Fox News reported on the results of a study by RAVE Reviews that compared critic and audience reviews of movies in order to explore the reasons for their biggest separations over in the past 40 years.
The end result of scouring Rotten Tomatoes’ lists of top movies for the data on their reviews is being touted as a list of the world’s most controversial movies.
The auditor of the study described the distance that exists between the critic and audience reviews is called the “divisiveness gap”, and the movies that top the list span from massive blockbuster films to documentaries on polarizing politicians.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” placed fifth on the list of 967 movies, with a divisiveness gap of 48%. The critics were responsible for a 91%, but the data compiled from audiences gave the movie a 43% approval rating. The discrepancy consolidates the criticisms that the newest addition to the franchise faced by both long-time fans and those that did not want politically correct characters and actions to be forced into the movie.
Despite having low audience scores, the movie reportedly earned $1.3 billion at the box offices, worldwide.
The top two titles on the list of most controversial movies are both strongly supported by leftist movements. A comedy lecture titled “Hannah Gadsby’s:Nanette” and a documentary following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez titled “Knock Down the House” both received critic reviews of 100%, but received devastatingly poor scores from the audience.
“Nanette” received an audience score of 22% while being criticized for not being funny enough but is passionately defended as a movie that challenges the patriarchy.
The documentary about AOC received an audience score of 18%, which was a gap big enough to secure its spot on the top of the list of Most Controversial Movies.
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Fox News continued reporting on the list of films that have a discrepency between the opinions of the critics and the opinions of the audiences.
In 1982 Steven Spielberg directed the alien classic “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” — but what the legendary filmmaker didn’t anticipate is that for his work, the project would rank atop the food chain as the most divisive film of the decade with critics scoring the Oscar-winning movie 98 percent compared to 72 percent from the audience.
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No. 2 on this list is “Broadcast News” (1987) and rounding out the top 5 is “Repo Man” (1984) at No. 3, “Hairspray” (1988) at No. 4 and the Martin Scorsese flick “The Color of Money” (1986) at No. 5.
Further adding to the trend of children’s films not sitting well with the audience but garnering praise from critics are the films that land at the top of the pack for the most divisive films of the 1990s.
Critics gave “Antz” glowing reviews and settled on a 93 percent fresh rating, while the audience balked at such praise and handed down a score of just 52 percent. And coming in third was 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project,” with “Babe” hot on its heels at the No. 4 spot.
Additionally, the study also compared the most divisive genres; it’s sufficient to say that the horror genre took the cake as the category with the most consistent large divide among the 17 genres analyzed for critic-versus-audience ratings.