Report: Rotten Tomatoes Named Best Movie Rating Database

Rotten Tomatoes has been named the most reliable and the most-fair film rating database, according to a data-led study by BacanaPlay, a U.K.-based gambling operator.

The Film Rating Study pulled the ratings for more than 350 recently released movies, looking at Amazon-owned IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, to determine which platforms featured the most accurate ratings.

Despite Rotten Tomatoes often being regarded as a cutthroat rating platform, the analysis revealed that it should be the go-to resource for an accurate representation of a film. This is because the database provides a more accurate representation of third-party ratings, including the fewest discrepancies.

The three databases’ reliability was calculated based on the average ratings critically acclaimed films — Academy Award Best Picture winners and those with the most Oscar nominations and wins — and any major discrepancies between recent film ratings.

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The study found that there was a 13% difference in accuracy and reliability between the ratings reported on Rotten Tomatoes compared to those on IMDb, with the latter also reporting up to a 33% lower score for some films than the other databases.

Rotten Tomatoes was also named the least harsh and most fair rating platform overall, based on the average ratings awarded to recently released and critically acclaimed films. The average film listed on Rotten Tomatoes holds a respectable 7.1/10 rating, while those featured on Metacritic are rated 11% lower with an average score of 6.4/10.

Rotten Tomatoes also saw the least fluctuation in film ratings when compared to the other platforms — while Metacritic and IMDb showed wildly different ratings for the same titles.

When it comes to showing preferential treatment of some genres over others, Rotten Tomatoes was as guilty of this as the other two databases, with drama films seeing a 53% higher average rating than action flicks. The biggest preferential treatment was reported by Metacritic, however, with a 53% rating difference between drama films and action movies on the platform.

The report suggests that people get a different perception of a film depending on which database they consult, with some platforms giving more airtime to unnecessarily negative reviews than others, which ultimately skews the accuracy of their rating platform.

“People should use Rotten Tomatoes as the true benchmark for gauging the caliber of a film — and take the other two databases with a grain of salt,” read the report.

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