Movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has disabled user comments and other feedback on unreleased movies after online trolls began bombarding "Captain Marvel" with negative commentary and "not interested" ratings.
Though this has been going on for the past month, "Captain Marvel" has yet to even be screened for preview audiences and is not released until March 8th.
Rotten Tomatoes also said it would no longer display prerelease “Want to See” scores for films. They note that the metric is often confused with its post-release “Audience Score” percentage.
Per Rotten Tomatoes: “We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date... Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action.”
Rotten Tomatoes said users will be able to leave comments and ratings as normal once films have actually been released.
While Rotten Tomatoes did not explicitly mention "Captain Marvel” in announcing its decision, it is one of several films that has dealt with prerelease backlash. Others: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and Marvel’s “Black Panther."
I have officially cancelled my ticket order for #CaptainMarvel in response to the change in #rottentomatoes website. I WAS going to take one for the team, because it's the #MCU. But #Disney , you can kiss my white, MALE ass. pic.twitter.com/9hHs3V5AH3— Shaun Stackhouse Reacts (@ShaunStackhouse) February 26, 2019
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