Woe unto Marshall Fine, the film critic whose negative review of the massively anticipated Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, was the first negative one to hit the review-aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes. Fine now faces the extreme wrath of the film's defenders, almost all of whom, we presume, haven't seen the movie, which doesn't premiere until this weekend. There are, as of this writing, 550 comments on the Rotten Tomatoes post about his review. Many of them are enraged. This has prompted Rotten Tomatoes to tweet a reminder that "Comments that violate our TOS (i.e. threats) will get you banned from the site." (Deleted comments so far include "die in a fire." Charming.)
Fine, a former Gannett News reviewer, posted his review to his site Hollywood and Fine, saying of the film, "At times, the action is so massive and thunderously clunky that I might as well have been watching one of the Transformers movies." (His site has crashed as of this writing, so we're using the excerpt Rotten Tomatoes pulled out.) Thus did his "rotten tomato" sully an otherwise perfect record for the film thus far; 27 positive reviews to Fine's one "rotten" review, if you're counting.