Are STAR WARS "Fans" Accidentally Review-Bombing A 2008 Movie Called ACOLYTES?

Are STAR WARS "Fans" Accidentally Review-Bombing A 2008 Movie Called ACOLYTES?

In case you needed any further proof that The Acolyte is being review-bombed, there are some so-called Star Wars fans who are inadvertently targeting 2008's Acolytes on Rotten Tomatoes. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Jun 15, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

As we write this, The Acolyte is "Certified Fresh" at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, that percentage is based on verdicts from critics, not fans. The two numbers frequently differ, but 16% is a surprisingly low score for a series which seems to have been generally well-received. 

There's been a fair bit of review-bombing on the review aggregator, Google, and IMDb, and the prevailing opinion is that it's in response to The Acolyte's diverse, primarily female-led cast. 

Some legitimately don't like the series, as is their right, but the most obvious sign that most of the reviews aren't the real deal has been exposed by some dim-witted Star Wars "fans."

As we first reported on SFFGazette.com, many of them have been review-bombing a 2008 movie called Acolytes, seemingly because they can't tell the difference between that and The Acolyte. Unsurprisingly, the third episode has led to an increase in fake reviews because it featured lesbians and a new take on Star Wars lore. 

In our review of The Acolyte's first four episodes, we concluded by saying, "Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before, The Acolyte soars thanks to its impressive cast, compelling setting, and a mystery which will keep you coming back for more. Now, we just need to hope the series sticks the landing."

In the past, Rotten Tomatoes has acted to stop review-bombing, making it so that users of the site needed a verified ticket purchase to share their verdict. Enforcing that with a TV show is obviously easier said than done.

How would you rate The Acolyte after watching the first three episodes?

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The next Star Wars TV series comes from creator and showrunner Leslye Headland (Russian Doll), who also serves as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King, and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers, and Rayne Roberts and Damian Anderson are producing.

The first three episodes are now streaming on Disney+.

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bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/15/2024, 12:37 PM
They need their stupid one track thoughts to be heard everywhere. Luckily people have a choice to listen
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/15/2024, 12:39 PM
I think the show is okay and meh, I hope this actually does service and builds out the Star Wars world, so far it hasn't.
mastakilla39
mastakilla39 - 6/15/2024, 1:09 PM
@bobevanz - Just watched the latest episode yesterday and wow the acting is so cheesy and terrible. The girls are supposed to be identical twins but kid osha and mae look nothing alike lol. Show looks and feels cheap. Lee Jung Jae as Sol is the only good actor, everyone else is wooden or terrible.

The fans aren't wrong about it being bad so far. All the critics who saw the 1st 4 episodes said that the next episode is going to split the fanbase like Rian Johnson as it is going to redefine the force and lore of the Star Wars universe, so I'm interested in seeing where it goes.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/15/2024, 1:49 PM
@mastakilla39 - Mae uses a candle to burn down a metallic/stone door lol
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/15/2024, 4:34 PM
@mastakilla39 - "wow the acting is so cheesy and terrible . . . Lee Jung Jae as Sol is the only good actor, everyone else is wooden or terrible." replace Lee Jung Jae with Ewen McGregor and now you know how the grown folk felt about the Phantom Menace.

"the next episode is going to split the fanbase like Rian Johnson as it is going to redefine the force and lore of the Star Wars universe"

They were actually saying this about ep. 3 and it did no such thing. But, yeah, maybe episode 4 is the one! Keep moving this goal posts!

ComicBandit
ComicBandit - 6/15/2024, 9:50 PM
@McMurdo - I've stated that the first episode was badly written, Second was okay, Third I enjoyed up until the end, but then realized that Mae had been corrupted by her soon to be dark side Master into killing her sister, while he/she killed the other Witches and burned the whole place down. He/She blames the Jedi for it and so Mae turns to the Dark side, believing the Jedi killed her people. Sol told OSHA that they all died in the fire Mae created so that she wouldn't grow up with hate in her heart when she found out what really happened and turned to the dark side.
ComicBandit
ComicBandit - 6/15/2024, 9:54 PM
@mastakilla39 - While I'm interested in seeing it to the end I don't think the audience score is the result of review bombing. A lot of the show is just bad. Mostly with the writing and some questionable character interactions and scenes.There's also a gross lack of logic in some of the more simpler elements for some reason. 4th Episode we will find that she used the Dark Side of the force to create them. I'm not sure what else it could be and maybe Darth Plagueis is and has always been a woman. Or non-binary. Not intended as a joke, or to offend anyone, just a theory.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 12:38 PM
Still calling it review bombing huh? 🙄

Only thing is it's kinda dumb they did that, but it's also an understandable mistake. It literally has the same name just without the word "the".
JackBurton1
JackBurton1 - 6/15/2024, 12:44 PM
@Origame - That dude never fails.. you knew this was coming for him.
ImBatman4realz
ImBatman4realz - 6/15/2024, 1:21 PM
@Origame - nothing to see here. Just Josh doing his typical Joshing, and getting away with it too
ImBatman4realz
ImBatman4realz - 6/15/2024, 1:22 PM
@jst5 - Josh is one of the must insufferable so-called personalities online.

How/why they let him continue to clickbait away and call it “News” is beyond me ☠️
JackBurton1
JackBurton1 - 6/15/2024, 1:28 PM
@ImBatman4realz - It's wild...they never do articles when it's "review bombing" on the plus side but since a massive fan base is letting their voice be heard over a turd... people like this dude have to run with the clickbait "review bombing" how dare they bs.

The Disney apologist have been exposed for awhile....and this site is ran by them.
Origame
Origame - 6/15/2024, 1:36 PM
@ImBatman4realz - yup. Always getting away with it. Nothings gonna change here.
TheyDont
TheyDont - 6/15/2024, 1:59 PM
@jst5 - Never or always? :)
Odekahn
Odekahn - 6/15/2024, 3:55 PM
@jst5 - yep. He’s predictable and always making excuses for terrible stuff that he wants to promote. “News” articles should just give the reader the facts and then decide for themselves. He’s biased and always inserts his feelings into anything he writes. Piss poor “journalist”.
TwoByFour
TwoByFour - 6/15/2024, 3:55 PM
@Origame - @jst5 - @ImBatman4realz - I tell you what, if you have a problem with someone's articles, tag them and open up some dialogue instead of complaining amongst each other. And it's completely in the realm of possibility to do so respectfully and maturely.

You want "change"? Take some action and be a positive force for change.
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