Rotten Tomatoes, film review aggregator, has been on the receiving end of criticism as fans of the popular “Suicide Squad” have launched a petition to have the website shut down following negative critic reviews of the movie.
These consistently unfavorable reviews for DC films have been occurring since 2013 after the release of “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill. After “Suicide Squad”’s release, DC Comics fans turned to Change.org, creating a petition titled “Don’t listen to film criticism,” which has more than 22,000 signatures thus far in favor of closing the website.
“Suicide Squad” received a 26 percent positive critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes despite being No. 1 at the box office, making $135.1 million in its opening weekend.
Brenda Buitron, sophomore psychology major and avid DC and Marvel Comics fan, said she enjoyed “Suicide Squad,” “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Despite the apparent fanbase, all three movies received a poor critic rating of 55 percent or less, also known as a “splat” on the Rotten Tomatoes
“Rotten Tomatoes did not do ‘Suicide Squad’ justice in ratings,” Buitron said. “The website is a biased, limited source of information, yet it is highly trusted by many viewers.”
The film did not do poorly across the board as Yahoo! Movies and The Guardian looked upon the movie favorably. These sites also gave other DC Comic movies, such as “Man of Steel,” better reviews.
“With dynamite trailers and the promise of a new Joker, ‘Suicide Squad’ easily lured filmgoers into its villainous trap,” Yahoo! Movies said on their website. “The film’s $135.1 million debut weekend displaced ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for the biggest-ever August opening.”
“Suicide Squad” was marked down on Rotten Tomatoes by critics for having poor directing and transparent characters while DC fans and many other moviegoers have had nothing but praises for the film.
DC fans argue critics take away viewers’ ability to judge a movies for themselves.