‘Dark Knight Rises’ Critics Getting Death Threats

It seems that people are very very serious about their love of all things Batman. Oddly enough (or as per usual?), critics are receiving death threats after their not-so-positive reviews of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Marshall Fine, a film critic who posted his review of the Batman finale, received death threats on Rotten Tomatoes and on his website, Hollywood and Fine, which crashed due to high traffic.

“I guess to me it crosses a line if someone shows up on my front step,” said Fine about film fanatics.

Also, Rotten Tomatoes had to shut down the comments on its site due to the heavy traffic and their inability to control the slew of comments.

“The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether,” explained the site’s editor Matt Atchity. “It just got to be too much hate based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”

Fans are not only upset about the unfavorable reviews, but they’re also fuming over the movie spoilers.

“We may do away with comments completely or get to a place where comments are only activated after a movie opens,” said Atchity.

Fine described parts of the movie as “nonsensical” and Roger Ebert writes that the first half was confusing: “… in the first half of the film during which, frankly, I was not entirely sure who was doing what and with which and to whom.”

So far, The Dark Night Rises scored 86 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie premieres on July 20 (like you didn’t already know).

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