Amazon Puts 3-Day Hold on All Reviews After User Ratings Sink ‘Lord of the Rings’ Spinoff


Amazon has invoked a pause on reviews of Prime Video content at a time when its “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is awash in bad reviews.

The pause was noted by The Verge, which explained that the policy was originally designed to prevent so-called review bombing in which one movie or show is flooded with terrible reviews.

The Verge said Amazon explained through a representative that the idea was to be sure bots were not taking over the reviews.

Bad reviews are a fact of life though, for the show that offers a new take on the “Lord of the Rings” saga. Amazon has said its 25 million global viewers in the day it premiered is a very positive sign.


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Over at The Hollywood Reporter, the news is that the show has “overwhelming negative reviews.”

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The site Rotten Tomatoes gives the first episodes a 2.4 audience score.

For example, a reviewer named Brendan C, opined, “The writers are stunningly incompetent in that they do not know how to construct a narrative. The problem is not just that there are too many storylines, although there are, but that none of them would work on its own.”

“Each is dramatically inert and wanders without clear direction; one character spends…


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