Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

John Travolta just earned his third zero per cent Rotten Tomatoes score

John Travolta just earned his third zero per cent Rotten Tomatoes score

Take a look at a recent TV spot, shown on the Gotti movie's official Twitter feed, and you'll get a flavour of it: "Audiences loved Gotti", the clip's blurb reads, between scenes from the movie. Critics put out the hit.

Meanwhile, the film's campaign - as previously mentioned - sent out on Twitter a quick video promo (below), concluding with the following question: "Who would you trust more? Yourself or a troll behind a keyboard". "We are helping boost traffic to these theaters for people to see these great films". (Also, their "yourself or a troll behind a keyboard" line was presumably meant as a question, but there was no question mark, as fellow keyboard trolls probably noticed).

"Gotti" now has a 71% Rotten Tomatoes audience score as of Tuesday afternoon.

As a result of "Gotti" boasting its RT audience score, people are looking at those user reviews with extra scrutiny, like Screen Junkies movie critic Dan Murrell.

But the ploy to save "Gotti" at the box office may be too little, too late, as opening weekend profits peaked at $1.67 million. It's only based on 23 critics' reviews, because the film was largely held back from early screenings - suggesting distributors were well aware what they had on their hands.

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Is there something rotten on Rotten Tomatoes?

This all leads to the suspicion that someone, perhaps the team behind "Gotti", is manufacturing the film's Rotten Tomatoes audience score. It's just possible, we suppose, that those reviews flooded in from MoviePass's unusually keen subscribers. "See it today." MoviePass invested in the movie through its MoviePass Ventures subsidiary.

"That the long-gestating crime drama "Gotti" is a dismal mess comes as no surprise".

Rotten Tomatoes is owned by movie-ticket company Fandango. If it does, we'd wager it won't be thanks to its very odd marketing campaign. "Out of these 45, 32 have only reviewed "Gotti", 10 reviewed "Gotti" and another movie (7 times it was "American Animals" for some reason) and 3 had more than 3 reviews".

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