Are Audiences And Critics Divided Over The Justice League Movie?

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The Justice League movie came out this week and it appears there is a disconnect between normal movie goers and most professional critics. The audience seems to like the film, while critics have bagged on it.

Unlike say Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both the general audience and critics generally hated both films.

Sure both films have their fans (I didn't mind Suicide Squad), but overall both films were not received well by a lot of people.

Well Justice League seems like a different beast.

It seems as if the critics are harsher on the movie than everyone else. This is a bit odd because the new film improves on the things that made Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice a chore to sit through.

If we look at Rotten Tomatoes, the critical rating for the film right now is a low 40%. A bit of an improvement over Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, but not by much.

However if you look at the audience score for Justice League, it's a healthy 86% rating. Over 95,000 users rated the movie with an average score of 4.3/5 stars. Not bad from a film panned by critics.

Another aggregate website Metacritic also gives us similar results. Again, the critics have only given the movie a rating of 46/100. There are far more mixed reviews than positive and negative ones.

On the audience side, users have given it a far more generous score of 7.2/10. As of time of writing, 398 users gave the film a positive review. Only 59 and 91 people gave it mixed and negative reviews respectively.

The Cinemascore for the film is currently a B+.

Again, this is not a bad score although it falls short of the A rating that Wonder Woman received earlier this year. If people really hated the film, it would have gotten something far lower than a B+.

Although these results are not scientific, it does give me the impression that the average audience seems to have liked the movie better than critics. This is not like the Transformers films or The Emoji Movie where everyone hates them.

It's hard to tell how well this will translate at the Box Office.

In my opinion, the poor reception of Batman v Superman scared lots of viewers away. Justice League improves on that film by giving us more action, a lighter tone and a Superman that isn't depressed all of the time.

Hopefully the Justice League movie is still able to make a lot of money despite the negative reviews. It has been a decent year for comic book movies in my opinion.

I liked Logan, Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming and now Justice League. The only one I didn't like was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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