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Critics vs. Public - The Battle of Opinions for Middle-earth

The Tolkien series "The Rings of Power" is reaping acclaim.

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Critics vs. Public - The Battle of Opinions for Middle-earth

The Tolkien series "The Rings of Power" is reaping acclaim. You can read about it wherever you want. Oh really?

If you went to the reviews platform "Rotten Tomatoes" - the largest of its kind in the world - at the weekend, 83 percent of the professional critics were enthusiastic, but only 37 percent of the audience reviews (in words: thirty-seven!). This is a value that even the worst films by Uwe Boll, the "worst director in the world", have regularly exceeded.

Which brings us back to the notorious unreliability of such numerical judgments (but which many rely on when wondering whether to watch a movie). Because whole troll armies can be at work.

There are two types of trolling: film production companies employ trolls to credit their films, and online counter-trolling is used for controversial films.

The assumption is that Tolkien fans do not like the consistently diverse cast of characters. This is also expressed in some of the audience reviews, but by far not in the majority.

Most users refer to the script ('terrible!'), pacing ('fast as a glacier!'), dialogue ('puffy!'), and acting ('embarrassing!'). Only for the pictures falls one or the other praise.

Now it cannot be ruled out that some criticism, which is actually aimed at diversity, is hidden behind unfriendly words about the design. However, Amazon - which has invested $1 billion in its Tolkien project - has suspended audience ratings on its website to "weed out trolls".

The ratings on the IMDB (which also belongs to Amazon) are around 60 percent, but Uwe Boll has achieved that more often. What is striking is the polarization between either zero or ten points. There are hardly any reviews in the middle.

One can therefore assume that there will be a violent storm of opinion over Middle-earth. Whichever troll army emerges victorious, forget about attempting to capture movies in one number.

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