Homophobes can’t let a gay movie win.
Users who haven’t even seen Billy Eichner’s new gay rom-com Bros are review bombing the film, giving it one-star reviews on IMDb, bringing the movie’s rating down to a 5.5/10 on the site.
Right now as of writing, Bros has 678 reviews on IMDB, and a whopping 312 are one-star reviews, that have pretty clearly come from people who haven’t even seen the movie yet.
If you take away the one-star reviews, 43 percent of the remaining reviews give the movie ten stars, and 78 percent give the movie at least seven stars.
Most non-critics haven’t even had a chance to see the film yet. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9 but doesn’t hit regular theaters until September 30. So who are the people giving Bros one-star reviews? Who are the people who claim to have seen it?
Rotten Tomatoes, which separates its critic reviews from audience reviews, tells a completely different story. According to the 33 professional reviews of the movie from people who actually saw it, the movie sits at a very good 94 percent fresh rating.
Let's compare Bros’ current Rotten Tomatoes score to that of other recent romance movies. The Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum comedy The Lost City currently sits at 79 percent fresh, the Netflix soldier romance film Purple Hearts sits at just 35 percent, and the Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romance Marry Me is barely fresh at 61 percent.
According to that, Bros will be one of the best romances of the year. The only movie that really compares is another gay romance, Joel Kim Booster’s Fire Island, which has a 94 percent fresh rating from critics.
It truly seems that Bros is being attacked by homophobic trolls who haven’t even seen the movie and only want it to fail.
While IMDb ratings aren’t the most important thing in the world, this kind of review bombing will almost certainly deter some potential viewers from seeing the movie. If you were on the fence, and then you saw that the movie has a weighted average of 5.5/10, you might decide not to see it. And that would be a shame.
Bros opens in theaters September 30, go (actually) see it for yourself.