A tweet posted last night on the Gotti handle read "Audiences loved Gotti but critics don't want you to see it..." Now that's a rave review, and one that seems more accurate than many of these "audience reviews" on Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by former Entourage star Kevin Connolly, the film charts Gotti's rise from mob enforcer to head of the Gambino crime family.
This all leads to the suspicion that someone, perhaps the team behind "Gotti", is manufacturing the film's Rotten Tomatoes audience score. The numbers don't make sense.
The Gotti tweet calls out critics, referring to them as trolls behind a keyboard, but doesn't specifically point to Rotten Tomatoes. Film School Rejects even compiled a handy spotter's guide to the critics versus fans defence in 2017.
- Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) June 19, 2018If you didn't see my earlier thread - Gotti's user ratings on Rotten Tomatoes were extremely abnormal for any film of its size. Interestingly, a whole bunch of accounts that gave Gotti five stars are private. On one hand, it no doubt follows the gangster swagger tone of the movie, but to say that a bunch of critics, from separate parts of the country with little to no contact with each other, would for some reason choose to focus all their negative energies on one minor crime movie, is far fetched to say the least.
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The common denominator between the two films is MoviePass.
According to Deadline, MoviePass members may have accounted for as much as 40 percent ($668,000) of the "Gotti" box office haul this past weekend.
Others in the comments noted a suspicious connection to the movie ticket subscription service MoviePass, which partnered with distributor The Orchard recently, acquiring both "American Animals" and "Gotti". "We've looked into this and all of the ratings have been left by real users", Fandango spokeswoman Dana Benson said.
With Gotti now in cinemas in America, the film's marketers have taken an unusually combative stance in the face of its dire notices. But I don't have to give you too much credit.