Review aggregators have become increasingly important to both audiences and studios alike in recent years, so much so that aggregator score have even joined pull quotes from more traditional reviews on home video packaging. More than just providing a snapshot of critical reaction to a film, critical aggregators can be hugely influential in shaping the early conversation – and, perhaps more importantly, the opening weekend buzz – surrounding a movie.
And among those aggregators, few have the same sort of cachet in the film world as Rotten Tomatoes. And now, they have released their preliminary score for ‘Justice League’. This release comes a full day after the review embargo lifted, as the aggregator held their score back for an unveiling on their new Facebook show, ‘See It/Skip It’. But now that it’s here, what is the feedback?
The consensus to date seems to be that the ‘Justice League‘ is a fairly middle of the pack affair, as these things go. As of this writing, it can boast a tepid 40% on the Tomatometer. That’s… not great, but it is more or less in line with prior DCEU films. Notably, it is well ahead of the aggregate scores meted out to ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ (27% and 26%, respectively). For a lot of people, just being better than those two outings, may well be “good enough”. However, that does leave ‘Justice League’ lagging behind ‘Man of Steel’ (with 55%), to say nothing of the near universal acclaim earned by ‘Wonder Woman’ (at a staggering 92%) earlier this year. While it is a bit early to treat the score as definitive (it may rise or fall once the film opens and more reviews come in) it’s about as reliable a barometer as you can expect at this stage of the game.
Be sure to check out our review of ‘Justice League’, available here.
Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, ‘Justice League’ will serve as the flagship entry in DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe. The film will feature returning stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg alongside a slate of newcomers that includes Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Ciaran Hinds, and J.K. Simmons. The film will arrive in theaters on November 17, 2017.