly are. Most of the negative reviews state that the movie is too long (nearly three hours) and too complicated to follow. If you can't watch a movie for three hours after you've paid 15$, then you've got bigger problems. And if the first two batman movies were to hard to follow, then grab a coloring book and wait outside while the adults go in and watch an amazing film. One critic on the site admitted that he didn't see the film yet but had the audacity to still give it a negative review.

    Enough ranting, either way this movie is going to do destroy the box office and maybe redefine what a trilogy should be. At least for super hero films.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You didn't read the entire article, nbafan - it's just a movie. Take a deep breath and maybe got for a walk.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • YesMan

      You realize that a good amount of these critics already make money reviewing movies.

      Do you remember the name of the guy who gave the godfather a bad review? Me neither (or anyone else in the world for that matter)

      You don't 'make a name for yourself' by reviewing a movie when you are a movie critic.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Really?

    Jesus, this is CNN, not some nerdy forum. You're doing exactly what the damn story is about.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. my first take

    To be honest, IMO the movie came across a little dull and corny. I felt as though there were several instances where the lines delivered held little to no weight on the plot and come across as weak and pointless.
    Movie lacked that true badass factor which usually oozes from Nolan's action scenes.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  20. ladyofargonne

    I think Rotten Tomatoes is an overly trafficed website. They act like a bunch of jerks overly taken with themselves. A critic is a vehicle not a destination. The fact that they gave Batman Rises a negative reviewed makes me more likely to see it.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. not a nolanite

    This is not surprising because Batman/Nolan fans are some of the most viciously rabid groupies on the planet. They will swarm any site they think has dissed their idols and have a long history of making threatening and hateful comments about critics, other fans and anyone who doesn't worship Batman like they do. Batfans spent four years making life hell on many fan sites by hurling insults at every other movie they thought might rival their favorite and trolling forums dedicated to other comic book movies. Their self-esteem is tied up in the success of the Batman movies, which explains why they go psycho when they feel that success is threatened in any way. The ability to make anonymous threats just emboldens them. They give all Batfans a bad name, but I'd be willing to bet that they're proud of that.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. joker

    i have seen the movie! its brilliant. critics are stupid, they dont know what they are saying.its definitely the best ending to the epic trilogy and just might be better than the previous one- the dark knight. my mind=blown away

    July 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Take. A. Deep. Breath. Please.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Comissioner Gordon

      I agree. Most critics think their job is to creative in saying how much they dislike certain movies. Most critics are so full of themselves they forget it's not about them. I just ignore the critics and make up my own mind. I go to the theatre once in a while, but usually wait til it comes to Redox or Netflix, that way if it sucks, it only cost me 1$. Critics suck.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  23. Lovely Day

    Just have one!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Amanda

    Ahahaha Achity or whatever's advice is hilarious

    July 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MāstūrBātēmān

    Czech mah dubs.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Starfire

    I saw this movie twice and it is the worst gleetastic pile of egxcrement ever. It deserves 5 rotten tomatoes.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starfire

      i agree with you my good friend. You are both wise and intelligent. This is the dumbest movie of all time. It stinks.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Lol you saw it twice to realize that its disgusting... Did someone hit you on the head so u forgot that u actually saw the movie once. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.........

      July 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      @ Starfire- you forgot to change your name when you replyed to yourself. lol

      July 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minutemaus

      Why did you see it twice?

      July 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minutemaus

      Why did you see it twice, then?

      July 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • fartstire

      Starfish ruined 2 seats with her shrimp taco. Hazmat team had to take care of the odor.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@lol

      L M F A O! That is too da mn funny. Starfire the troll didn't change it's name to talk to itself.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • £

      @jellybean – okay... You can come up for air now.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JellyBean@£

      Okay, I'm breathing now but, hey, it was funny. : )

      July 19, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  27. moon627

    Seems like everyone posting their opinions on the internet are so full of themselves... like people who talk too much just to hear themselves speak as if anyone gives a sht ! So many Blowhards !! JMHO – LOL !

    July 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. NuckyT

    Um, I don't have to see the movie to tell you: IT SUXX. Come track me down, you Batman-loving wimps.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |

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