Autobots vs. Decepticons isn’t the only battle surrounding “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The movie, currently No. 1, in the country after making more than $200 million since its opening, has hatched a war between critics and moviegoers.
There’s a nice story in today’s paper that talks about it in detail, but basically: The movie has nearly been panned universally by critics, while ticket-buyers are loving it. It could be the worst reviewed movie to ever crack the $400-million mark.
The new “Transformers” only has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just 3% better than “Year One” and 7% worse than “Dance Flick.” Our own Rick Bentley gave “Revenge of the Fallen” a D+ in his review. But you only need to look to the comments of his review to see the divide: The fanboys are telling him to quit his job and calling him “pretty much the dumbest person on the planet.”
Wonder what they’d say to this review from MovieWeb.com? “This celluloid abortion should be buried in a vault and shown to film students as an example of big Hollywood at its worst.”
The question seems to be: Are movie critics out of touch with what moviegoers like? Or do people just like bad movies?
Here’s Rick’s one-minute video review, if you haven’t seen it yet: