By Stephen Ippolito | October 29th, 2021
Marvel Studios’ newest film, Eternals, is not doing that well with critics. Through 123 reviews, the movie has earned a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest score ever for an MCU movie.
If these numbers hold, Eternals will become the fourth Marvel Studios movie (Thor: The Dark World 66%, The Incredible Hulk 67%, Iron Man 2 72%) to not receive a “designated fresh” seal of 75% or above.
Technically, it is possible that its rating could improve between now and its release date (November 5). However, given that film scores rarely improve when more reviews come in, it seems unlikely.
According to the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus, the film doesn’t sound like it’s awful or anything close to that level. It just sounds like it has flaws.
“An ambitious superhero epic that soars slightly more often than it strains, Eternals takes the MCU in intriguing — and occasionally confounding — new directions.”Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus
Going over some of the individual reviews, common complaints about it seem to be the plot and pace. With a runtime of 157 minutes (second longest in the MCU), it’s easy to see how there could be pacing issues.
What’s surprising about the rating is that the film was directed by Chloe Zhao, who’s just coming off an Oscar win. Hopefully, the audience rating will be better. Who knows, maybe we’ll have a reverse Star War: The Last Jedi situation where in that case, the critics loved it, but the audience didn’t. I guess will find out next week.