With Captain Marvel out in theaters everywhere, review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes has restored the ability for users to leave audience ratings, resulting in a deluge of negative reviews for the film. The audience score for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film currently stands at 33%, in a sharp contrast to the site's professional critics' score, which sits at 81%.
A closer look at the user negative reviews reveal that a significant number have been written by new accounts with Captain Marvel as their first review. A noticeably large number of the negative reviewers have since left negative reviews for other female-led films, including last year's Ocean's 8 and the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.
Rotten Tomatoes had changed its audience score policy the week before Captain Marvel opened, leaving the feature inaccessible until films had their wide theatrical release. Prior to this, online trolls had preemptively flooded the MCU film with negative user reviews, citing star Brie Larson's comments for more diverse press coverage as the reason behind it.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.