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Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is an American review aggregation website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 and since January 2010 has been owned by Flixster, which was, in turn, acquired in 2011 by Warner Bros. In February 2016, Rotten Tomatoes and its parent site Flixster were sold to Comcast's Fandango. Warner Bros. retained a minority stake in the merged entities, including Fandango. The name "Rotten Tomatoes" derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a poor stage performance.

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I've always gone to Rotten Tomatoes for trustworthy ratings, but maybe the reason why I disagree sometimes is because of how few women actually review the movies. Fewer than 20% of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes are women. So many factors at play here. Does the large number of male reviewers for movies skew reviews? Do men and women view movies differently? Are the critics on Rotten Tomatoes representative of the movie-going population? Should this percentage matter if reviews should be unbiased? What would an increase in female critics change? Theoretically, nothing should change, but I don't know if I would bet that movies would have the same ratings if the critics changed dramatically. Really interesting to think about.

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