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Let’s Talk About Movie Rating Systems

Why the Rotten Tomatoes scores are confusing

A screenshot from a movie rating website where you can see a lot of movies with their ratings. Above it are three big red question marks to indicate the confusion.
How are the ratings actually calculated? Image by author.

Movie and series rating sites like Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Metacritic, or Letterboxd are very popular and a lot of people check the ratings before they watch anything.

Yesterday, I was writing a review for the Netflix show Lupin when I checked the Rotten Tomatoes ratings to mention in the article. But…

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Christian Behler

Christian Behler

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M. Sc. Computer Science and Physics, Indie Game/Software/Web Developer, Writer, 3D Artist, and too many other interests. https://pingpoli.medium.com/membership