If you were to ask the critics, the documentary “Fauci” about the White House’s chief virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, now available on Disney+, is a triumph that hits every note with flawless precision. It’s a masterclass in storytelling and the only problem with it is that there wasn’t more.
If you ask the audience about it, you’ll have trouble hearing them. The sites that post these epic critic reviews would rather you only get their take, it would seem.
It would appear that, for a time, the critic site “Rotten Tomatoes” kept the audience reviews from being displayed while keeping the critic score in full display. According to Breitbart, who took a screenshot at the time, the site had disabled it for no clear reason. Currently, the score is now displayed, and if they were trying to hide it, then it’s easy to see why.
As of this writing, the Rotten Tomatoes critic score on “Fauci” is 91 percent “fresh” with glowing reviews from the likes of CNN’s Brian Lowry, who make it clear that “critics have seemingly twisted his image beyond recognition in their attempts to demonize him.”
“Fauci is a refreshing figure and a standard-bearer for truth,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian.
The audience rating for “Fauci”?
Four percent with a 0.8 out of 5 stars in the average rating.
Once again we learn that the professional movie critics aren't critics, they're propaganda salesmen. pic.twitter.com/iMaSqVENC4
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 11, 2021
Reading each of the negative reviews from the audience gives you a realistic impression about what the movie really is, which is a puff piece meant to make Fauci seem like a near-perfect human being.
“It was less informative as a documentary on Fauci and felt more like a long advertisement for a political candidate,” wrote user Ian M.
Meanwhile, on IMDB.com, it would appear that the documentary sports a 1.6 out of 10 stars, putting it below the site’s lowest-ranked movie “Disaster Movie.” Despite this, IMDB did not list Fauci among its lowest-rated movies.
It’s clear that the documentary is reviled by audiences, and there’s no doubt that many people’s bias against Fauci has a lot to do with it, but it’s also clear that the documentary isn’t so much a documentary as it is a propaganda piece attempting to elevate Fauci and cast him in more of a positive light than he deserves.
Moreover, it proves that professional movie critics are more than willing to forgo their professional critiques of films and base them more on which boxes it checks or which side of the political aisle it falls on. This was well highlighted by the New York Post’s Jon Levine, who posted the Rotten Tomatoes scores for two different comedy specials.
The first was Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” and the other was for Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette.” Chappelle’s special is widely hated by the left and labeled as “transphobic,” with some even accusing Chappelle, a famously black man, of having “white privilege.” Gadsby is a feminist comedian.
You can see how the critics feel about things they critique based on their political leanings very clearly.
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 11, 2021
Fauci’s documentary was always going to get the same treatment, if patterns were to be upheld, but it does reinforce a very valuable lesson about movie critics…don’t listen to them.