Expelled in context at Rotten Tomatoes

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Epsilon Clue puts the Rotten Tomato ratings of Expelled in the context of some real clunkers. A couple of selected entries:

Plan 9 from Outer Space: Ed Wood’s famously-bad movie starring Bela Lugosi, who died after shooting only five minutes of film: 62%. Granted, this is skewed by the camp value of the result.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Car chases and short shorts. Not exactly Oscar material. 14%

Left Behind: Sappy melodramatic Christian porn: 12%

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And finally, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the plucky new documentary that blows the lid off the anti-creationism conspiracy: 9%.

Shoot, Ben Stein can’t even beat the Britney Spears epic Crossroads (not the one PZed was interviewed for) which made a stellar 15%. Read the full post at Epsilon Clue.

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That just proves the Darwinian and anti-God-Intelligent-Designer-who-isn’t-a-space-alien conspiracy is wider than than Ben thought.

Those reviewers are obviously afraid for their jobs.

From the news section of the Expelled web site:

““Big Science Academy” is proud to have the support of the “Mainstream Press” in stifling the rise of freedom of speech in our science classrooms. In so many ways, “Big Science” and “Big Media” are on exactly the same page, when it comes to making sure that dissenters and troublemakers are properly expelled.”

From Rotten Tomatoes, which provides a summary of movie reviews:

Zombie Strippers: 40% (all critics), 38% (top critics)

Expelled: 9% (all critics), 0% (top critics)

Big Media: they hate dissent, but they kinda like zombie strippers.

These guys are real fans of Orwellian doublethink. “The truth is a lie.”

““Big Science Academy” is proud to have the support of the “Mainstream Press” in stifling the rise of freedom of speech in our science classrooms.

Their next movie, if they can obtain financing, will be about the downfall of a powerful, advanced nation into a new Dark Ages. It will feature the Inner Party played by Xian Death Cultists and roughly 300 million serfs and slaves played by former Americans. 2084 is coming to a continent near you sooner than you think.

“Big Science” and “Big Media” are on exactly the same page

Huh?!?

Hasn’t one of sciences’ biggest complaints been that “Big Media” refuses to take the time to ever understand critical scientific issues because science is boring and unimportant compared to big, important stuff like Paris Hilton’s lack of underwear?

The same page? We’re not even in the same library!

(By the way, where can I rent Zombie Strippers? I want it for, um, some research.

Anything, absolutely ANYTHING, to avoid admitting they made a crappy movie, even to themselves.

Especially to themselves.

“Worse than Gigli” comes to mind as I watch the reviews of Expelled come in.

Speed 2: 4% Hottie and the Nottie (Paris Hilton): 5%

Speaking of Britney Spears:

You say Kevin Miller, we say Ken Miller, You say Caroline Crocker, we say Chris Comer, Berlinski, Bolinsky, Chris, Crocker, Let’s call the whole thing off.

Coming soon to a theater near you: “Expelled II: Leave Ben Stein Alone!”

There is no way anyone can win with “Expelled,” given as how it got a worse rating than “Ishtar”’s 19%.

Frank J,

I would love to see a Chris Crocker-style “Leave Ben Stein Alone!” parody.

Their next movie, if they can obtain financing, will be about the downfall of a powerful, advanced nation into a new Dark Ages. It will feature the Inner Party played by Xian Death Cultists and roughly 300 million serfs and slaves played by former Americans. 2084 is coming to a continent near you sooner than you think.

too late, that move has already been made:

Idiocracy

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/

I have seen “Plan 9” and read the first Left Behind book (not seen the movie).

Plan 9 is clearly among the best, if not the best, bad movies of all times. Not believable in the slightest, but entertaining.

The Left Behind book was pedestrian, melodramatic. Cardboard characters. Unbelievable story line. Not something I would ever read again or recommend to anyone else.

puts the Rotten Tomato ratings of Expelled in the context of some real clunkers. A couple of selected entries

Talking of rotten tomatoes from Christian film makers what about these:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203408/

It is the worst thing ever created period. If this were the days of the Old Testament, God would smite everyone who had anything to do witht his movie and ten plagues would descend upon the studio that made it. Not only is it a poor piece of directing, writing, and filmaking altogther, it goes on to frsutrate the viewer with promises of an interesting story, leaving you unable to walk out of the movie, in hopes that at the end it will all come together to make sense. Heads up guys: It doesn’t.

Do not see this movie. If you are ever forced to at gunpoint, take your chances, if you live the bullet will be far less painful than watching this piece of garbage. If you die, you can die never having seen the Omega Code, a feat I only wish I will be able to claim on my death bed.

Paul Crouch and Hal Lindsey had a hand in that one. Why a great actor like Michael York agreed to star in it is beyond me (he must have been hard up for cash). It was so bad they made a sequel:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0263728/

which seems to have been somewhat better than the first one. TBN often screen these films.

I wonder will expelled appear on any of the Christian channels eventually ? This also did the rounds in Christian coffee bars, youth fellowships and churches over here in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070795/

Perhaps because I was so young, innocent and BRAINWASHED when I saw it, this movie was the cause of many sleepless nights for me. I haven’t seen it since I was in seventh grade at a Presbyterian school, so I am not sure what effect it would have on me now. However, I will say that it left an impression on me… and most of my friends. It did serve its purpose, at least until we were old enough and knowledgeable enough to analyze and create our own opinions. I was particularly terrified of what the newly-converted post-rapture Christians had to endure when not receiving the mark of the beast. I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it so I will not mention details of the scenes, but I can still picture them in my head… and it’s been 19 years.

I wonder if this is where expelled will eventually end up ?

puts the Rotten Tomato ratings of Expelled in the context of some real clunkers. A couple of selected entries

Talking of rotten tomatoes from Christian film makers what about these:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203408/

It is the worst thing ever created period. If this were the days of the Old Testament, God would smite everyone who had anything to do witht his movie and ten plagues would descend upon the studio that made it. Not only is it a poor piece of directing, writing, and filmaking altogther, it goes on to frsutrate the viewer with promises of an interesting story, leaving you unable to walk out of the movie, in hopes that at the end it will all come together to make sense. Heads up guys: It doesn’t.

Do not see this movie. If you are ever forced to at gunpoint, take your chances, if you live the bullet will be far less painful than watching this piece of garbage. If you die, you can die never having seen the Omega Code, a feat I only wish I will be able to claim on my death bed.

Paul Crouch and Hal Lindsey had a hand in that one. Why a great actor like Michael York agreed to star in it is beyond me (he must have been hard up for cash). It was so bad they made a sequel:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0263728/

which seems to have been somewhat better than the first one. TBN often screen these films.

I wonder will expelled appear on any of the Christian channels eventually ? This also did the rounds in Christian coffee bars, youth fellowships and churches over here in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070795/

Perhaps because I was so young, innocent and BRAINWASHED when I saw it, this movie was the cause of many sleepless nights for me. I haven’t seen it since I was in seventh grade at a Presbyterian school, so I am not sure what effect it would have on me now. However, I will say that it left an impression on me… and most of my friends. It did serve its purpose, at least until we were old enough and knowledgeable enough to analyze and create our own opinions. I was particularly terrified of what the newly-converted post-rapture Christians had to endure when not receiving the mark of the beast. I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it so I will not mention details of the scenes, but I can still picture them in my head… and it’s been 19 years.

I wonder if this is where expelled will eventually end up ?

I’m not sure it makes sense to compare Expelled’s RT score directly to other movies like this, because the number of reviews included in the sample is so relatively small. Most rotten tomatoes scores are based on about 100 reviews. Expelled has 21. “9%” in this case means just that two of the reviewers liked it, one of them from “Christianity Today”. I don’t know what score Expelled could have received if more places had reviewed it, but I would note that with more reviewers a lone approval from Christianity Today would not be able to bestow 4.5 RT points all by itself.

There’s also another odd thing to take into account here: RottenTomatoes scores are often weirdly skewed for documentaries. Documentaries often tend to only be reviewed at all by publications that specifically tend to like documentaries, so they usually have low numbers of reviewers and somewhat inflated scores. Expelled is odd in that respect in that it’s a documentary with a very low RT score. Of course, if you look you find that the alt-weekly usual suspects from rottentomatoes aggregations of documentaries aren’t so much present and a lot of the people who did write reviews are places like the NYT, who seem to be covering “Expelled” less because they review movies but more as if they are covering its release as a news event.

What if god is inspiring christian filmmakers to produce dreck in order to supply his library of awful movies that evolutionists will be forced to watch in hell for eternity.

Ex-drone Wrote:

What if god is inspiring christian filmmakers to produce dreck in order to supply his library of awful movies that evolutionists will be forced to watch in hell for eternity.

Could be. But if God is anything like mainstream Christians and Jews claim, it’s more likely that dishonest anti-evolution activists will be spending an eternity in hell watching “Fahrenheit 911” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Frank J:

Ex-drone Wrote:

What if god is inspiring christian filmmakers to produce dreck in order to supply his library of awful movies that evolutionists will be forced to watch in hell for eternity.

Could be. But if God is anything like mainstream Christians and Jews claim, it’s more likely that dishonest anti-evolution activists will be spending an eternity in hell watching “Fahrenheit 911” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”

I am more inclined to imagine these people in Dante’s version of Hell wherein the Liars for Jesus will be consigned to the 8th Circle of Hell, reserved for liars. They’d probably be grouped in with the sorcerers and false prophets who have their heads twisted around on their bodies backward, crying so many tears that they cannot see.

One of the themes of Dante’s infernos is that the sinners are no so much incapable of escaping their sins, but utterly unwilling to escape them. They essentially refuse to admit that they were wrong, and it is that pride that traps them in Hell.

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