Rotten tomatoes

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ROTTEN TOMATOES: Movies and Games, Reviews and Previews
Film review collection ( aggregator ) and forum
languages English
operator Fandango ( Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comcast )
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On-line August 12, 1998 (currently active)

Rotten Tomatoes ( English for rotten tomatoes ) is an English-language website that offers information and news and in particular collects and publishes reviews of films and television series. The domain name refers to the idea of ​​a disgruntled audience throwing rotten vegetables onto the stage in protest at a theater performance .


Rotten Tomatoes was started on August 12, 1998 by Senh Duong as a hobby project. His goal was to create a website that collects and displays a large number of US film reviews. In collaboration with fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley - Patrick Y. Lee and Stephen Wang - and a web design company, the website was operated full-time after its official release on April 1, 2000.

Logo from 2001 to 2018

In June 2004, IGN Entertainment took over for an undisclosed sum. In September 2005, IGN of Newscorp's Fox Interactive Media bought and sold in January 2010 IGN website to the company Flixster , one iPad - App produced as well as other programs for mobile devices. In May 2011, Flixster is from Warner Bros. bought.

Rotten Tomatoes members were able to create groups to discuss movies. In the group “The Golden Oyster Awards”, for example, members could hand out various prizes to films, similar to the Oscars or Golden Globes . When Flixster Rotten bought Tomatoes, all groups were disbanded. Flixster commented on this: “The group area was discontinued in order to pave the way for new community features soon. In the meantime, please use the forums to discuss your favorite films. "

From February 2011 new community features were presented and some of them were discontinued.

Since September 2013 Rotten Tomatoes has been rating not only films but also TV series.

2015 is considered a milestone in Rotten Tomatoes' influence on the commercial success of major Hollywood productions. This year, the marketing departments of large studios also used Rotten Tomatoes ratings in advertisements for the first time instead of traditional criticism, such as Trainwreck and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation .

In February 2019, the option to write comments before the release of a film was discontinued, as, according to Rotten Tomatoes , these are increasingly non-constructive. Furthermore, the percentage of how many viewers want to see a film has been changed to an absolute number.

Working principle

Rotten Tomatoes collects and rates movie reviews published online. Only reviews from previously recognized critics or the media are rated. Positive reviews are marked with a fresh (small icon of a red tomato), negative reviews are classified as rotten and highlighted by green, cracked tomatoes. If the reviewer has not given a mathematically usable grade or number of points, the editors derive a quantified evaluation from the text of the review. All rated reviews are listed with short quotations, references and direct links.

In the case of well-known films, the number of reviews can rise to well over 300, in individual cases even to over 500. If a film / game is rated more than 60% positively, a fresh is awarded, if not, a film is rotten . Since 2000, Golden Tomato Awards have been given annually for the best-reviewed films of the previous year. ("The Golden Tomato Awards pay tribute to the best-reviewed films of the previous year as determined by the website")


The following evaluation rules apply:

  • If a film receives more than 75% positive reviews, it is marked as “ certified fresh ” and marked with a red tomato.
  • Between 70% and 75% the film can still be described as "guaranteed fresh" if it has received a particularly large number of reviews.
  • Between 60% and 70% (if necessary, to 75%), the film as the "fresh" (fresh) classified and gives a red tomato.
  • Below 60% positive reviews the film is called "rot" (rotten) characterized and classified with a green, burst tomato.

With the help of Rotten Tomatoes, you can get a quick overview of the reviews of a film that this website accesses for the rating.

Opinions from the public are also collected for purely informative purposes without influencing the rating. If the public opinion is 60% or more positive, this is indicated by a filled cup of popcorn. If the audience opinion is less than 60% positive, an almost empty, knocked over cup of popcorn is displayed.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Warner Bros. Press Release - WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ACQUIRE FLIXSTER . In: , accessed on August 18, 2013 (English)
  2. Fresh Look For Rotten Tomatoes . In: , April 26, 2000 , accessed on August 18, 2013 (English)
  3. Interview with Senh Duong . In: , August 19, 1999 , accessed August 18, 2013 (English)
  4. Tim Ryan: An Oral History of RT, Part One: The Beginning . In: , June 23, 2008 , accessed on August 18, 2013 (English)
  5. Fresh: IGN Buys Rotten Tomatoes . In: , June 30, 2004 , accessed on August 18, 2013 (English)
  6. ^ News Corp. Acquires IGN for $ 650 million . In: , September 10, 2005 , accessed on August 18, 2013 (English)
  7. Flixster buys Rotten Tomatoes . In: , January 4, 2010 , accessed August 18, 2013 (English)
  8. Rotten Tomatoes to Give 'Fresh' Ratings to TV Shows (EXCLUSIVE) . In: Variety , September 16, 2013 , accessed on September 17, 2013
  9. Summer Box Office: How Movie Tracking Went Off the Rails . In: The Hollywood Reporter . ( [accessed October 17, 2016]).
  10. After "Captain Marvel" drama: Rotten Tomatoes reacts to hate comments before the cinema release. February 26, 2019, accessed February 27, 2019 .
  11. Continuing the Conversation: Rotten Tomatoes Responds to Filmmaker Complaints | Movie News | In: Retrieved October 17, 2016 .