Earlier this week, film critic Marshall Fine did something very common for a man of his profession: he wrote a negative review. Unfortunately, Fine wrote a negative review about "The Dark Knight Rises," easily the most anticipated movie of the summer -- and then the storm came.
The Hollywood and Fine helmer posted the first -- and for a number of days, only -- negative review about Christopher Nolan's finale on Rotten Tomatoes. The piece struck a nerve with fans and, in just six hours, received a whopping 460 comments on the movie site, some of which even called for the critic's death.
Many Batman supporters quoted "TDKR" to get their sentiment across, saying that his "punishment must be more severe" or that they haven't given him "permission to die" yet. Other remarks could not be found in the script and were far more serious. One user expressed his desire for Fine to "die in a fire." Another ruminated on beating the critic "with a thick rubber hose into a coma."
So what did Fine include in the review? According to him, "There is very little about 'The Dark Knight Rises' that will make you tense, hold you in suspense or cause your adrenaline to squirt. At times, the action is so massive and thunderously clunky that I might as well have been watching one of the “Transformers” movies."
After the numerous threats that popped up on the site, Rotten Tomatoes tweeted a response to its followers, warning that users who post inappropriate comments will result in being banned from their site.
Re Dark Knight Rises - Comments that violate our TOS (i.e. threats) will get you banned from the site.— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) July 16, 2012
UPDATE: Rotten Tomatoes has banned commenting on "Dark Knight Rises" reviews. As RT editor Matt Atchity explained in a letter on the site, "Marshall has the right to not like the movie, and people have the right to express their disagreement with him (although if you haven't seen the movie, your arguments may be on shaky ground). And we have the right to pull your comment down and ban you if we think you're acting inappropriately."
UPDATE 2: At the film's London premiere, director Christopher Nolan defended the heated fan response, stating "I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate. Batman's been around for over 70 years and there's a reason for that. He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character."
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