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"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... Constantine

The battle between heaven and hell that became a battle between audiences and critics comes to a fiery conclusion as we ask: Does Keanu Reeves' supernatural cult hit deserve its Rotten Tomatometer score?

by | July 29, 2021 | Comments


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Few movies age quite so well as Constantine, director Francis Lawrence’s 2005 take on DC Comics’ demon-hunting character of the same name. The film, with Keanu Reeves chain-smoking his way with gravelly charisma through the title role, was largely dismissed by critics at the time of its release who called it a Matrix rip-off with some visual flair but not much else. And yet over the years it’s gained a cult following among fans who’ve been encouraging horror and action lovers – and Rotten Tomatoes – to look closer.

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So it is that Constantine has a Fresh Audience Score of 72%, which towers above its Tomatometer score of 46%. And so it is we’re revisiting this supernatural tale of heaven, hell, and cats (!) in an episode of our podcast, Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong.

This is a special episode, though: Our hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis are taking a well-earned break, and this episode was actually recorded as we were piloting the series. So, if the conversation is structured a bit differently than what you’re used to hearing on Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong, that’s why.

What’s not different? The awesome insights Jacqueline and Mark bring, aided brilliantly by special guest Karama Horne, a.k.a. culture journalist and professional geek “TheBlerdGurl.”

What were fans digging that critics weren’t? Tune in to find out.

Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”

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If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.

Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.

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