Love it or hate it, Rotten Tomatoes has impacted movies in a big way. The review aggregator has become a go-to source for finding out the consensus on new movies and upsetting fanboys. With many of 2017’s biggest movies yet to be released, here are my predictions of what their Rotten Tomatoes scores will be.
Cars 3 (73%)
The Cars franchise has never been one of Pixar’s bright spots, yet somehow we’re getting a third before we even have a second Incredibles. Though after Cars 2 was poorly received with a 39% rating, I feel that Pixar has learned from some of their mistakes and will probably deliver a film on the caliber of the first, which is 74%.
Transformers: The Last Knight (26%)
It’s no secret that critics aren’t fans of the Transformers movies, and with Michael Bay returning to direct, that’s not likely to change with this one. But with a shorter runtime, it should be a leaner and more well received movie than the worst of the franchise. Though if previous Transformers films are any indication, the critics won’t stop it from being an explosive hit at the box office.
Despicable Me 3 (74%)
Gru is back, and after the mixed reactions to 2015’s Minions, the franchise seems to be back on track. It’s not going to be an animation classic by any means, but it looks like a funny and colorfully animated film, which is all it needs to be.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (84%)
Spider-Man’s first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe should be great. Tom Holland has already proved himself with his performance in Civil War, and with Robert Downey Jr. showing up as Iron Man, it looks like another strong addition to Marvel’s winning formula, as long as Sony doesn’t do too much meddling. Even if it’s a disappointment, its score will probably still be high, considering the dancing emo Spider-Man movie got 63%
War for the Planet of the Apes (88%)
The Planet of the Apes reboot series has been one of the most surprisingly successful franchises of recent years. And from the looks of it, this will be a strong finish to a great trilogy. Expect praise for its stunning motion capture CGI and thrilling action sequences.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (30%)
From Luc Besson, a director who hasn’t done a particularly well reviewed movie in a long time, Valerian is a movie that looks visually impressive. However, critics will look past that if there isn’t more under the surface, which seems very possible. It will likely go down the same route as movies like Jupiter Ascending and John Carter.
The new war epic from Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk could be one of the years most praised movies. It looks pulse pounding, and with a director like Nolan, I can’t see this not getting great reviews from critics. It could even be a contender for award season.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (75%)
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit in 2015, and its sequel, with Matthew Vaughn returning to direct and new additions to the cast like Channing Tatum and Halle Berry, will probably follow course and be a fun James Bond-esque action movie.
Blade Runner 2049 (93%)
The long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2049 comes from Denis Villeneuve. Considering he directed last years Arrival, which got 93% and was nominated for best picture, it should be one of the year’s highlights. Harrison Ford is returning to his role from the original and Ryan Gosling also stars.
Thor: Ragnorok (88%)
I have no doubt that Ragnorok will be the best Thor movie. Having it set primarily outside of Earth is a smart move, and of course, Hulk making an appearance can’t be a bad thing. Hopefully, it will be considered one of Marvel’s best.
Justice League (53%)
Wonder Woman‘s success has shown us that DC may be taking things in a better direction. And if the trailers are any indication, Justice League will have a more fun tone, which should give it a boost for critics. But considering Batman v Superman got only 27%, which was also directed by Zack Snyder, I don’t see this being a critical hit, but I hope I’m wrong.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (91%)
Following strong reviews for The Force Awakens and Rogue One, The Last Jedi should live up to its hype as maybe the most anticipated movie of the year. I think Rian Johnson will do a great job directing, and FINALLY Luke will actually say something!