Gotti Ad Attack Critics; Makes 40% of Opening Weekend Profits from MoviePass

Brenda Watkins
June 20, 2018

Who do you trust? The question is why??? But that's suspicious; as Mashable's Kellen Beck notes, the film hasn't actually been seen by many people, and many of its reviews come from either private accounts or accounts that have only reviewed a couple of other things, raising questions about if this is an attempt to manipulate the scores. The movie's official Twitter called out critics in a tweet Monday night, tweeting "audiences loved Gotti but critics don't want you to see it..." Critics put out the hit. "Yourself or a Troll Behind a Keyboard".

Despite the negative reviews, the movie holds a 79 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

"What is shocking to me is that 80 percent of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 out of 5 of them on Fandango liked the film", Gotti's publicity boss Dennis Rice told THR.

John Travolta stars in a new movie Gotti that has been incredibly panned by the critics.

"Gotti" is the second movie MoviePass has invested in through MoviePass Ventures.

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There were even a couple of accounts that had only reviewed two movies: "Gotti" and "American Animals", another (better reviewed) MoviePass-funded film.

Variety's review of "Gotti" attached near-praise to Travolta's performance but smeared the film overall. A glance at Rotten Tomatoes, meanwhile, suggests that Gotti's building up an immediate cult following. If it does, we'd wager it won't be thanks to its very unusual marketing campaign. This is now obviously part of a concerted marketing strategy to discredit its abysmal reviews and paint critics as out of touch. "Out of these 45, 32 have only reviewed "Gotti", 10 reviewed "Gotti" and another movie (7 times it was "American Animals" for some reason) and 3 had more than 3 reviews".

It wouldn't be unheard of for a movie's Rotten Tomatoes audience score to be the topic of confusion.

MoviePass did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Gotti reviews.

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