‘The Eternals’ has the lowest-ever score on Rotten Tomatoes of any Marvel film

16th Rome Film Festival, Red Carpet of movie 'Eternals',Rome, Italy

The Eternals’ reviews were embargoed until recent days. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t even have an audience score – because the film comes out tomorrow – but critics have been piling on the film, which stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani and more. As of this moment, RT has the Eternals rated at 53% which is “rotten.” It’s the first Marvel film to have such a low RT score.

That’s eternally disappointing. “Eternals” currently has a 53% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 26 released films to hold a “rotten” score on the review aggregator, Screen Rant reported Wednesday. A film needs at least 60% to be regarded as “fresh.” At the time of the outlet’s report, the score was still at 57%, based on 148 reviews. There are now 171 reviews.

Helmed by newly minted Oscar-winning “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao, “Eternals” is an “ambitious superhero epic that soars as often as it strains,” according to the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani and “Game of Thrones” alumni Richard Madden and Kit Harington star in the film, which “takes the MCU in intriguing — and occasionally confounding — new directions,” according to the consensus. The film makes history for more positive reasons as well, featuring the MCU’s first same-sex kiss and first deaf superhero.

Even still, according to Chicago Tribune reviewer Michael Phillips, the MCU has overstayed its cinematic welcome. “As far as MCU fatigue goes — well, at this point, it goes pretty far,” wrote Phillips.

[From Yahoo]

“The MCU has overstayed its cinematic welcome…” Weird how critics never say this when reviewing Marvel films which are overwhelmingly helmed by white dudes. It’s very curious! I’ll be consistent – I also think the MCU has overstayed its welcome and superhero sh-t is too ubiquitous these days. But I also think it’s notable to point out that Marvel stans will fight to the death anyone who talks sh-t about white superheroes and yet those same people are the ones ignoring or scorning the “woke” Marvel film, the one directed by a Chinese woman, the one with the most diverse and inclusive cast of any Marvel film.

Kim Kardashian arrives at MOMA to attend the WSJ Innovator Awards

16th Rome Film Festival, photocall film 'Eternals', Rome, Italy

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  1. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    I mean … It was bound to happen eventually. I’m surprised it took this long for one to be judged rotten. They had subpar films before.

    • jbyrdku says:

      I agree. I loved RDJ and Iron Man, I watched was there to the end of Thanos, but I’m just kind over it now.

      • dc says:

        Don’t love RDJ & have not watched Iron Man. But I have my ticket to the first day of Eternals!!! Yay! I don’t know what a Marvel type movie looks like since I’ve never watched any of them. I’m watching for a great story, and all the amazing cast. And I loved Chloe Zhao’s other movies. So very intrigued t see what she’ll make of a Marvel universe

    • Esmerelda says:

      And the classic “superhero dude saves the planet” is a very well established template, so directors of those movie can borrow a lot from a cinematic tradition and a language that the audience knows well. Zhao had a much more difficult job, juggling a mostly non-white cast, a story with mythological elements, a woman led ensemble of non established characters, the first deaf superhero, and the “gay kiss”… and not in a quirky indie movie, in a big budget, committee directed Disney effort. She had to do a lot of work compared to the guy who directed Avengers and simply had to close in on Thor’s abs, Cap’s ass, and let RDJ talk fast.
      They should focus on the strengths of this movie, and put them to use on the next one, with an equally diverse cast.

    • minx says:

      My husband and daughter are big Marvel/superhero/comic fans. I just don’t get the appeal. The movies basically seem to follow the same trajectory, over and over.

    • Eleonora says:

      I read guys were planning to leave bad reviews becsuse Marvel was “too woke” now.
      They have done that with other films before.

      Also,I have seen critics rate films with more diversity lower than much worse films headed by dude-bro male actors.

      This score means nothing to me until women of different backgrounds give their opinion.

  2. Tiffany says:

    It’s still getting my money.

    They did this with Black Panther as well.

    I see them.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      No? This isn’t about the audience score, which is what happened to Black Panther. BP was critically acclaimed – it still has a 96% critic’s score. The article is talking about the professional critical score (it can’t have an audience score yet, because, you know, it isn’t available to audiences).

      Apples and oranges.

    • Mia4s says:

      What are you talking about? Black Panther has a 96% positive fresh rating in the same way this one has a 53% rotten.

    • Seaflower says:

      And they did it Captain Marvel too.

    • Yvette says:

      @Tiffany … Regardless of the rating, this film will still kill at the Box Office. 🙂

    • Eleonora says:


      A section of super hero fans are notorious for hating ‘too much diversity’ and I don’t trust random critics either.

  3. Le Nugget says:

    All the reviews I’ve heard are saying that it is slow and more character-driven instead of plot/action driven. I’m not sure why everything has to be about race these days, but since you’re bringing it up, I’m mixed-race and about to have a baby who will be even more mixed — I’m a Marvel stan but if this movie is crap, I’m going to say it’s crap, just like I did with Black Panther.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Red Flag.

      • Le Nugget says:

        Because I don’t agree with the author of the article? Lol ok sure 👌

      • Amy Bee says:

        No, because you felt the need to state that you’re mixed race.

      • Dizza says:

        Is she didnt state she was mixed race she would be called a racist. How many times have people said “if you arent a person of color you opinion doesnt count”. She was preempting this response. That being said I thought black panther was great.

    • jbyrdku says:

      I see your point.

    • Muggs says:

      I’m actually more inclined to see it if it really is more character than action driven. One of the main things I liked about the Disney+ shows were that they were more story less fights. I really love the world building and interactions.

      • Louise says:

        Same here!

      • lucy2 says:

        Same here. I’m not so into the Marvel movies, because it’s so much CGI action and destruction, and I don’t find that interesting. More character driven stuff would be welcome. Captain Marvel and Black Panther are really the only Marvel movies I’ve enjoyed, and I think both were a bit different than the standard avengers stuff.

      • JJ says:

        Same here!! This one definitely felt different, even from the teasers, and if it has more character driven drama than thank god. I’ll watch it. More points if it somehow doesn’t have a third-act CGI fight, but that’s probably hoping for too much.

      • DuchessL says:

        The only recent superhero movie i’ve really enjoyed was supewoman with Gal. I thought it was more character driven. The fights mean nothing to me if we dont get why they’re doing it. I hope to like this one. They can have my money, im throwing it to Angie and Gemma and Salma

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      “…more character-driven instead of plot/action driven.”

      And this is a bad thing, how? (not directed at you, just a general question for critics who see this as a negative). I feel like most of these critics are expecting and Infinity Wars or End Game level film, which this isn’t meant to be. We are at the beginning of phase 4 which is meant to set up future Avenger movies (and a new set of Avengers). I’m ok with the story being more character driven right now. The action will come later. Marvel always plays the long game.

    • Kviby says:

      I normally I wouldn’t likely watch this as I don’t like any of these films, not even black panther , though I enjoyed the elaborate work on its setting/the geography but still only watched half. I need some mystery and intrigue not just special effects! The fact that this is described as slow makes me a bit curious. Chloe’s nomadland was so slow but so good.

  4. Léna says:

    Just saw it last night. I liked it! I was prepared to hate some actors acting (Jon snow I’m looking at you) but it was good.

    And as much as I love her, Angelina Jolie was the weakest link for me. It’s more due to her character than her acting though

  5. Eve says:

    Still getting my money, like Tiffany (first commenter) said.

  6. Mcmmom says:

    I don’t care how good or bad it is, I’m watching it and yes, I will make it about race and gender. The only way to get more representation on film is to show that there is a demand for it. Money talks.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Yeah, if I’m not mistaken the critics were down on Black Panther and Shang Chi too. I wonder why that it is?

    • Tiffany says:

      Right Amy Bee.

      I can’t qwhite put my finger on what the difference is.

    • BlueSky says:

      Yeah can’t imagine what it could be???? I will see still this movie because I love Marvel. They are a great escape from everything that is going on. And miss me with the overstayed it’s welcome. It’s supply and demand. People still want to see these films.

    • Mia4s says:

      Black Panther 96%
      Shang Chi 92%

      Eternals 53%

      I’m going to see Eternals, but I’m also not going to start seeing a conspiracy where there isn’t one. That smacks of Disney damage control, and they can trust that fans will just go with it rather than actually looking at the fact that the movies raised in the same breath had great reviews. Like, GREAT reviews.

      • Amy Bee says:

        I’m not talking about RT. There were other critics who were down on those other two movies. Anyone not believing that are not seeing the bigger picture.

      • sunny says:

        I think this as well. I will definitely see this movie to support it but I think it is fine if the reviews are not that great. We do have to look at who reviews these films because that influences is it as well.

        And while i like Chloe Zhou(very talented director) her 2 previous films are very slow and character-centred so if this is the case here it wouldn’t be a surprise but it might disappoint audiences more excited for action.

      • Molly says:

        The post and the article are talking about “RT” though, so it’s kinda beside the point.

      • Dizza says:

        You realize rotten tomatoes is a rating based on a bunch of reviewers right?

    • purplehazeforever says:

      Shang- chi best marvel film. I said it.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        My kids agree with you! They saw it multiple times and still want to see it again

      • OriginalLeigh says:

        Black Panther was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. I will also support the Eternals but let’s please not spread “fake news” about other films that are centered around people of color.

      • Roo says:

        I agree! Sooo good. And Awkwafina was a delightful surprise.

    • Betsy says:

      I think the worst part is that they have no idea that they’re operating under these racist and sexist assumptions. They just rate women and minorities in movies worse and think it’s because they are worse when really they’re different and the people have never stopped to really evaluate their prejudices.

    • Dizza says:

      This is not true at all, stop making things up

  8. Becks1 says:

    Of course there is superhero and Marvel fatigue. But for me, there was superhero fatigue 5 years ago, lol, and no one seemed to care about that because THOR and omg TONY STARK!!!! or whatever.

    I’m personally MORE excited about this new wave of Marvel movies because they seem so different from the normal Marvel offerings and I’m so sick of the original avengers universe. We really enjoyed Shang-Chi and I’m looking forward to the Eternals, even though if I never see another Iron Man it will be too soon.

    • Tiffany says:

      Agree with you Becks.

      It was the fatigue of certain characters character revolving around the universe ( and you are right on the money it being Tony Stark), but Winter Soldier and The Falcon and Loki broke streaming records sooooooo…..it ain’t fatigue.

      Critics and fanboys can’t get away with this crap anymore. More people have social media accounts along with piss and vinegar to call them out on it. They really think the majority of the public is stupid and they are the true gatekeepers. They ain’t and we ain’t afraid to tell them so.

      • Becks1 says:

        I honestly think Winter Solider benefited from WandaVision, that’s the only reason we watched it, bc Wandavision was so unique and entertaining. But then the fatigue kicked back in and we never finished the season. I thought Loki was much better because again it was something different, it wasn’t just retelling the story of Loki and Thor yet again. So for me, it appealed to me because I was/am so over “superhero movies” in general – it was different from other in the genre.

        But trust me I know that the new Spiderman will do fantastic at the box office and everyone will just say “well the eternals just wasnt GOOD.” sigh.

      • Thirtynine says:

        I’m not into MCU or any superhero or Star Trek reboot type franchise although I like individual films such as Dark Knight or Captain America, but how it’s always seemed to me it’s just fanfic – rich, privileged white dudes gushing about how they loved a certain franchise and were huge fans and now they get to present their vision- but because it’s helmed by rich white men it automatically receives legitimacy, investment and promotion, whereas women created fanfic…. is on AO3. This is why we get the same old same old. It’s by fan boys for fanboys. Anything out of the ordinary established formula will be criticised.

        And I think Rotten Tomatoes is rotten. I’ve stopped bothering with them quite a while ago.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yeah like anyone who ranks age of Ultron or all the Thor movies outside of the one done by Taika Waititi and the iron man sequels as good movies doesn’t have much credibility as a movie critic anyway.

      I also got tired with the movies feeling like set up for the next film with endings that you could see how would be easily reversed.

      Also I have to say it but marvel has a bad tendency to have the last part of the film just be a huge CGI battle and those are just boring. They even did it with Wanda vision which to me ruined the character development prior to that. If Eternals manages to avoid this then that’s a good thing.

      • Case says:

        Oh man, I really enjoy Age of Ultron and all the Thors. I’m not qualified to be a movie critic, lol!

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I think I had Marvel fatigue after…like…the SECOND Iron Man Movie. there are just TOO MANY. I like Ragnarok because it was really funny, but the rest I had no interest in seeing. the bf likes them and I remember seeing one part of one of the many and there were just too many things going on at once to really see what was going on – I didn’t know where or what to look at. explosions and gunfire and fist fights, and things crashing and on and on and on…

      but THIS one? it seems different, and not just because the cast is more diverse. much more interesting to me than just more white dude-bros…AGAIN.

    • Sally says:

      I don’t know, one of my problems with Marvel and the whole superhero genre is that nothing feels “fresh” and the casting of a more diverse group of people doesn’t really change that. They play everything entirely too safe, their stories come out of the same Disney overlord approved, marketing statistics shaped molds, they use the same bombastic yet trite CGI action sequences and their characters all have to straddle these “relatable to everyone” positions that make them all fall flat. I had my hopes up for Loki, but even that caved in to the Marvel restrictions. I’m not gonna argue that they’re a fun ride in a big cinema, but they have almost no rewatch value and with the plague around I don’t feel the need to see them at the cinema. I agree with the article that it’s uncanny that the backlash from the hardcore fanbros is coming NOW, but as someone who was a semi-fan at best I’ve been bored with the lazy storytelling for a while now.

      • Hallie says:

        I think people have been bored for a while. After the Infinity War or whatever films came out, it felt like the end of an era. Except it didn’t end.

        My boyfriend and his friends were all huge Marvel fans that don’t care anymore. They all say the movies have just become too formulaic by now, they can entertain children but thats it. Superheroes could be interesting but their stories are always the same. The fact they have to be family-friendly limits writers when it comes to exploring more complex aspects of the characters.

        I think the problem here is it took Disney so long to make a movie with a cast like this. Perhaps 5 years ago it wouldve been received better. Of course people are going to become tired of the formula after several dozen interchangeable films.

  9. OriginalLala says:

    Yeah I also have Marvel fatigue, but I’d much rather watch a movie like this than yet another one about Ironman….

  10. Mia4s says:

    “ Marvel stans will fight to the death anyone who talks sh-t about white superheroes and yet those same people are the ones ignoring or scorning the “woke” Marvel film”

    I have to respectfully disagree. Definitely some of that from the usual suspects; but Twitter has been in a state for days about how “Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t matter!!” and going on about “Trolls! Review bombing!” (In the professional, vetted critic reviews? Uhhh)….even though Rotten Tomatoes apparently mattered a lot when Marvel films were positively reviewed. Huh.

    Don’t “Stan” corporations people, it’s weird.

    The real story is making sure Chloe Zhao gets another chance at a big film. The rest is incidental. I thought Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle in Time was awful and a bore, and it was a massive money-losing box-office bomb. But what pleased me was she went on right away to other work. So if the movie sucks? So what. I just want to see POC women get the five million chances white male directors get.

  11. Aang says:

    Blah to all these Marvel films. It’s too much. I’m an old curmudgeon and dislike cgi, fast cuts, loud noises etc. I did see Black Panther in the theaters and it was fine. But not fine enough to get me back for more super hero movies.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here. I liked Black Panther, and saw Captain Marvel in the theaters and enjoyed it, but beyond that I haven’t found any of the other films that interesting. There’s definitely fatigue for it, but also maybe this just isn’t as good a film. It happens. It’ll still make huge money.

  12. Loretta says:

    I’m not surprised, the trailers were really bad

  13. Katie says:

    To be fair, Michael Phillips is a consistently tough reviewer, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s been hard on previous Marvel movies. When I was a kid in the ’90s and the newspapers were still flush enough to have like a million movie reviewers, I’d read him to feel like a superior intellectual.

  14. Myra says:

    Having only started to follow MCU because of Wandavision, I wonder why they didn’t get MCU fatigue over the more formulaic ones. Sometimes people are less receptive to something different if they’re accustomed to enjoying them a certain way.

  15. STRIPE says:

    Coming from someone who likes Marvel movies, let’s be real, they are the cinematic equivalent of junk food. Big colors, big sounds, big CGI to cover up weak plot and character development.

    I could see the Eternals becoming slow or eye-rolly if it takes itself to seriously. I’m still going to watch and see for myself…but I’m just saying, from the trailer, I could see it going that way.

  16. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Disclaimer: I very rarely watch movies (the last one I watched was Godzilla, King of the Monsters. #TeamGodzilla 😎) but I NEVER pay any attention to “critics” or so called “movie reviews”. If I actually want to see a movie, I’m going to, critics and reviews be damned.
    MerlinsDad, on the other hand, loves movies and has this on his to-be-watched list.

  17. tbg says:

    Do you have to read the comic books to know what’s going on in these movies? I’ve always avoided them since I don’t read American comics.

    • milliemollie says:

      Not really. They don’t really follow the comic book story lines that closely. There are easter eggs that you could miss if you don’t know the comic book background, but it’s not important to follow the plot.

  18. Case says:

    I mean, as someone who enjoys Marvel movies I agree that I’m kinda burnt out on them right now. The only show I thoroughly loved was WandaVision, and I feel like the other two shows almost turned me off from the franchise despite loving the characters featured. I’m very excited at the idea of less formulaic, more experimental Marvel movies, but at the same time I’m just…not in the mood, I guess, would be the best way to describe it? I disliked Endgame and was ready to be done.

    But of course I also agree that a lot of these fandoms are filled with racist and sexist nonsense. There are some very popular YouTubers focused on Marvel and Star Wars that are truly toxic presences and have made these fandoms so inhospitable. I don’t know if that’s true of the film critics reviewing it, but it certainly exists heavily in fan circles. I think true Marvel fatigue mixed with racism and sexism can all be true at once.

    I personally find both Ant-Man films to be so mediocre and have a hard time believing Eternals is worse than that.

  19. AmelieOriginal says:

    I will probably see Eternals at some point but either on Disney+ or on a plane, I enjoy superhero movies for long plane rides because they’re not complicated and I don’t have to think too much. Plus they tend to be long and it kills the tedium of being on a plane. When it comes to Marvel movies (and I’ve seen most of them), the only ones that stand out in my mind are the Captain America ones, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. The other ones all kind of blend together. I remember Thanos from the Avengers movies and the snap and all that but I couldn’t tell you what the plot of the other movies was. Critics hating movies isn’t an indicator of how well a movie will do at the box office or how well the audience will like it. And I do think there is a lot of superhero fatigue, Marvel movies are formulaic and recycle their general plots for a lot of the franchises. The formula clearly does well which is why they’ve reused it over and over but at some point the movies all become the same general story.

    As an aside, I’m looking forward to Shang Chi becoming available on Disney+ soon! I love Simu Liu and miss Kim’s Convenience which was cancelled too soon.

    • lucy2 says:

      Sounds like Shang Chi was pretty good and different, I’ll probably check that out on Disney+ sometime too. That’s how I ended up watching Black Widow a few weeks ago, it was on there for free. It was just OK, IMO.
      I loved Kim’s Convenience.

      • Grant says:

        Shang Chi was good but it wasn’t very different. It followed the standard hero origin story, almost to a T.

  20. yokoohno says:

    I was going to support this movie because of its diversity and I’m interested in seeing what Zhao is able to do with Marvel. My plan was to purchase the movie through Disney+ – which I don’t usually do, I wait – only to see that this movie is only in theatres.

    Well good luck to them then, but no opening wknd support from me. Funny that they finally have a disabled superhero but they forget about disabled audiences! Between the nature of my disability plus being immunocompromised, theatres are not an option for me and haven’t been for years. I was really into The Last Duel as well and can’t watch that either.

    I absolutely *hate* people who push the “this needs to be seen in a theater” bs. I’ve been a huge film fan for forever and I hate being shut out of it just because I became disabled. (Obvs lots of disabled ppl can use theatres but many cannot.) I’m able to enjoy films just fine at home, and I hate everyone fighting against that accessibility.

    • Case says:

      I feel the exact same way. I have a disability and am high-risk for COVID, so even if it’s a movie I desperately want to see in theaters, I’m not risking my health to do so. I’m a HUGE cinephile and loved that so much was available to stream last year. I’m willing to pay the subscription fee or rental fee for the movies I’m interested in. Being excluded from all these new films coming out is really bothering me. I was so excited about Last Night in SoHo and The Last Duel. And then they whine that box office numbers aren’t as good as expected — gosh, it’s almost as though we’re still in a pandemic!

      • yokoohno says:

        THANK YOU @Case! And yes I’m finding it so frustrating to hear them whine about box office numbers for films I want to see but am excluded from. I too am really missing the accessibility options that were there last year and are vanishing this year as everyone rushes back to “the way things were” – for abled people. I’m so bitter about it right now.

      • Nic919 says:

        I agree with you 100%. Even though our theatres here require proof of vaccination, I am not inclined to go to a popcorn movie where I know that many will be eating and not wearing their mask.

        They need to get over the old style of distributing movies and accommodate for those who won’t be going to a theatre.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, opening it up to home purchase is much more inclusive for many people – even without a pandemic to consider.

  21. Erika Holzhausen says:

    Honestly, I don’t think it’s not doing well because of the diverse cast. I think it’s ot doing well because it’s a random AF cast. Salma and Jolie just don’t come across as believable to be in the MCU to me. And then, there’s the guy from GOT, who also seams like a random casting choice. I felt Marvel has a good formula going where they were casting fairly unknown actors to play these iconic roles. They should’ve stuck to that formula. As an Asian American though, I’m living for Gemma Chan!

    • Case says:

      I also think this is part of it, totally agree. I find this to be a really odd cast that isn’t especially appealing to me. Having TWO main GOT guys is distracting, and it’s weird seeing such big names as Angelina and Salma in these roles. Gemma Chan seems like a great pick as an up-and-coming actress, but it’s definitely a strange group for me.

    • Mireille says:

      Marvel has casted casted Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Brie Larson — all 3 were well-known, established actors prior to Marvel. Marvel has casted both well known and up-and-coming actors in their movies. How is this formula any different from “random AF” casting of Eternals, other than singling out Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, and the GOT guy?

      As an Asian American myself, I am more interested in Zhao’s vision and learning more about the diverse supporting characters than the purported love triangle story of Gemma Chan’s Sersi characater being fought over by two white, CIS gender men. But that’s just me.

    • FHMom says:

      I also think that all of a sudden there is a movie deluge where as there was nothing for a while. My kids are big Marvel fans. We just have t gotten around to seeing yet.

  22. Louise says:

    If I can arrange a babysitter for the kids I’ll be seeing this one in the theatre! Two main reasons: a lot of female characters and hearing Richard Madden’s accent in the trailer ;-).

    And to be honest, even when they’re not great (Thor TDW!) Marvel films are still entertaining and a nice evening out. I’d rather go for some light entertainment at the moment than something gutwrenching. Enough of that in in the real world already…

  23. Christine says:

    Maybe superhero movies have overstayed their welcome, but I just want some mindless, fun entertainment. I love Marvel for this reason

  24. FancyHat says:

    I am one of the rare people on this site who isn’t a huge Angie fan. I just can’t stand her onscreen presence and I always end up hating any movie I see of hers. Her “acting” bugs. I have the same issue with Christian Bale.

    I hope the movie does well so more female directors get to make movies though.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      IMO, she is hit or miss with her roles. she was great in Girl, Interrupted, and I liked her in Malificent. But she’s done a LOT of movies that I had no interest in seeing and/or where I heard she was not so good (like, accent work).

      big fan of her humanitarian work, though.

  25. Adorable says:

    I mean,do still people still care about “Movie reviews “?Taste differs,who cares.

  26. Theothermia says:

    I’m sick of super hero movies, they’re so boring. But I love AJ and Gemma Chan so I will probably see this even if it’s bad 😆

  27. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    The low critics score gives me confidence that this Ancient Aliens Marvel Edition is actually a good movie.
    NEARLY ALL Marvel films are terrible: Clunky, too long, bad direction, bad graphics, bad dialogue, weak storytelling. One that stands out, Black Panther and I haven’t yet seen Shang Chi and the (seven? ten? rings?). Marvel films only score well because American film criticism is dominated by white men who conflate pornography with eroticism.

    • Molly says:

      “Nearly all Marvel films are terrible.” THANK YOU.

      Are they entertaining? Occasionally. Are they written to pander to the humor and intellect of the average 7th grader? Absolutely.

      Eternals could be the best movie ever made, and I still wouldn’t park my butt in a theater to watch it. Two hour and forty minutes is TOO G*DDAMN LONG.

      • Becks1 says:

        NOOOO. It’s that long??? Forget it. My boys are 9 and 7, they can’t sit through an almost three hour movie in the theaters at this point. Shang Chi (which is 2 hours 15 minutes, I just checked lol) was pretty much their absolute limit.

    • Chingalos says:

      Black Panther is my favorite MCU movie because…. honestly? It’s legit the only one I can point to and say “watch that movie! it’s great!” Every other MCU movie is like soggy McDonald’s nuggets at 3AM. I’ve enjoyed some of them, and they hit the spot at the time, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

      I wouldn’t recommend Shang-Chi. I love Tony Leung, and Awkwafina and Meng’er Zhang were great, but the lead actor is duller than a slab of wood and irl he seems faker than a three dollar bill lol

    • A. Key says:

      “NEARLY ALL Marvel films are terrible” – a sane voice at last! YES!
      I honestly cannot believe how audiences’ taste has gone down the hill in the past 2 decades.

  28. Anne Call says:

    Don’t care if Orson Welles rose from the death and did a superhero movie. Enough already Hollywood. Most movies coming out are retreads, sequels and endless comic book movies. Thank goodness for quality tv where you can find a myriad of stories, plots and great acting. Also, lots of people not going back to theaters until this pandemic is completely over. Just release stuff on streaming and in theaters and stop being so greedy.

  29. milliemollie says:

    I mostly disagree with critics. I’ve seen movies that critics raved about and I did not like the movie at all. So I suspect that I’ll like Eternals, even though I’m kinda over the MCU. The last Marvel movie I really enjoyed was Black Panther, and I really wasn’t a fan of Endgame. Way too much hype for that movie.

  30. Imara219 says:

    I can see this though. The previews look boring, the storyline sounds boring, and even when I tried to google more about the Eternals Marvel info I couldn’t read all of it because the thought was so boring. I applaud the diversity and wish it happened with a storyline more interesting. BP and Shang-Chi were all well done and highly rated, even when racists tried to kill BP they couldn’t, and the scores reflected well for the general audience and critical acclaim.

  31. Serena says:

    Well, honestly it’s the first time in a while that I’m excited to see a movie. I don’t know why people are hating, be it Marvel exhaustion or because of the diverse cast (which is one of the reasons why I already love it) but it doesn’t make sense to me to me.
    Also this may be a prologue, hence why it’s more character driven etc.

  32. els says:

    I saw a premiere in which Chloe Zhao attended in Paris (She’s so lovely I can’t). I was surprised that the movie did bad critically because it’s IMO amazing.

    The visuals are stunning and the cast top notch. Especially Angelina Jolie who outdid herself in her role. She was one of the highlight of the movie along with Gemma Chan.

    Critics complained about the pace but it made sense considering the Eternals are relatively unknown unlike the Avengers. You get attached to the character. And there’s a lot of imagery about our society today.. anyway I loved up people were so hyped to see it was an amazing experience in spite of what critics said. Everybody have their own opinion

    • Eleonora says:

      See, this is the kind of review I care about.

      Not that of some “acclaimed” male critics

  33. Molly says:

    Marvel fans have made it abundantly clear what they want. They want big manly men who preen and snark their way through dumb banter and simple dialogue. They want hot-sex-on-a-stick women in tight clothes who don’t talk too much, and if there’s more than one in the story, it is inevitable that they must engage in a grunting, hair-pulling ladyfight.

    They want big ‘splode’y spectacle, CGI out the wazoo, and exactly none of it needs to makes sense.

  34. FF says:

    I’m watching it and looking forward to it. Reviews on RT aren’t what make me watch these and seeing as these are the same critics that praised The Last Jedi as a masterpiece, their opinions are redundant.

    I see the industry trying to quick march back the PoC led franchises, films, and shows while claiming it fatigue. They do it all the time where they can get away with it. And people with a platform who should know better frequently cosign it.

    If I sat through Black Widow and the letdown that was Captain Marvel, I’ll be watching this three times. PoC deserve the second and third chances only mediocre white guy projects seem to get in this industry.

  35. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I have to admit, being the only female in this family of boys and men, I have seen so so many Marvel and DC stories come to life, but I have yet to finish the Avenger series. I haven’t watched quite a bit (Falcon, Widow, etc ) because I’m quite sick of the noise. It’s useless noise all too often these days imo. Action sequences busting my eardrums and tiresome so-called witty banter trying my patience. Not every word out a character’s mouth needs to make a mark. Or send children into fits of laughter. Or carry subtle themes of adult humor. It’s exhausting. And let’s face it, they aren’t that great at acting when they’re charged with delivering such insulting and childish verbal jousting.

    So if this is more character driven, I’ll probably give it a go, but in all honesty, I’m finding series productions of this genre far more rewarding in terms of writing, plot development and acting talent. And even special effects. When I can watch a series, light my candles, turn on my hanging celestial orbs, have a comfortable perch on a sofa or even my bed in front of a huge TV with my Sonos bar (lol), and be more entertained than I ever was at a theater, old school studios need to quicken the pace of change and accommodation. I don’t appreciate writers propelling me forward at the speed of sound in order to tell a story within two-and-a-half hours.

  36. Maria from Tercer mundo says:

    Any movie with Angelina Jolie. I’m in. Even if she is not the leading role. But I hate all the comic movies. I’m old for that stuff. Angie, I will do it for you. lol

  37. Billie says:

    At this point, if Angelina Jolie is in a movie, I assume it will be bad.

    She has a very bad track record with me, filmwise.

  38. Fabric says:

    When will this marvel comic book era end?

  39. Dee Kay says:

    I am a big fan of everyone in this cast and of Zhao, and I like or love around 35% of all Marvel content, so I feel like I’m the prime audience for this movie, and I must say, every single one of the trailers has made me think this movie is boring as s–t. It looks pretentious, tedious, and ridiculous all at once, not a winning combo.

    • Imara219 says:

      Thank you for articulating what makes this look boring! Yes. It’s an air of pretentiousness and not in a fun Loki way.

  40. Seán says:

    ““The MCU has overstayed its cinematic welcome…” Weird how critics never say this when reviewing Marvel films which are overwhelmingly helmed by white dudes. It’s very curious!”

    People have been saying this since Iron Man 3. Let’s not start a conspiracy…Black Panther, Shang Chi, Captain Marvel and Black Widow were all critically acclaimed. Perhaps Eternals is just a bad movie. I will still go and watch for myself however.

  41. Fanciful says:

    On IMDB for example user reviews are overwhelmingly negative toward female centric /led stories. Or pretty much anything that is the heroic white man trope. They twist themselves in pretzels about why a woman led movie scores 1. Pop culture seems unbelievably sexist and racist

  42. The Recluse says:

    Mom and I are planning on seeing it. I hope it’s entertaining at least.
    Not all the Marvel films have been fabulous. Thor – Dark World wasn’t so great and neither was the second Iron Man film. It happens, but I’m willing to give this a chance.

  43. Gigi LaMoore says:

    Never heard of these super heroes and it really doesn’t sound like it would be any good. I like the people in it, but…

  44. Chingalos says:

    I’ll watch the movie tonight, but my twitter feed says the gay black man is behind the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs so that’s like… YIKES. With decisions like that I’m not surprised nobody likes this movie.

    The Old Guard had immortal gay men trying to stop the very same bomb, now that’s representation. Was it so hard not to portray your only meaningfully queer character as a war criminal, Disney?

    We need to stop being dazzled by the word representation and actually demand GOOD representation. Having a diverse cast doesn’t cut it if what you’re doing with your diverse cast is something like that.

  45. Chingalos says:

    We need to stop talking about Superhero Fatigue and start talking about Marvel/DC fatigue, which is exactly what’s happening. The GA and the critics are tired of putting on the kid gloves for these movies and I love to see it.

    God knows I like some of these action comedy blockbusters, but they’re legit brainrot and they’re one of the reasons why the mid-budget movie and movie-making as an art form are dying.

    Also, don’t stan corporations, people. Disney ain’t going bankrupt if this fails. And I doubt Chloe Zhao will leave Hollywood if this doesn’t work out, she’s a talented and determined woman (also born hella rich). She’ll be fine.

    • FF says:

      Ok. But poor critical reviews aren’t going to tank a corporation. They’ll just do what they’re all doing: reboot mediocre product ad nauseum.

      The MCU is a temporary anomaly within the context of that. It actually has continuity within all films but is created in a way that any noob can cherry pick only their faves and not watch the rest. While people following the whole thing can enjoy a larger story.

      What baffles me with the MCU hate is that it’s very specific to Marvel Studios only. We’ve had inconsistent to mediocre content for the last 20-30 years from Fox (X-Men, FF), Sony (Spider-Man), and WB (DCEU) that amounts to very little in sum other than grind but a studio puts out a consistent quality of product that’s a continuous story of character and world-building, that also gives opportunities to women and PoC crew and directors in a way that other studios failed to do beyond token gestures – and it has understandable success because comic book readers have been waiting for big screen versions of these characters for decades – and yet now it’s suddenly no way, the MCU’s outstayed its welcome.

      Given that this seems an MCU only specific reaction, it looks a lot like people are salty about its success – which seems strange to me. I wasn’t checking for these films pre-Black Panther and as a result they flew right under my radar because I just didn’t care about them. I had no investiture in their failure because I knew the comics audience had thought something like this would never happen, and I was fine with Marvel characters having their day.

      I remain baffled, however, at why people were fine with half-assed scrappy nonsense but only want to get exercised over the one set up not wasting their audiences time. Then, they suddenly find all sorts of justifications for why it needs to go that they were sleeping on for every other studio.

      The MCU is a one-off. And I’m happy to have it. When it’s over we wont be getting another one, we’ll get more of the occasional real one feature mixed in with the mostly lazy hackery that’s come to characterise every other studio.

      Honest to God, this is legit why we can’t have nice things.

      I get why the industry would hate on the MCU, it’s success is kind of a rebuke to the token gesture, performative, bloated executive roster marketing man nonsense that is the status quo. But why any one who doesn’t care for these films wants to jump in and complain about something they’re not being forced to participate in is beyond me. MCU failure won’t stop superhero movies or graphic novel adaptions, it won’t stop corporations, it won’t stop risk-averse Hollywood banking on franchises and pre-existing audience adaptions. It will stop one studio forcing the rest to up their game via their successes, though.

      I wish Kevin Feige and the MCU the best, they’re pushing uphill and the resistance to what they’re often silently achieving is exactly why I have zero faith in the industry, and it’s claims to want to do better.

  46. A. Key says:

    I agree, and I’ve been saying this for years now. Am really surprised people weren’t sick of Marvel like 5-6 years ago already.

  47. May day says:

    Problem with Eternals: a few hollywood big ones look for a big superhero movie payday and they chose parts which basically paternalise mankind by superhero-Gods. grrrrr

  48. dc says:

    Watched Eternals last night. Went on Rotten Tomatoes to post a review. Guess what. The critics reviews may be less than enthusiastic, but the audience reviews from the first day of release in theatres have garnered a healthy 83% rating! Lends credibility to the online conversation about the skewed representation of the posted reviews from critics, mostly straight white men. TIME ROTTEN TOMATOES RADICALLY CHANGE THE BIASED SELECTION OF CRITICS THEY POST!