Earlier this week, Marshall Fine called the final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, “lumpish and tedious” on his website HollywoodAndFine.com. Fine also didn’t think the film would do very well come Oscar season. This was the first negative review for the film, and blemished the film’s perfect 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fans didn’t appreciate Fine’s point of view. His review prompted a flood of abuse from Batman fanatics. One user told Fine to “die in a fire”, while another expressed an intention to beat the critic “with a thick rubber hose into a coma.” Another simply wrote: “RIP Marshall Fine.”
The response was so overwhelming that Rotten Tomatoes suspended user comments on a review for the first time in the history of the site. “The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether. It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen,” explained Matt Atchity, Rotten Tomatoes editor and chief.
“I guess to me it crosses a line if someone shows up on my front step. Otherwise everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” Fine said in an interview with Indiewire.
Most of the reviews for the film have been overwhelmingly positive. So lets all just calm down, and realize that different people like different things. Even if Marshall Fine doesn’t like the movie, it it really worth threatening his life over?