is a website
devoted to reviews, information, and news of films
– widely known as a film review aggregator
. Its name derives from the cliché
of audiences throwing tomatoes
and other vegetables
at a poor stage performance. The company is currently owned by Flixster
, itself owned by Warner Bros.
since May 2011.
As of 2010, the website's editor-in-chief
is Matt Atchity.
Rotten Tomatoes was launched on August 12, 1999, as a spare time project by Senh Duong. His goal in creating Rotten Tomatoes was "to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the US
." His inspiration came when, as a fan of Jackie Chan
, Duong started collecting all the reviews of Chan's movies as they were coming out in the United States. The first movie reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes was Your Friends & Neighbors
. The website was an immediate success, receiving mentions by Yahoo!
, and USA Today
within the first week of its launch; it attracted "600 - 1000 daily unique visitors" as a result.
Duong teamed up with University of California, Berkeley
classmates Patrick Y. Lee
and Stephen Wang, his former partners at the Berkeley, California
-based web design firm Design Reactor, to pursue Rotten Tomatoes on a full-time basis, officially launching on April 1, 2000.
In June 2004, IGN Entertainment
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