It’s often that critics and audiences don’t get along well on certain films. Venom, which released earlier today is facing similar phenomena, drawing different reactions from both the groups. The critical score currently sits at 30 per cent positive on Rotten Tomatoes while its fan score is around 89 per cent who “liked it.”
The critical score consists of a total of 138 reviews while the audience wrote tabulated more than 8,000 scores. By these standards, as the site explains, ” When less than 60% of reviews for a movie or TV show are positive, a green splat is displayed to indicate its Rotten Tomatoes rating and when at least 60% of users give a movie or TV show a star rating of 3.5 or higher, a full popcorn bucket is displayed to indicate its Fresh status.”
Venom also made $10 million in its opening night previews, already setting a record for October. The film will surely soar high at the box office, though how much money it will amass at the end is still difficult to calculate.
A similar case happened with last year’s The Last Jedi, which saw the two groups diverging in an opposite way. While the film’s critical score is 91 per cent positive, the audience score is just 45 per cent positive.
Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock has been reviewed as the best element of an otherwise confusing film that never manages to get its tone right.
Here’s what the site reads:
“Venom’s first standalone movie turns out to be like the comics character in all the wrong ways – chaotic, noisy, and in desperate need of a stronger attachment to Spider-Man.”
Owen Gleiberman at Variety described the film as, “Venom is a textbook case of a comic-book film that’s unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura.”
While Matt Singer at ScreenCrush adds, “You could almost convince me the messy tone was part of some genius master plan to make a movie that matched its title character’s disjointed temperament. Almost.”
Go watch Venom, if you haven’t.