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How Avengers Infinity War’s Rotten Tomatoes score compares to rest of Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has quite the unblemished record on Rotten Tomatoes. With Avengers: Infinity War debuting with an 86% score, here’s how the rest of the lineup compares.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Apr 26, 2018 17:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Josh Brolin’s villainous Thanos has been called the most formidable adversary the Avengers have ever faced.

Rotten Tomatoes scores might be controversial - several filmmakers look at the review aggregator site as being a step backwards for film criticism - but studios live by them. A ‘rotten’ score can affect a film’s box office, and likewise, a ‘fresh’ score, when received, is proudly plastered on posters - sort of like how blurbs were a few years ago.

With Avengers: Infinity War debuting to a healthy 86% score on Wednesday, it gives us an opportunity to take a look at how Marvel movies have performed with the critics over the years.

Famously, Marvel has crafted a dependable perception among both critics and fans, with none of their 19 films falling in the ‘rotten’ category (less than 60%). And while Infinity War’s score isn’t as high as the first Avengers film’s rating (92%), it is higher than what Avengers: Age of Ultron could manage (76%).

At a glace, the highest rated Marvel movie is February’s Black Panther (96%) and lowest rated of the lot is Thor: The Dark World (66%). But to add a little bit of nuance to these scores - Rotten Tomatoes is very binary - fans should take a look at their average rating. The average rating is a tally of the individual scores every critic has given a particular film, thereby making it a more accurate representation of the film’s reception.

So Infinity War’s 86% score translates to a 7.6/10 rating. Black Panther is at an 8.2/10, Ultron at 6.7 and the original Avengers at a round 8.

Here’s a graphic comparison of the 19 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked in order of release date.

The film releases on April 27 and stars Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner (?), Samuel L Jackson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd (?) and Tom Hiddleston.

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First Published: Apr 26, 2018 16:59 IST