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article imageFans in uproar over negative 'The Dark Knight Rises' reviews

By Andrew Moran     Jul 17, 2012 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Movie fans, who have been eagerly anticipating the final conclusion in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, are in uproar over at least two negative reviews given to "The Dark Knight Rises." Majority of reviews, though, have been positive.
“The Dark Knight Rises” will make its long awaited debut Friday. Many critics have already gotten a sneak-peak inside the “epic conclusion” of one of the most successful superhero franchises in motion picture history.
According to, the film has an 84 percent fresh rating with an average rating of 8.4/10. Most reviewers have given it nothing but accolades, such as: “Bleak, black and brilliant,” “Intelligent, heart-pounding spectacle” and “Emotionally inspiring...”
Not all critics agreed, though. Marshall Fine, author and film critic at, received tremendous backlash for his negative review, in which he compares “The Dark Knight Rises” to a “Transformers” film because of too much action.
“There is very little about ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ that will make you tense, hold you in suspense or cause your adrenaline to squirt,” wrote Fine. “At times, the action is so massive and thunderously clunky that I might as well have been watching one of the ‘Transformers’ movies.”
Apparently, this review made many fans of Nolan’s Batman trilogy very upset. The level of Batman enthusiasts was so massive that Fine’s website was temporarily down Monday evening due to the traffic.
On the RottenTomatoes comments board, Fine was heavily trashed and received such remarks as:
“HOW DARE YOU!!! how dare you compare a masterpiece to a nonsensical CGI fest! Shame on you sir! SHAME ON YOU!!!”
“You either die with Metacritic... or live long enough to see yourself become Marshall Fine.”
“I hope you die.”
There were five other reviewers who gave the movie a bad review, including Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile, Christy Lemire of the Associated Press and Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail.
These reviewers also received the scorn of Batman fans.
RottenTomatoes Editor in Chief Matt Atchity posted a letter on its website that explains its actions of temporarily removing Fine’s link, the policies of the website and encouraged its readers to be respectful of everyone.
“But if I could ask everyone for one thing, it's this: don't be a dick,” wrote Atchity. “Even if you think someone else is being a dick. Just take a deep breath, step away from the computer, and maybe go for a walk. Have a smoke if you need one. There are plenty of other things to get angry about, like war, famine, poverty and crime. But not movie reviews.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” will be released in theatres everywhere Friday and advanced tickets are already on sale. For all of Digital Journal’s coverage of the Batman movie, click here.
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