The negative reviews rolling in for Suicide Squad have some DC Comics fans upset — but not about the movie. Instead, a small but outspoken group is going after Rotten Tomatoes, a site that aggregates movie reviews.
One enterprising fan — Abdullah Coldwater of Alexandria, Egypt — launched a Change.org petition to shutter Rotten Tomatoes due to its lackluster ratings on movies in DC’s wheelhouse. The petition accuses the site of giving “unjust bad reviews … that affects people’s opinion even if it’s a really great [movie].” The petition has received about 3,800 signatures as of this posting.
Rotten Tomatoes, which tallies the percentage of reviews that are deemed positive, currently shows a meager 36 percent positive rating for Suicide Squad, based on 64 reviews, while this spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice settled at 27 percent on 344 critiques. To compare, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War garnered a laudatory 90 percent with 320 critics chiming in.
Incidentally, Rotten Tomatoes has ties to the studio behind the superhero films. Warner Bros. — which, like DC Entertainment, is under the Time Warner corporate umbrella — sold Rotten Tomatoes to movie ticket seller Fandango in February. Warner Bros. acquired a minority stake in Fandango as part of the deal.
Read EW’s review of Suicide Squad here.