The website "RottenTomatoes.com" has deliberately suspended online comments after receiving threats to the film reviewers who berated the highly anticipated movie "The Dark Knight Rises" before it officially opens in the movie theaters. Harsh reactions and comments flooded the aggregating website due to the negative reviews of the film.
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The film that caused this kind of stir on the website is director Christopher Nolan's final installment in the Batman trilogy. Movie fans wrote profane and threatening remarks to the film critics. According to the site's editor-in-chief, Matt Atchity, the website has suspended user comments for the first time as a precaution to the threats posted online. However, Atchity said that by the end of the week, posts about "The Dark Knight Rises" reviews will most likely be restored.
"The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether," said Atchity. "It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn't even seen," Atchity further added.
There are other film review sites such as "MetaCritic.com" and "MovieReviewIntelligence.com" who do not allow posting user comments online. Sometimes, these sites just do not permit posting the comments before a movie opens in cinemas. Meanwhile, Matt Atchity revealed that the website is now considering a move with the commenting system like in "Facebook" which may cut down excess anonymous posts.
"There are a lot of options on the table," said Atchity. He is worried that a similar backlash will happen again when director Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be released this year. "We may do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens. It's unfortunate when the conversation turns ugly," Atchity added. "RottenTomatoes.com" is owned by the social movie site "Flixster.com" which is associated with the Warner Bros. company.
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