Rotten Tomatoes disables comments as 'Captain Marvel' battles trolls before release

Rotten Tomatoes is making some changes, and with some users saying it is because of pressure from Disney in regards to Captain Marvel, they are clearing the air.

"As of February 25, we will no longer show the "Want to See" percentage score for a movie during its pre-release period", the blog said.

Following a number of news stories that blatantly lied to their audience about individuals "review bombing" Disney's upcoming Captain Marvel film, Rotten Tomatoes rolled out a new redesign for their website which removed the audience interest score for films that had not been released to theaters yet. Don't worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have. Why you might ask?

Aside from disabling comments, the website said it would no longer display prerelease "Want to See" scores for films, noting that the metric is often confused with its post-release "Audience Score" percentage.

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"We're doing it to more accurately and authentically represent the voice of fans, while protecting our data and public forums". In the past, Rotten Tomatoes has insisted that it was confident that people weren't trying to negatively game its system, and so it's good to see that the site actively paying attention to the realities of the situation and taking appropriate action. He also said that such adjustments are aimed when high-profile films such as Captain Marvel or Star Wars attract trolls, but as a whole, these changes are part of a long-term site strategy of the site. "(The changes) are not simply a reaction to, 'Oh, gee, there's some noise created around (certain movies),'" Yanover told. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and Marvel's "Black Panther" dealt with similar criticism ahead of their respective releases.

For Captain Marvel, much of the hate stems from Brie Larson's previous comments about having a more inclusive media presence for the film and pointing out the skewed ration of white male critics to those of women and people of color at interviews, set visits, and other press events.

What do you make of Rotten Tomatoes new policy?

The changes come after claims that some fans tried to down-vote Captain Marvel before its release date on 8 March.

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