“Wow, the reviews from the critics tells you all you need to know about how seriously to take them on anything.”
A new documentary starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being promoted as having a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience score tell a different story.
As noted on the social media pages for Netflix’s “Knock Down the House,” all 66 of the professional reviews on the website are positive. “A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions,” reads the “Critics Consensus” blurb.
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Some of the featured critics admitted to weeping with joy while watching the movie, which was released last week.
— Knock Down the House (@knockdownmovie) May 3, 2019
The pull quote from Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson was: “Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today’s American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears.”
Tomris Laffly of The Wrap wrote: “Not unlike the candidates it portrays, Knock Down The House puts in the necessary work towards a payoff that earns both cheers and tears.”
One of the harshest criticisms came from The Toronto Star’s Peter Howell, who called the movie “inspirational,” but complained that Ocasio-Cortez deserves an even better documentary.
“The definitive AOC doc awaits, but Knock Down the House provides a bracing first draft,” he said.
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The movie – which follows Ocasio-Cortez and, to a much lesser extent, three other first-time female Democratic candidates for Congress during their 2018 primary bids – has received similarly rave reviews from Woke Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly urged her more than 4 million followers to go see it.
However, the “Audience Score” on Rotten Tomatoes was a thoroughly “Rotten” 51 percent – suggesting that movie critics and online activists don’t necessarily represent all Americans. The popular thrashing came despite the platform’s efforts to crack down on “trolling” after it was flooded with negative comments anticipating the March premiere of “Captain Marvel.”
Many of the 285 amateur reviewers derided “Knock Down the House” as liberal propaganda.
“Bad movie, SJW trash,” said a characteristic comment.
“A propaganda film nothing more or less,” said another.
A number of commenters opined that the movie’s perfect “Tomatometer” score shows how biased and out of touch the media is.
“Horrible film goes to show how biased this platform and the media is trying to force us to like a politician,” one person said.
“Wow, the reviews from the critics tells you all you need to know about how seriously to take them on anything,” someone else wrote.
In a review of the “Knock Down the House” that was not approved by Rotten Tomatoes, The Federalist’s David Marcus called the movie a “campaign contribution to Ocasio-Cortez.”
“That’s fine,” he wrote. “But the next time a conservative corporation wants to air a political ad or engage in political messaging, let’s not hear that big, moneyed interests should stay out of politics.”
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- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to winning the Democratic primary for New York’s 14 congressional district on June 26, 2018.: Screen grab