Rotten Tomatoes has become the accepted barometer when trying to figure out if a movie is worth dropping your hard-earned cash on. For the last couple days, Get Out sat on top of the "tomatometer" as it obtained 143 "fresh" reviews, each reviewer giving the movie a high rating. For those of you keeping track at home, that means the movie had a perfect 100 percent rating; something unheard of during this day-in-age when internet trolls roam freely.
The positive hype surrounding the movie drove scores of people to the theater this weekend to see what writer/director Jordan Peele's horrific mind conjured up. So many people went to see #GetOut that the movie skyrocketed to No. 1 at the box office, raking in over $33 million and knocking The Lego Batman Movie to No. 2.
Things were looking good for Get Out until Rotten Tomatoes reviewer Armond White went against the grain (as he always does) and rated the movie a green-squashed tomato, dropping Get Out to a 99 percent rating.
Not Even A Space Ranger Is Impervious To The Criticism
This isn't the first time that the First Amendment-touting reviewer dropped a movie from 100 percent to 99 percent. Back in 2010, Mr. White was the first to rate Toy Story 3 a rotten tomato saying:
'Toy Story 3' is so besotted with brand names and product-placement that it stops being about the innocent pleasures of imagination — the usefulness of toys — and strictly celebrates consumerism.
Amazingly, Mr. White has reviewed 668 movies on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered an approved critic, meaning his ratings affect the tomatometer. Looking through his ratings, it appears that not many movies that appeal to the masses register as fresh. Some recent films that received the rotten rating are critically acclaimed, including:
However, some movies that critics did not find great, Mr. White found to be worthy of the fresh rating like:
Are critics like Mr. White the troll we think they are, or are they trying to shed light on the hive-mind thinking of the masses? Regardless, it looks like Mr. White is alone in his stand against Get Out.