Opening day isn’t quite over yet, but it’s already abundantly clear that while for most films there is a strong correlation between critics response and audience response — not so for Legend of Tarzan. LOT is currently stuck on 34% critics rating on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, which means that if audiences were tracking with the critics, the audience rating would be in the same range. But it’s not. Audience rating is a very healthy 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 7.2/10 on IMDB. How does that compare?
Legend of Tarzan: 34% Critics, 72% Fans, 7.2 IMDB Rating
Independence Day Resurgence: 32% Critics, 37% Fans, 5.6 IMDB Rating
Purge Election Day: 57% Critics, 69% Fans, 6.8 IMDB Rating
The BFG: 72% Critics, 68% Fans, 7.2 IMDB Rating
Central Intelligence: 67% Critics, 71% Fans, 6.9 IMDB Rating
Here’s how that looks on a graph:
So what’s up with that?
I have a theory, but I need to sleep on it. I also want to see the Cinemascore audience ratings, which will come out tomorrow.
But yeah, critics and audiences don’t agree.
On other observation — LOT has garnered some very favorable reviews from some of the most important and influential publications — New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood, Village Voice, to name a few. True, other influential pubs have jumped on the trash Tarzan bandwagon. But one New York Times is worth about ten Detroit Free Press reviews. (No offense to DFP, but you get my drift.)
Anyway, food for thought.