U.S.—Shortly after the release of God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, popular review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes announced it would now be allowing negative scores exclusively for faith-based films.
Well-reviewed films will continue to receive a “fresh” rating, while films with lots of negative reviews will continue to receive a “rotten” rating, and aggressively bad faith-based films will now receive the site’s new “putrid pile of festering garbage” rating.
“Our scale now runs from 100% for excellent films to -382% for most Christian movies,” a representative told reporters Thursday. “When every single Christian movie rated on our platform was getting a score of 0%, we realized that we needed to provide more nuance in our ratings for these kinds of films. Now, you can tell the difference between a Christian movie that will make your eyes bleed and one that will simply make you cringe with every stilted line of dialogue.”
The new God’s Not Dead movie became the first film in history to receive a negative rating under the new system, with a bottomed-out score of -382 and a “festering garbage” indicator, sources confirmed.