“The math ain’t mathin'”: DC Fans Ready Their Cannons Against James Gunn’s The Flash After PR Firm Allegedly Manipulated Rotten Tomatoes Scores

DC Fans Ready Their Cannons Against James Gunn's The Flash After PR Firm Allegedly Manipulated Rotten Tomatoes Scores
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James Gunn described Ezra Miller’s solo DC feature The Flash as one of the best comic book films of all time. As the movie neared its release, followed by several delays and a controversial year for its leading star, fans had huge expectations from it based on the filmmaker and the new DC head’s statement. Things only seemed better following the initial rating and reviews of the movie on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, where critics generally praised the movie.

A still from DCU's The Flash (2023).
The Flash (2023).

However, the critic score, which was initially 72%, along with its audience score, started going down following its release. As a new report from Vulture alleged that a PR company has been paying critics for positive reviews on the review aggregator, fans have now started raising questions about The Flash’s score.

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James Gunn’s The Flash in Rotten Tomatoes Scores Controversy

A recent report from Vultur has revealed how a PR company, Bunker 15, allegedly manipulated the ratings of the 2018 film Ophelia. It claims that the critics were paid $50 or more for each review and they often approached self-published critics. The movie initially had a rotten status with a 46% critic score, which later rose to a fresh status with a 62% rating.

Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes

The report also states that the review aggregator allows its users to rate movies alongside critics. However, following its deal with Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes changed how it calculated the audience score. The new method required the audience to verify that they had actually bought the tickets and were allowed to leave a review on the website.

Under the same conditions, James Gunn’s The Flash, which had been hyped to reset the DCU, also received a 95% audience score as of 6/14/23, presumably based on pre-release fan screenings. However, as the movie officially hit theatres, the audience score plummeted to 86% within two days of its release and has since dropped to 83%.

James Gunn's The Flash on Rotten Tomatoes
The Flash on Rotten Tomatoes

The report claims that the initial higher rate could be the result of “diehard” fans who might have given a high rating to the movie. However, it has now led many to question if the Ezra Miller starrer even deserves to have the 63% rating it currently holds, as they claimed that The Flash should not even have a “fresh” status on the review aggregator.

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Netizens Question The Flash Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes

Following several controversies, The Flash soon became one of the highly anticipated movies for DC fans, as it was set to reset the DCU as James Gunn intended. The movie reportedly debuted with a 72% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. While it is common for the ratings to go down after release, The Flash saw a drastic fall and holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.




After Vulture’s reports revealed that PR companies have been allegedly manipulating the ratings of the movies on the review aggregator, fans have raised questions about the 2023 film, stating that its “Rotten Tomatoes scores are way off.” Users also shared that both critic and audience scores for the movie are very high based on its quality, as they claimed that the same techniques could have been used on some big movies as well.


The Flash is streaming on Max.

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Source: Vulture


Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.