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Rotten Tomatoes

Film Reviews and Previews


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Published 11/23/2010 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most popular movie based websites on the internet today. Every day visitors turn to Rotten Tomatoes for reviews on old and new releases. The site also provides a great deal of information on each title as well as the top box office movies and others. Rotten Tomatoes also provides information on popular celebrities, DVD releases, film critics, and more. Users can also review media such as movie trailers and interviews. Overall, Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most definitive movie websites.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Rotten Tomatoes was founded by Patrick Lee, Stephen Wang, and Senh Duong in August of 1998. Even though the original founders are no longer a part of the Rotten Tomatoes team, the site is doing exceptionally well. Based out of Brisbane, California, Rotten Tomatoes has become one of the most popular movie resources for people all over the world. The site has received funding and expanded into social networking websites such as Facebook. In September of 2005, Rotten Tomatoes was acquired by News Corp as a part of a larger acquisition. In January of 2010, Flixter was taken over by Rotten Tomatoes (although News Corp retained a stake in the transaction). Today, Rotten Tomatoes is one of the most popular resources for film information, reviews, and related media.

What are the differences to other apps?

The size of Rotten Tomatoes has made it a first choice for many internet users. The site contains a great deal of information on popular and lesser known films. The team stays up to date on all new releases and features information on films, celebrities and more that the user wants to read about. By combining other media, such as trailer and film clips, Rotten Tomatoes offers a diverse library of movie information.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Rotten Tomatoes website presents users with what they want as soon as they arrive. Everywhere, films are highlighted, reviewed, rated, and showcased. Although there are a few advertisements thrown into the mix, they are easy to discern from the actual website content. The site features colorful screenshots taken from films as well as enticing highlights and statistics such as money earned at the box office.

How does the registration process work?

Users can sign in to Rotten Tomatoes through Facebook. Users may also be surprised to find that even when they do not manually login to Facebook through Rotten Tomatoes, they arrive already logged in on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The user can choose to log out if they do not wish to have their Facebook profile accessed by the site. A blue Facebook button appears at the top right hand corner of the website for users that wish to login. Those who do not wish to login through Facebook can click the white “Existing RT Member?” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The left column that appears includes a lime green “Register” button for newcomers. The registration form asks for an email address, password, first and last name, gender, date of birth, country location and Captcha code verification.

What does it cost to use the application?

The cost of Rotten Tomatoes is another reason so many users return to the site. Anyone can stop by and create an account for free. There are no subscription costs and no premium paid account offered at this time. Users can access movie related information and media for free. Considering the many other film related websites, this is definitely a plus to keep users coming back.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Rotten Tomatoes is a great website for the film geek as well as the casual movie goer. Anyone can learn about new releases and older films from the site. There is a wealth of information to help users decide which films to see and which to avoid.

  • Read reviews on new and old film releases
  • Watch trailer clips for new and upcoming films
  • Find release dates and information for DVD releases
  • Read about celebrities and comments form film critics
  • Check out trending searches to see which films are creating a buzz


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