Vin Diesel and Valiant Comics are both eagerly awaiting the release of the Bloodshot movie, as their foray into the world of big box office franchises. However, as early reviews start to trickle out, the news is not what they want to hear. Bloodshot earned ratings from 36 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and they gave it a very low score. Only 38 percent of critics rated the film “Fresh” in the parlance of the site. The blurbs are pretty brutal. Most come for Vin Diesel’s lack of gravitas while others disparage the entire premise of the movie. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing for Diesel or Valiant. In fact, a low Rotten Tomatoes score might be just what Bloodshot needs in order to earn fan support.
A Low Rotten Tomatoes Score Might Help Fans Want to Support Bloodshot
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Rotten Tomatoes should be place where movie reviewers’ work is aggregated and quantified and compared to fans’ reactions. However, because we live in an age where it’s easy to unleash a toxic nightmare on an internet community, Rotten Tomatoes scores are suspect. For example, the most notable event of The Last Jedi backlash came when fans review-bombed the movie. Despite earning a 91 percent score from critics, the audience score fell to 43 percent. However, with The Rise of Skywalker, the critics’ score is a measly 52 percent, compared to an 86 percent rating from the fans. In fact, and this is the good news for Bloodshot, a low Rotten Tomatoes score from critics almost guarantees as high score from the audience.
With action movies specifically, critics can hate them, but audiences love them. Of course, sometimes they both get it wrong. The Clone Wars animated movie has low scores from both critics and fans. Yet, the series the followed it has high scores and is currently airing its final season on Disney+. So, just because the professional critics don’t enjoy it doesn’t mean the fans who go to see it won’t. In fact, it almost makes it seem more likely that audiences will enjoy it. Those who know about the bad reviews may have lowered expectations and end up enjoying it more than they thought they would have. Though, critics aren’t really the biggest concern for any movie right now.
Bloodshot Either Has Incredibly Bad or Fortuitous Timing
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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man kicked off their cinematic universe, in part, because it was a pleasant surprise to audiences and critics alike. Only the most passionate Marvel fans wanted this movie. So, when it came out, everyone ended up stunned at how good the film actually was. The reaction was so positive that the semi-flop of The Incredible Hulk a few months later didn’t slow them down at all. (In fact, Robert Downey Jr.’s cameo as Tony Stark was the talk of the film.) Naturally, this is what Valiant Comics hoped would be in store for their first feature. Alas, it’s not meant to be.
Despite the low Rotten Tomatoes score from critics, Bloodshot could still be a hit with fans. However, it might struggle at the box office as many countries across the world go into “pandemic mode.” So, if the movie performs under Columbia/Sony Pictures’ expectations, they might give Valiant Comics another bite at the franchise apple. If the movie flops (it’s not even expected to win the weekend with I Still Believe and The Hunt as competition), there are mitigating circumstances beyond, you know, the movie’s content.
What do you think? Do you care about the low Rotten Tomatoes score for Bloodshot or not? Will you still see the movie or are you staying in? Tell us in the comments below.
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