Something strange is happening with the new John Travolta mob movie Gotti. After getting a 0% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 28 reviews, the movie had an impressively inverse 74% rating on the same site from audience members. That might not seem like much, but there were 6,900 audience ratings, a curiously high number for a movie no-one has seen.
The Incredibles 2, for example, had 7,400 ratings. But the plot thickens. After the massive gulf in audience/critic opinion, the official Twitter account for the movie uploaded the following trailer…
Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself! pic.twitter.com/K6a9jAO4UH
— Gotti Film (@Gotti_Film) June 19, 2018
Fucking hilarious! The balls on these people, it’s true to the film’s theme as far as marketing goes. No wise-guy antics there at all. The trailer says the critic response was a ‘hit’ put out by ‘trolls behind a keyboard’, and that you should trust the 6,900 user reviews on RT.
Most of those users, by the way, according sleuths of Reddit, only signed up to RT this month. Most of them hadn’t reviewed any other movies. The few who did slipped a positive nod to American Animals, another movie co-released by MoviePass Ventures, a film acquisition and marketing arm of theater subscription pass service MoviePass, also behind this movie.
So what we can take from this is that Gotti is set to be one of the greatest movies of the ages, because it spurred thousands to take to the internet and create new accounts in order to relay how much they adore it.
Okay, I’ll just come out and say it. Some party involved with Gotti artificially manipulated the audience scores and they’re now using it as a marketing strategy. The numbers don’t make sense. Even if that weren’t true, this is a divisive & desperate way to sell a film. https://t.co/Q5jznjNRSx
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) June 19, 2018
For sure though, RT is denying it. Rotten Tomatoes is owned by movie-ticket company Fandango. “We’ve looked into this and all of the ratings have been left by real users,” Fandango spokeswoman Dana Benson said. Could it be that conceding rigging on this movie would compel her to concede that other, larger movies have also been targeted?